Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television

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Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television was a British broadcasting company, which is now part of ITV plc.

History

The company was created in June 1992 from the merger of the Independent Television broadcasters Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television in England, United Kingdom. YTT was effected by the overbidding for its franchises in 1992. The company lost £7.9m in 1993, compared with a pretax profit of £16.7m in 1992. Yorkshire Television founder, Ward Thomas was recalled from retirement to change the company's fortunes around and in 1994, the company managed profits of £10.5m for a 15-month period, reflecting the changed year-end. Bruce Gyngell, the former chairman of breakfast station TV-am, became YTT's managing director on 15 May 1995.1

The company was purchased by Granada Media Group in 1997, GMG having been formed by a merger between Granada Television and London Weekend Television. Granada plc ultimately went on to merge with Carlton Communications, forming ITV plc. The takeover of Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television was thought to be worth about £800m.2 Two months later Bruce Gyngell, left the company in September 1997.3

Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television, along with Welsh francisee HTV later challenged a government plan for all ITV companies to be required to use a single supplier of television news. Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television also asked for a vote among ITV companies over whether News at Ten should be moved to another time.4

References

  1. ^ Horsman, Mathew (2 May 1995). "Yorkshire snaps up former TV-am boss Bruce Gyngell". Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  2. ^ MAM unlikely to back Granada's YTT offer.Eric Reguly. The Times (London, England), Thursday, June 26, 1997; pg. 27
  3. ^ Gyngell to quit television. Raymond Snoddy, Media Editor.The Times (London, England), Friday, September 05, 1997;
  4. ^ "Archive of Yorkshire Tyne Tees events". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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