ITV marks 60th anniversary with specials ...and live Corrie

September marks 60 years since the start of what was then the ITV network. To commemorate this occasion, ITV is celebrating with special programmes, including a live hour-long episode of Coronation Street.

On the 22nd September 1955, the first ITV programmes were broadcast. But it took until 1962 before all areas had their own ITV station. 

In the last six decades, ITV has entertained the country through countless TV classics including The Sweeney, Thunderbirds and Inspector Morse. Now ITV will be looking back through the archives at the channel's highlights:

Programmes to mark the event include:
  • ITV Changed My Life revealing the impact ITV has had on some people's lives, including the first Blind Date couple to marry and the emotional story of how This Morning saved a 38 stone viewers’ life. 
  • Britain As Seen on ITV tells the story of the country through extraordinary real‐life footage seen on ITV over the last 60 years, over the course of six episodes.
  • You Saw Them Here First: Hall of Fame reveals early footage of some of our favourite TV personalities and The Sound of ITV celebrates TV’s most memorable soundtracks.
  • Hour long live Coronation Street - "Corrie" has been on ITV since 1960.

A quick history
ITV - independent television - brought viewers a choice of programmes for the first time. Until 1955, only the BBC broadcast television programmes in the UK.

Originally, individual regional stations held a franchise issued by the Independent Television Authority (ITA), later the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to operate a service in their area. Some areas had two ITV stations broadcasting - one during the week, the other at the weekend. In the 1980s, a separate ITV station covering breakfast time was created: TV-am. Each regional channel had its unique on-air identity. Between 1957 and 1987, ITV also broadcast schools programmes, part of a significantly more diverse schedule than ITV's current range of genres.

Major, controversial changes to the ITV network in the 1990s paved the way for regional stations to become free to merge or acquire other stations, ultimately creating the national ITV service in existence today in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Scottish Borders, with just Central and Northern Scotland's STV and Northern Ireland's UTV still under separate ownership. Granada and Carlton were the last two ITV stations standing outside of most of Scotland and Northern Ireland by 2002, and subsequently merged to create a public limited company called ITV.

The ITV Network Centre, set up in December 1992, arranged a common schedule across the different ITV stations. This arrangement couldn't continue once a single company came to control most of the former ITV 'network', STV and UTV have the new status of affiliates of ITV in their respective broadcast areas, solving some of the issues with ITV Plc the two broadcasters had over the payment of programmes and new broadcast platforms, including on-demand and HD.


  • ITV2 launched 7th December 1998
  • ITV3 launched 1st November 2004
  • ITV4 launched 1st November 2005
  • CITV (channel) launched 11th March 2006
  • ITV HD launched 7th June 2008 (it had broadcast prior to this as a trial service)
  • ITV+1 launched 11th January 2011
  • ITV Encore launched 9th June 2014
  • ITVBe launched 8th October 2014






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3 comments:

  1. I don't congratulate ITV on 60 years of broadcasting, not really liked that channel at all, too many ads, however I like some of their dramas like Downton Abbey but I watch those on the iplayer which is 99% ad free

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  2. Historically, some of ITV's strong points were BBC's weakest points including ITV's mass appeal to the cloth capped - working class audience, while BBC pampered the middle to upper class!
    Another strong point was ITV's confidence on her regions with big news stories reported nationally by regional staff at STV or Ulster, as examples. BBC on the other hand, used to punt regional staff to the side to allow London based staff access to big news stories...

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  3. Historically, some of ITV's strong points were BBC's weakest points including ITV's mass appeal to the cloth capped - working class audience, while BBC pampered the middle to upper class!
    Another strong point was ITV's confidence on her regions with big news stories reported nationally by regional staff at STV or Ulster, as examples. BBC on the other hand, used to punt regional staff to the side to allow London based staff access to big news stories...

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