All posts by Andrew Nairn

Archive footage provides evidence of early use of STV branding

A great little find from the archives was recently shared on Twitter by STV Footage Sales.  Better Viewing was made by STV in 1957 to help their viewers understand how to get the most from

The BBC test card and in-vision teletext

TV Presentation has a cousin – trade test transmissions and in-vision teletext pages. If you grew up in the 70s or 80s and took an interest in what went on between programmes, you may well

Regional ITV anniversaries: to celebrate or not to celebrate

Anniversaries are a funny time for media organisations. On the one hand, they can be an opportunity to celebrate genuine achievements or indulge in some harmless nostalgia. On the other, no forward-looking organisation wants to

Grampian: destination extinction

Those who wondered whether UTV as a channel name is living on borrowed time may want to take a look over the North Channel to Scotland. Not so long ago, the idea of ditching the

ITV daytime schedule changes and the breakfast franchise

Suggestions in some forums that the possible move of Lorraine Kelly’s show to a new slot could cause licensing problems are wide of the mark.

PICTURED: UTV ident.

The continuing erosion of the UTV brand

Updated: 7th October 2019. If ITV is genuinely committed to fully preserving the UTV brand name in the long term then it needs to get its finger out.

The end is nigh for BBC Red Button text service

The end of the BBC’s Red Button text service early next year will mark the end of an era. It is the end of the service designed as the direct successor to Ceefax. It is

ITV: uniting the network (Part 2)

A few weeks ago I took a look at the ultimate failure of the first attempt to create a unitary image for ITV. So how did a single image for most of ITV come into

ITV’s 9.25am start time to disappear?

One of the last legacies of the old ITV system could be set to disappear, according to reports. ITV is considering running Lorraine Kelly’s show until 10am and bringing forward the start of This Morning

PSBs seeking more ad time

ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 are reportedly seeking permission to show more adverts. Strict rules mean they can show less advertising in total than other commercial channels. They are apparently in talks with the