14th January 2013

Channel Television disappears

It may have been small, but Channel Television was one of the powerhouses of the ITV network. It first went on air in 1962 and its absolute independence, despite its affiliation with the larger network, allowed it to continue broadcasting when other stations were taken off air due to industrial action.

It was only the second television station in the whole of Europe to adopt electronic news gathering (ENG) practices – again, long before its sister stations – and it handled compliance for some of the network’s biggest shows, like X Factor and Midsomer Murders.

The quality of its output was also highly regarded – so much so that it managed to retain its licence to broadcast with a bid of just £1000. An unsuccessful rival had bid considerably more than that in an attempt to win it away.

Goodbye Channel Television

However, although it still exists as a defined franchise area, it has largely disappeared from our screens as distinct entity. The UK’s most popular terrestrial commercial network went through a period of consolidation from the mid–1990s onwards and, in 2013, Channel Television was absorbed into the greater whole.

ITV plc had bought the station in November 2011 and immediately set about bringing its branding into line with other stations on the network. Thus, on 14 January 2013, it became plain old ITV in the Channel Islands, too.

It does still have a distinct local identity where its news, weather and occasional opt-outs are concerned, but the days of having an entirely separate station for Guernsey, Jersey and the other islands in their bailiwicks are now, effectively, over.


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Other events that occured in January

Alderney elects its first president 1st
Guille and Alles open their library 2nd
Guernsey bans smoking in public places 3rd
Guernsey Press registers its domain 4th
Guernsey Zoo is sold as a going concern 5th
Guernsey opens its wartime files
Guernsey Police moves to its new headquarters 6th
Guernsey Fisher makes its maiden voyage 7th
Work begins on the Val des Terres 8th
A hotel porter goes on trial for murder 9th
Guernsey Police Service appoints its first inspector 10th
Royal theft inquiry heads to Guernsey 11th
Channel Express Airways plane crashes in Guernsey 12th
Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, is born 13th
Channel Television disappears 14th
Benefactor Osmond de Beauvoir Priaulx dies 15th
MV Prosperity is wrecked at Perelle 16th
Guernsey’s Royal Court sits for the first time 17th
Doctor Who travels to Guernsey 18th
Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt comes to Guernsey 19th
Hanois Lighthouse is cut off by the weather 20th
Guernsey-built prototype plane crashes 21st
Guernsey Steam Tramway stops running 22nd
Radiant Med sinks with loss of life 23rd
Guernsey wins gold at the Commonwealth Games 24th
Sark is awarded Dark-Sky status 25th
Guernsey passengers are battered by storms 26th
Sir Isaac Newton has his say on a mysterious Guernsey invention 27th
Guernsey’s last witch trial takes place 28th
Guernsey poet George Métivier is born 29th
The States of Guernsey proposes a new airport 30th
Guernsey lifeboat performs a chemical tanker rescue 31st