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Meridian Broadcasting

Meridian Broadcasting
NameMeridian Broadcasting
BasedWhiteley, Hampshire
(previously Southampton)
Maidstone, Kent
AreaSouth and South East England
OwnerITV plc
Airdate1 January 1993
Meridian logo from 1993-2004,
unveiled in 1991.

ITV generic ident used from 1999-2001.
ITV was changed to ITV1 in 2001 and the generic ident continued to remain in use until 2002.
CloseddateLost on-air identity 27 October 2002 (now known as ITV1 at all times)
ReplacedTelevision South

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Meridian Broadcasting (now branded as ITV Meridian) is the holder of the ITV franchise for the South and South East of England. The station is owned and operated by ITV plc, under the licensee of ITV Broadcasting Limited.

It has been broadcasting since 1 January 1993, when it replaced TVS. The main headquarters were situated at studios in Northam, Southampton (previously used by both Southern and TVS), but in December 2004 they moved to part of an office building on the Solent Business Park, near Whiteley, Hampshire. As with other regional ITV companies, Meridian's role has gradually been reduced from producing a wide variety of regional and network programming (as it did since 1993, when it inherited a large studio complex in Southampton) to producing little more than regional news bulletins which are a contractual obligation (as it does today).

In late 2011, ITV Meridian will again move to new premises, after fewer than seven years at its current headquarters; this is due to the cancellation of the lease at its Whiteley premises.

* Note: Prior to 9 February 2009, ITV's "South & South East" franchise area coincided only partly with that of the South East England government region, as it did not include the Oxford transmitter region (Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Swindon), which was instead part of the legal "Midlands" franchise area; it also includes parts of Dorset and Wiltshire which are in the South West England region. The area still does not contain parts of the region bordering London which are instead served by ITV London.

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