ITV (TV channel)

ITV logo 2019.svg
Logo since 1 January 2019
Launched22 September 1955; 64 years ago (1955-09-22) (launch of the Independent Television network)
28 October 2002; 17 years ago (2002-10-28) (launch of ITV unified on-air identity)
Owned byITV plc
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the BARB)
SloganMore than TV
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageBritish English
Broadcast areaEngland, Wales, South Scotland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands
Formerly calledITV1
(2001 to 2013, and later reverted to the ITV name)
ReplacedAnglia Television, Border Television, Carlton Television, Central Independent Television, Channel Television, Granada Television, HTV, LWT, Meridian Broadcasting, Tyne Tees Television, Westcountry Television and Yorkshire Television
(on 28 October 2002)
Sister channel(s)ITV2
FreeviewChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 33 (+1)
Channel 103 (HD)
FreesatChannel 103 (SD)
Channel 111 (HD)
Channel 112 (+1)
Channel 977 (AD) (ITV London)
Sky UK onlyChannel 103 (SD/HD)
Channel 176 (HD) (parts of England and Scottish Borders)
Channel 203 (+1)
Channel 803 (SD) (parts of England and Wales)
Channel 973 (AD & +1) (ITV London)
Astra 2E (28.2°E)10758 V 22000 5/6
10891 H 22000 5/6
10906 V 22000 5/6
Astra 2G (28.2°E)10994 H 22000 5/6
11053 H 23000 3/4 (HD)
11068 V 23000 3/4 (HD)
Eutelsat 10A
NSS 12
Virgin MediaChannel 103
Channel 113 (HD)
Channel 114 (+1)
Channel 853 (AD) (ITV London)
Channel 217 (ITV London)
UPC Switzerland (Switzerland)Channel 205 (HD) (ITV London)
WightFibreChannel 3
FreewireChannel 103
Channel arbitrary
Streaming media
Watch live
(ITV London, ITV regions only)
Watch live
(ITV London, UK only)
Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)

ITV is a British free-to-air television channel. Previously a network of separate uniquely identifiable regional television channels, ITV currently operates in England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

From 2001 until 2013, the primary ITV channel was called ITV1. In 2004, Granada Television acquired Carlton Communications to form ITV plc.

ITV is the biggest and most popular commercial television channel in the United Kingdom. ITV, and its predecessor channels have contended with BBC One for the status of the UK's most watched television channel since the 1950s. However, in line with other terrestrial channels, ITV's audience share has fallen as a result of availability of multi-channel television in the UK.


Following the creation of the Television Act 1954, the establishment of a commercial television service in the UK began.

The Independent Television service, abbreviated ITV, was made up of distinct regions, with each region run by different franchisee companies. The three largest regions, London, the Midlands, and the North of England, were sub-divided into weekday and weekend services, with a different company running each. ITV existed in a region-heavy form from its inception through to the 2000s, although the switch to a single unified service was gradual.

ITV1 became the generic on-screen brand name used by the twelve franchises of the ITV Network in the United Kingdom. The ITV1 brand was introduced in 2001 by Carlton- and Granada-owned franchises, initially used alongside the local regional name, such as "ITV1 Anglia" and "ITV1 Meridian". However, it became the sole on-air identity in 2002 when the two companies decided to create a single unified playout of the channel, with regional references only used prior to regional programming, such as local news and weather. Carlton and Granada went on to merge in 2004, creating ITV plc, which now owns thirteen of the fifteen regional ITV licences.

The ITV1 name was only used in England, Wales, Southern Scotland, and Isle of Man, until Channel Television adopted the name in January 2006, bringing it to the Channel Islands. As national continuity is often used on Channel Television, ITV1 national branding had been seen on the station for several years previously.

The licencees that used the ITV brand were: Anglia Television, Border Television, Carlton Television, Central Independent Television, Channel Television, Granada Television, HTV, London Weekend Television, Meridian Television, Tyne Tees Television, Westcountry Television, and Yorkshire Television.

ITV Wales & West was the only exception, using the name ITV1 Wales at all times for the Welsh part of its broadcast area, as it has a higher regional commitment. Latterly, the ITV1 Wales name was only used on break-bumpers and regionally advertised programmes until 2013. Non ITV plc-owned licencees on the ITV network generally did not refer to the ITV name.

The network production arms of the ITV-plc owned licencees have been gradually combined since 1993, to eventually form ITV Studios.