United Kingdom Independent Broadcasting (UKIB) is an affiliation of three British independent television production companies and broadcasters. The primary function of its predecessor (ITCA, the Independent Television Companies Association) was to represent independent British television interests as a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The members of UKIB are the ITV Network Centre, the 17 ITV Companies, Channel 4, and S4C.
|United Kingdom Independent Broadcasting (UKIB)|
|Type||Affiliation of broadcasters|
|ITV, Channel 4, S4C|
United Kingdom Independent Broadcasting (UKIB) was formed in 1981, when the Association of Independent Radio Contractors (AIRC) was admitted as an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It replaced Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA, formerly Independent Television Authority or ITA) as the second British EBU member. Once ITCA was admitted as a fully active EBU member, the AIRC joined with ITA to form the Commercial Radio Companies Association (CRCA) in 1996. CRCA cancelled its EBU membership by the end of 2002.
|Service name||Broadcast area||Licence holder||Broadcast Since[Note 1]||Parent company||EBU abbreviation|
|United Kingdom, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man||ITV Network Limited||1955||ITV plc
STV Group plc
|ITV (Channel 3) Companies|
|ITV Anglia||East of England||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1959||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/ANG|
|ITV Border||England–Scotland border||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1961||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/BTV|
|ITV Central||Midlands[Note 2]||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1956||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/CEN|
|ITV Channel Television||Channel Islands||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1962||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/CHA|
|ITV Granada||North West England[Note 3] and Isle of Man[Note 4]||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1956||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/GRA|
|ITV London (Carlton)||London Weekday||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1955||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/LDN|
|ITV London (LWT)||London Weekend||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1955||ITV plc|
|ITV Meridian||South and South East England||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1958||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/MER|
|ITV Tyne Tees||North East England||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1959||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/TTT|
|ITV Wales||Wales||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1958||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/WALES|
|ITV West||West of England||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1958||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/WEST|
|ITV West Country||South West England||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1961||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/WES|
|ITV Yorkshire||Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and North Norfolk||ITV Broadcasting Limited||1956||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/YTV|
|STV Central||Central Scotland||STV Central Limited||1957||STV Group plc||UKIB/STV|
|STV North||Northern Scotland||STV North Limited||1961||STV Group plc||UKIB/STVN|
|UTV||Northern Ireland||UTV Limited||1959||ITV plc||UKIB/ITV/UTV|
|Channel 4||England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland[Note 5]||Channel 4||1982||Channel Four Television Corporation||UKIB/C4|
|S4C||Wales||Sianel 4 Cymru/Channel 4 Wales||1982||S4C Authority||UKIB/S4C|
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