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Tyne Tees Television (1776: The United Commonwealth of America)

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Tyne Tees Television
TTTV 2000

Based in

(previously Newcastle upon Tyne)

Broadcast area

County Durham
Northumberland (majority)
Tyne and Wear
North Yorkshire (part)

First airdate

15 January 1959


Owned by

Independent (1959-1970, 1982-1992)
Trident Television (1970-1982)
Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television plc (1992-1997)
Granada plc (1997-2004)
ITV plc (2004-present)


Tyne Tees Television (also known as Tyne Tees and previously known as Channel 3 North East) is the ITV television franchise for North East England and parts of North Yorkshire. Tyne Tees is owned and operated by ITV plc under the licensee of Tyne Tees Television Limited. The analogue signals in the Tyne Tees region were switched off in 2012, making the station, along with Carlton, LWT and UTV, one of the last ITV regions to solely broadcast digitally.

Tyne Tees launched on 15 January 1959 from studios at a converted warehouse in City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, remaining in the city until July 2005 when Tyne Tees moved to smaller studios in Gateshead. Tyne Tees has contributed various programming to the ITV network and Channel 4, as well as its regional output. Some of Tyne Tees best known programming includes the groundbreaking music show The Tube, critically acclaimed adaptations of Catherine Cookson novels, and children's programmes such as Supergran.

The ownership and management structure of Tyne Tees has altered across its history, particularly in various mergers with Yorkshire Television. The two stations were managed by Trident Television during the 1970s, and the two stations were merged again in the 1990s to form Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television. A series of takeovers and mergers across the ITV network, instigated by the large groups Granada and Carlton, led to Tyne Tees becoming part of ITV plc in 2004.

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