Granada Television

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Granada Television is the United Kingdom ITV. It started broadcasting for North of England in 1956 and in 1968 its broadcasting area split into two franchises. Since then it has been broadcasting also for North West England. In 2004 Granada Ltd. merged with Carlton Communications to form ITV plc. The North West franchise continues to be held by Granada Television Ltd, part of ITV plc.

At first there was a cinema chain called Granada Theatres Limited created in 1930s by Cecil and Sidney Bernstein in the south of England. Later they created a commercial television and they chose the Northern England to be its base. The new studio complex was built in the centre of Manchester. A small production office was opened in Leeds shortly. As a consequence of criticism, that the station is neglecting Merseyside, a new centre was opened in Liverpool in 1980s. At first, it was located in one of the buildings at the Albert Dock (on the picture) and later it was replaces with a smaller district office based in the Royal Liver Building.

The original building at the Albert Dock was home to the television show This Morning (from 1988 to 1996) hosted by Richard Madely and Judy Finnigan. At twelve thirty every day Fred Talbot (Fred the Weatherman) presented the weather on a large floating map of the country. The map was eventually removed in 2003.
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