Launched date: 22 September 1995 Owned By: ITV plc, STV Group plc, UTV Media and Channel Television Limited. Audience Share: 19.1 % (ITV Network) Webiste: www.itv.com Chairman: Archie John Norman – took post of Chairman on 8 th Jan 2010 (Michael Grade 2007-2009) Availability Terrestrial: Analogue = normally tuned to 3, Freeview = Channel 3. Satellite: Sky Digital = Channel 103, Freesat = Channel 103 Cable – Virgin Media = Channel 103, TalkTalk TV = Channel 3, UPC Ireland = Channel 110 Internet TV – itv.com, Zattoo – UK Only. Peer-to-peer Internet Protocol TV system
Public service network of British commercial television broadcasters and was set up under the independent television authority to provide a competition to the BBC
Since 1990 and the Broadcasting Act 1990, it’s legal name has been “Channel 3” – 3 having no real meaning other than to distinguish it from BBC 1, BBC2 and C4.
ITV is to be distinguished from ITV plc – company that resulted from the merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communication in 2004 which is the parent of ITV Broadcasting Limited.
Unlike many TV channels ITV is not owned by one single company although it has come close to becoming so in recent years. Ofcom has issued licences to four companies to provide regional Channel 3 services.
Audience Activities ITV can be accessed over the internet, over the iPod Touch and mobile phones. The audience can also interact with TV shows such as Dancing on Ice, The X Factor, I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Outta Here and Popstar to Operastar, by voting in their favourite act to keep them safe when participating in the show by calling in on an 0800 number or by pressing the red button.
itv.com is the main website of ITV plc, the UK's biggest commercial television broadcaster. The website offers online streaming, ITV archive, news, sport, entertainment, games, soaps, lifestyle, drama and an interactive TV guide. Each of ITV plc's channels, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, and CITV Channel have a page with information on their programming www.itv.com was created on 31 st October 1994 but was registered elsewhere for some years before Carlton and Granada merged to itv plc The original ITV URL was www.itv.co.uk, which now redirects to itv.com. itv.co.uk was and still is registered to the ITV Network Limited as opposed to ITV plc.
On 11 October 2006 ITV confirmed that US digital agency Schematic would design a next-generation video-on-demand itv.com website as well as ITV's own digital media player. The new ITV online features media player through which viewers gain access to whole shows, simulcasts ( simul taneous broad cast ) , previews and catch-ups of broadcast content, much of it within a 30-day window, all for free for the viewer, funded by advertising. Soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale were the first genre to launch on 12 th June 2007, followed by Games, Drama, Best of ITV, Lifestyle, Entertainment, and Sport – Over a month to create this on website.
On 10 December 2008 it was announced that itv.com would undergo another redesign to introduce more social media features and a greater emphasis on its most popular TV shows with a "fewer, bigger, better" strategy. The re-design is currently codenamed 'Project Penguin', and follows the announcement of ITV's Catch Up service being rebranded to ITV Player
This media group also operates TV channels/radio stations in Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, UK, Australia, Luxembourg, Spain, Greece, Hungary and Croatia. The group also has production companies in the United States. RTL is one of the world’s leading producers of TV content such as game shows and soaps including The XFactor, Pop Idol, Good Times Bad Times, The Price Is Right, Family Feud, The Bill, The Apprentice and Are You Smarter Than a 5 th Grader?. RTL Group is Europe’s largest TV, radio and production company and it is owned by German transnational media company Bertelsmann. It has 45 television and 32 radio stations in 11 countries. RTL originally stood for Radio Télévision Luxembourg (in French) or Radio Television Luxemburg (in German).
Belgium – RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV. Bosnia & Herzegovina – Televiziia OBN Croatia - RTL Televizija, RTL Plus France – Fun TV, M6, M6 Boutique La Chaîne, M6 Music Hits, M6 Music Rock, M6 Music Black, Paris Première, RTL 9, Série Club, Téva, TF6, W9. Germany – RTL Television, RTL II, Super RTL, RTL Shop, Vox, n-tv, K1010, Traumpartner TV, Passion, RTL Crime, RTL Living, Disney Channel Deutschland. Greece – Alpha TV, Kanali Thessalonki Hungary – RTL KLub Luxembourg - RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Den 2. RTL Netherlands - RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8 Russia – REN TV Spain - Antena 3, Antena.Nova, Antena.Neox UK – Five, Five USA, FIVER
RTL Group's website offers: catch up Services to all of the programmes the Company owns, a list of “Key Programmes” That has information about new programmes Being released, a Careers page – with a tab That instructs you on how to apply for a job Vacancy, Press Services, an Operations tab Which explains what activities are happening With each Tv and Radio channel across Europe and an Investors tab explaining what Key features for the shareholding structure.