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Granada Television

Granada Television
NameGranada ITV
Granada Television
The Manchester Studios
Manchester, England, UK
AreaNorth of England (1956 68)
North West England (1968 present)
Isle of Man (2009 present)
OwnerITV Broadcasting Ltd.
(formerly Granada PLC from 1954 to 2004)
Airdate3 May 1956
The ident used by Granada featuring the 'G' logo with which the company was most identified with the arrow signifying the 'North'. The logo continued in use until 2004.
CloseddateLost on-air identity 27 October 2002 (known as ITV1 at all times). Known officially as Granada ITV.
ReplacedABC Weekend Television at weekends from 1968
ReplacedbyYorkshire Television in east of original region from 1968.

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Granada ITV, branded as ITV Granada (known popularly by its former name Granada Television or Granada Manchester) is the United Kingdom ITV contractor for North West England and the Isle of Man. Based at The Manchester Studios since inception, it is the only one of the original four ITA franchisees from 1954 that survived as a franchise holder into the 21st century and is regarded as ITV's most successful franchise. Granada is also the only ITV franchisee to have never lost a franchise round and is the last franchise to survive in its independent form prior to the formation of ITV plc in 2004. Since 2004, the Granada license is now accredited to ITV Broadcasting Ltd.

Broadcasting began on 3 May 1956 under the original "North of England" weekday franchise, which also covered most of Yorkshire.

Granada Television's productions were marked by a distinctive northern identity. In 1968 the transmission area was divided into two, with Granada holding the "North West England" franchise on all days and continues to do so today. Granada TV's parent company Granada Group initiated hostile takeovers of many fellow franchisees from 1994, and by 2004 it and Carlton Communications had between them acquired a duopoly of the ITV franchises in England and Wales. The Granada Group merged with Carlton to form ITV plc that year.

Granada credits include programmes such as Coronation Street, Seven Up, The Royle Family, World in Action, University Challenge, The Krypton Factor and many more. Currently, Granada is still based at The Manchester Studios but will move to MediaCityUK by 2013. Although Granada Television has ceased to continue as a separate entity, the Granada identity still continues with the North West of England referred to as the Granada region. ITV still use the Granada moniker as evidenced in the ITV Granada channel but the iconic red neon Granada TV signage that adorned the Granada Studios which was a fixture on the Mancunian skyline for nearly 60 years was removed in September 2010 prompting anger among some Mancunians.

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