Winners and Losers: The Licence Process and Bids

  • Paul Bonner
  • Lesley Aston


Applications for the fifteen regional Channel 3 licences were due at the ITC by noon, 15 May 1991. There were thirty-seven applications. The awards were announced by the ITC on 16 October 1991:
  • Border, Central and Scottish TV were uncontested winners.

  • Incumbent contractors, Thames TV, TSW and TVS lost respectively to Carlton, Westcountry and Meridian.

  • Tyne Tees, Yorkshire and HTV retained their licences, although their business plans had been initially judged ‘marginal’ by the ITC.

  • Other existing contractors who won despite making the lowest bid included Channel, Grampian, Granada, LWT and Ulster while Anglia won with the highest bid.

  • Newcomer losers were CPV-TV who had bid for London weekday, East of England and South/South East England, LIB (London weekend), Three-East (East of England), CI3 (Channel Islands) and TeleWest (South West England). Losers for Wales and the West of England were C3W, C3WW and Merlin; for the North of Scotland were C3 Caledonia and North of Scotland, and for Northern Ireland were TVNi and Lagan.


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© Independent Television Association and Independent Television Commission 1998

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  • Paul Bonner
  • Lesley Aston

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