|BBC Productions: will it be Arqiva mark two in 2017?||1|
|12th birthday: six improvements to UK Free TV||2|
|50th birthday: guest RDI blog||3|
|Around the Bend?||4|
|DTG Summit: Freeview 700 MHz band for 4G very likely, BBC pay-Freeview not||5|
|New Freeview and Freesat channel TruTV to start soon||6|
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|BBC 2017: The problem with turning Freeview into Payview to keep the 3% happy||9|
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|Michael Bill McDonald: Your current aerial is a wideb||2|
|Briantist Edward Cunningham: Hi. Without a subscripti||3|
|Colin Knight It would be useful if you could select s||4|
|Edward Cunningham Do unused Sky Boxes have a value? I||5|
|jb38 Bill McDonald: Thanks for the update on the situ||6|
|MikeB Bill McDonald: Try The Honourable Women on BBC2||7|
|Briantist Bill Potts: There is also the Every mast |||8|
|Bill McDonald Many thanks to JB38 and MikeP for their||9|
|Mr L Pantlin For the last 3 weeks I have noted that a||10|
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|Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?||4|
|Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) digital TV transmitter||5|
|Waltham (Leicestershire, England) digital TV transmitter||6|
|What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'?||7|
|My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?||8|
|Winter Hill (Bolton, England) digital TV transmitter||9|
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|What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'?||3|
|Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels?||4|
|Can I receive British Eurosport for free?||5|
|My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?||6|
|How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?||7|
|My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected||8|
|How can I get Channel 5 on Sky in Ireland?||9|
|How can I watch Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a free-to-view card?||10|
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Back in 1970, the Independent Broadcasting Authority licensed "independent television" provider ATV to provide a new colour television service to Oxfordshire. ATV made a somewhat psychedelic promotional film:
Many years later, Central Independent Television was hoping to hold on the licence to broadcast and "in advance of the 1992 franchise round, Central raised the bar by creating its own new sub-region, giving the area served by the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitters in the west and south of the region its own local news service. The new regulator, the Independent Television Commission, responded by making this a requirement for all applicants. "
The last time there was an competition for the Channel 3 licences (rather than a simple renewal of the status quo) was for the period stating in 1993.
To the south of Central, the licence went to Meridian Broadcasting, who split their region into three: news would come from not just Southampton but Maidstone and Newbury
During the mergers that took place to form a single company running Channel 3 in England and Wales, ITV plc combined the Meridian Newbury news area with the Oxfordshire part of Central South to ITV Thames Valley. The Ridge Hill area reverted back to Central West - this lead to complaints and an extra service of ITV West (see here) was provided from the Ridge Hill transmitter's South-East for Gloucester and Cheltenham.
ITV Thames Valley lasted from 4 December 2006 until 8 February 2009.
Since then viewers in Oxfordshire and what was Meridian Newbury have had couple of minutes of news as an opt-out from the larger Meridian region.
So, it is almost shocking that if you visit the ITV sales site, Central South is still alive and well and has the new ITV logo on it (see What area does ITV Central cover? - Why should I advertise on ITV? [pdf]).
Whilst the new arrangements restore many of the best ITV sub-regions, there are some such as WestCountry Televisions FOUR (Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro) that seem unlikely to return.
But it is back to the future for Anglia...