''TV Times'' is a British
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listings magazine published by
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. Until 1991 it was the only source of 7 day listings for ITV and, later, Channel 4. The magazine was first published in 1955 but did not circulate nationally until 1968 as some ITV stations published their own magazines. TVTimes has always had a focus on soaps, celebrities and features similar to those in women’s magazines. Until the market was deregulated in 1991, its direct rival was Radio Times - owned then by the BBC and at the time the only source of weekly BBC schedules. However the two magazines were very different in character with Radio Times, generally, being more serious and upmarket in nature and carrying articles covering the full range of BBC programmes. The two are no longer seen as being in direct competition with each other.

Publication history

The magazine was launched on 22 September 1955, at the start of transmissions of the first ITV station, Associated-Rediffusion. Initially, the magazine was published only in the
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area, carrying listings for Associated-Rediffusion (Rediffusion, London from 1964) on weekdays and ATV at weekends, while the other ITV regional companies were served by their own listings magazines before ''TV Times'' became a national magazine on 21 September 1968. The magazine was branded as ''TV Times Magazine'' from 3 October 1981 until 6 October 1984, the premise being it contained more than simply television listings. From November 1982 onwards, it carried listings for
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and its Welsh equivalent, S4C. On 7 October 1989, the programme schedule pages were finally printed in full colour for the first time. When the television listings were deregulated on 1 March 1991, ''TV Times'' began carrying listings for the
's television channels, which up to that point had only been printed in the BBC's official listings magazine, '' Radio Times''. On 11 February 2006, the magazine was refreshed for a more modern look including the double-page highlights of programmes on all channels, plus
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and kids' television listings were scrapped, increasing its emphasis on big-star interviews and soaps. Originally published by Independent Television Publications (an association of the ITV companies), before the magazine was acquired by IPC Media in 1989, which became Time Inc. UK in 2014.

Use of the brand

ITV used the branding for several broadcast spin-offs, including ''Miss TV Times'' and ''The TV Times Awards'' during the 1970s and 1980s.

Regional editions

Prior to September 1968, several of the regional ITV companies produced their own listings magazines: From 1956 to 1964, the Midlands originally had their own edition of ''TV Times'' listing ATV and ABC Weekend TV, ABC programmes, but a separate listings magazine in the Midlands called ''TV World'' from 27 September 1964, with the innovative idea of splitting the magazine itself 50:50, with a second cover in the middle allowing for the magazine to be folded over to create both a weekend and a weekday magazine from one publication, before ''TV Times'' went national on 21 September 1968. During the late 1950s until the early 1980s, ''TV Times'' suffered frequent printing disputes that often meant emergency or special combined editions. On 1 March 1991, ''TV Times'' published BBC One, BBC1 and BBC Two, BBC2 programme listings for the first time, which also the 11 regional editions that generally referred to by the ITV company's name rather than geographical area: Every ITV regional area originally had its own version, but since 2006 there have been only four editions:

''Channel Viewer/CTV Times''

ITV Channel Television, Channel Television published its own listings magazine ''Channel Viewer'' on 1 September 1962, followed by a 1970s relaunch as ''Channel Television Times'' and then later shortened to ''CTV Times'' until 25 October 1991 as it was feared that the company might cease trading without the revenue from its own magazine.https://www.transdiffusion.org/2014/09/29/not-the-tvtimes

See also

* ''Look-in'' * '' Radio Times'' * ''What's on TV'' * ''TV & Satellite Week'' * Television in the United Kingdom


External links

TV Times websiteTV Times Index Project (TVTip) – Database of TV Times listings 1955 – 1985
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