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London Weekend Television (1776: The United Commonwealth of America)

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London Weekend Television (LWT)
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Based in


Broadcast area

Greater London and the Home Counties

First airdate

2 August 1968


Every weekend is a London Weekend.


ATV London on Saturdays and Sundays
Rediffusion, London on Friday evenings

Owned by

Independent (1968-1993)
Granada (1993-2004)
ITV plc (2004-present)


London Weekend Television (LWT) is the ITV network franchise holder for Greater London and the Home Counties at weekends, broadcasting from Fridays at 5.15pm (prior to 1982 at 7pm) to Monday mornings at 6am. From 1968 until 1992, when LWT's weekday neighbour was Thames Television, there was an on-screen handover to and from LWT at each end of the weekend; since 1993, because LWT's weekday neighbour is Carlton Television, the transfer occurs invisibly during a commercial break as Carlton and LWT share studio and transmission space.

Like most ITV franchises, including Carlton's, the London weekend franchise is currently operated by ITV plc, under the name of London Weekend Television Limited.

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