ITV Breakfast show that originally aired between 1993 and 2000 and then returned after the cancellation of 'GMTV Today' in 2009. The show ended in 2010.

GMTV - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 90 minutes

Premier: 1993-01-01

GMTV - GMTV - Netflix

GMTV (now legally known as ITV Breakfast Broadcasting Limited) was the name of the national Channel 3 breakfast television contractor/licensee, broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1 January 1993 to 3 September 2010. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of ITV plc in November 2009. Shortly after, ITV plc announced the programme would end. The final edition of GMTV was broadcast on 3 September 2010. GMTV transmitted daily from 6 am with GMTV's weekday breakfast magazine programme GMTV broadcasting until 8:25 (9:25 on Friday), followed by GMTV with Lorraine (Monday – Thursday), until the regional ITV franchises took over at 9.25 am. In later years, the switchover was practically seamless and the station was 'surrounded' in the most part by ITV Network continuity on either side of transmission. Consequently, most viewers perceived GMTV simply as a programme on ITV; however, until the complete buyout by ITV plc, it was essentially an independent broadcaster with its own news-gathering operation, sales and management teams and in-house production team. GMTV also broadcast its own children's programmes, independent from CITV until the programme Boohbah was cross-promoted on both sides, with different credits for each.

GMTV - Creation - Netflix

GMTV won the licence for the breakfast Channel 3 franchise from 1993, outbidding the previous licence holder, TV-am, in the 1991 franchise round for £34 million. The station was backed by LWT, Scottish Television, The Walt Disney Company, and the Guardian Media Group. GMTV promised a “cheerful morning and with more information” - termed the “F-factor”. A new children's news bulletin was to be broadcast at 7:20 am every morning, while at 8:50 am during the week, a new female-lead format was also planned. Carlton Communications bought a 20% stake in the consortium in November 1991. GMTV was first intended to be called 'Sunrise Television', but as Sky News' breakfast programming also went by that name (and still does to this day), Sky protested, resulting in the change of name. In May 1992, GMTV was criticised after unveiling its plans for a more family orientated format with business and city news being dropped. Director of Programmes Lis Howell stated: GMTV also turned down an offer from David Frost to continue with his Sunday morning show instead choosing to introduce a new leisure show about family matters, as it believed “TV-am flung its audience away on Sundays”.

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