The end of local television?

Last week Ofcom gave ITV the go-ahead to cut regional output by 50%. Today ITV have duly gone and cut 1,000 jobs, almost half of which will come from regional news. ITV plc looks set to reduce the number of its regional news areas from 17 to nine. It does make you wonder about the […]

Un-nice television logos

FilmFour is Free, you surely must have noticed. Except that in the middle of the huge campaign to alert us all to the fact that the respected film channel is coming to Freeview, Channel 4 only went and decided to change its name. The new name is Film4. It’s not a huge change, but that […]

STV’s big rebrand

Today viewers were given a preview of Scottish and Grampian’s brand new uber-identity, STV — er sorry, I mean stv — which launches next Tuesday. The idents are a bit strange. We’re treated to a variety of gormless people goofing about, sometimes in recognisable locations, with a plastic ‘S’ which resembles the old British Steel […]

Official: Nighttime TV is an error

Well that’s another blog milestone notched up. One of my posts has been linked on Wikipedia — an article on Nighttime TV. Substub which appears to refer to a broadcasting error, the only other reference to which appears to be here. Not notable unless a lot more information emerges. (Emphasis mine.) Just as well STV […]

It had to happen eventually

I completely missed this news yesterday. The first time I heard about it, it was buried in a newspaper review on Radio Scotland this morning. SMG have finally decided to stop pretending that they are running two television stations and just be upfront about it. Grampian Television will be gone forever, and the two SMG […]

ITV1 to be renamed ‘Balls’

That’s according to ITV’s marketing people, who have decided that ITV1 needs a name that reflects its programming better. Not really. Sorry for my third media post in a row (doh), but I’ve just read this article on ITV’s upcoming rebrand, and it is such a pile of absolute minge. Welcome to the world of […]

Scottish and Grampian opt-outs

The SMG channels are planning sub-opts in our local news bulletins. Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it. It’s a bit of a sucker-punch — the perception is that Scottish TV and Grampian TV are now practically the same channel in every respect apart from the name (and local bulletin). The problem Scottish TV […]