All posts by Andrew Nairn

The end of an era – a time to take stock

The official end of UTV continuity marks the end of regional announcers at ITV plc – only STV, an entirely separate company, still has them.

PICTURED: UTV ident.

ITV confirms no return to UTV branding in Northern Ireland

There was an inevitability about today’s news that ITV branding on UTV is to become permanent.

Curious correlation between Dr Who regeneration and BBC One globe changes

Today marks the 57th anniversary of the first episode of Doctor Who. BBC One marked the occasion with a trail teasing the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack in the festive special.

How can a pre-recorded programme go so wrong BBC One?

It must be the biggest catastrophe on BBC One for decades. For ten long minutes, the network descended into chaos after Panorama failed to start.

Could promotional slides make a comback?

Pres fans watching Strictly last night may have been cheering just after the show finished. But their celebrations would have had nothing to do with the winner of the dreaded ‘Dance-Off’.

Are broadcasters forgoing key skills in their pursuit of “authentic” channel announcers?

It was the style of speech which defined the BBC for decades. For a long time Received Pronunciation was used by virtually all BBC broadcasters. It was Lord Reith who believed this to be a form of speech which would be

Impact of new lockdown measures on broadcasting

It’s the last thing anybody would have wanted. Circuit breakers in Wales, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland have been followed by an impending 4-week lockdown in England.

UTV news programmes to adopt ITV News branding?

There are signs that some ITV News branding may be about to appear on UTV Live. A brand-building promotion for ITV News screened in Northern Ireland features a UTV reporter. And a graphic branded ‘ITV News UTV’ lurks on the

UTV branding: watch this space

It’s now four years since UTV got a revamp to bring it into line with ITV and almost seven months since local continuity was dropped. This was, of course, brought about as an emergency measure at the height of the

ITV closing SD streams for small regions?

Last updated: Friday 16th October 2020. A little postscript to the news that all ITV’s regions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be available in HD from Tuesday.