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Your cue for laughs with the famous

Published 25 March 2024

A new idea in satire from Central

Double eye for the dual region

Published 15 December 2023

What we could have won: ATV’s application for the Midlands ITV contract in 1980

Another chance to see… regional ITV

Published 21 July 2023

What’s on ITV tonight? There was once over a dozen answers to this question

UFO sightings

Published 27 June 2023

Newspaper reports about the sighting of a strange white sphere over the Midlands in December 1981

ITV in 1988: Central

Published 26 January 2023

Inside Central Independent Television in 1988

How the new look will change ITV

Published 22 September 2022

The franchise results are in. What will this mean for ITV in the 1980s?

Start the day the Central way

Published 10 July 2022

Stewart White brings Central Television on the air in 1982 for schools programmes

Celebrity hosts

Published 6 June 2022

All manner of people turn up at Central TV in Birmingham in order to link the children’s programmes

Breakfast with Anna

Published 15 October 2021

The new ITV contracts are announced, to mixed reviews from the Daily Mirror

Auf Wiedersehen, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

Published 31 August 2021

Production values have changed… for the better?

Where is Central Television?

Published 5 April 2021

A local newspaper takes issue with the new Central Independent Television in the East Midlands

Shotgun wedding

Published 18 June 2018

Has the IBA managed to bring peace to the Westward board room? And even if so, will they force Westward to merge with a rival bidder? Peter Fiddick of The Guardian speculates in October 1980

Fast forward into a new century as TV tunes into the digital age

Published 11 June 2018

How Central’s new £15 million television centre in Birmingham uses state-of-the-art technology to put the ‘broad’ in broadcasting in 1996

Minority Television in Action

Published 21 May 2018

The IBA celebrates diversity on ITV in 1983

Victorian Television

Published 10 May 2018

The Wall Street Journal looks on aghast at the 1991 ITV franchise auction

East-West relations

Published 12 July 2017

The problems of serving a dual region in 1986

New Directions

Published 23 May 2017

How Central changed ATV’s drama output

Tonight’s Central and Channel 4… in 1985

Published 4 May 2017

A look at what was on Central Independent Television and C4 on Saturday 4 May 1985

The Diary of David Heathcote (13)

Published 3 December 2016

David Heathcote tells the story of his life in and out of broadcasting

The Diary of David Heathcote (12)

Published 26 November 2016

David Heathcote tells the story of his life in and out of broadcasting

The Diary of David Heathcote (11)

Published 19 November 2016

David Heathcote tells the story of his life in and out of broadcasting

The Diary of David Heathcote (10)

Published 12 November 2016

David Heathcote tells the story of his life in and out of broadcasting

Goodbye Crossroads

Published 4 April 2016

After 4,510 episodes, Crossroads comes to an end in 1988 with a TVTimes souvenir pull-out.

Central eyes

Published 13 April 2015

The struggles – at company level, in the studios and with politicians – as ATV became Central

Central Appreciation Day

Published 20 March 2015

Did you enjoy the eclipse? Why not enjoy some more?

A design Year Zero

Published 30 August 2012

BLOG: I love the 1980s. If you agree, you were born between 1970 and 1978, at a guess.

Central dismembered

Published 17 October 2010

Roddy Buxton on the end of ATV and Central’s Birmingham citadel

This is Elstree, part 2

Published 4 October 2010

The second part of Roddy Buxton’s analysis sees ATV Network, ATV Midlands, Daybreak and Central at Elstree

Nevermind: Central pre-launch logo

Published 4 October 2010

Russ J Graham looks at a ‘what might have been’ for Central Independent Television’s on-screen design

The rise and fall of Lenton Lane

Published 17 August 2010

How Lenton Lane, Central’s studios in Nottingham, went from nothing to something and back to nothing – by someone who was there.

Paradise Lost Part IV – Central House

Published 25 April 2009

Extending the studios as Central launches

Regionally yours

Published 23 October 2008

Joy of Six: ITV regional idents This “top six” list of regional ITV idents controversially puts TSW in the top position ahead of ATV (the heretics); TSW’s second ident in…

Inside Lenton Lane

Published 22 June 2008

East Midlands television centre

ATV’s Television Garden

Published 16 December 2007

ATV’s Television Garden

A trip to Giltbrook

Published 2 September 2007

Central News East… or not

A trip to Broad Street

Published 1 March 2007

1997: time for a final trip around ATV Centre before all the gear is sold off.

Eastern Promise

Published 26 June 2006

Anglia was never the region it seemed


Published 3 September 2005

From 1955 to 2005 by way of changing priorities and consumerism

The ITV Top 10: 7 – Central

Published 3 September 2005

If we can’t have ATV…

Seeing double

Published 4 April 2005

ITV faces fine after Central news ’emergency’ Bit of a strange one, this. The director of a late evening Central News East bulletin supposedly had an ’emergency’ to contend with,…

You can’t touch me, I’m part of the union

Published 1 June 2004

Glenn Aylett on industrial relations in broadcasting

Who killed the continuity announcers?

Published 24 May 2004

We ask the question


Published 24 May 2004

Natural successor

Central electricity

Published 24 May 2004

The genesis of a new service for the Midlands

Indepth on Central Independent Television

Published 24 May 2004

The Cake

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