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      27.10.2013 15:45
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      ITV back in touch with thinking people

      'Exposure'
      ITV 1
      10:30 PM Wednesday nights
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      When it comes to investigative journalism ITV used to be kings. World in Action matched Panorama and Weekend World with 'Bwian' Walden even had them ahead at one point in the 1980s. ITV wasn't as much as a working-class station in the old days and provided good cutting news and current affairs content. Even Roger Cook and his break your down journalism used to draw a ten million audience. But it's a commercial station and the lower classes are not that interested in current affairs so they had to cut down to save money. This Week hung on in there and marked its 50th year on ITV recently but apart from that it's been light, which is why its refreshing to see them launch a show called 'Exposure'. Although it's on late at night and suffering low early numbers from the legacy of ITV no longer being a station taken seriously for its news and current affairs content it's a good show and one to stick with after the ITV news at 10pm and plenty or repeats across their platforms if you miss it.

      Not surprisingly it's had a populist launch with an anti immigration agenda for the first three episodes. Whether that was as cynical as it looks I don't know but the issues are touching a nerve in the United Kingdom right now.


      That opening episode was a bold expose of the soft drugs industry in the U.K., production now outsourced to Europe and closer to its customers as world prices have fallen. It can be grown just about anywhere in residential or business properties and mostly farmed by illegal immigrant gangs. The nature of the illegal immigration means you're off the grid and so ideal people to be running the trade, the half-way house community of your fellow citizens already here when you get to the UK often having criminal elements around it. The guy who gets your papers can be the guy who can set you up in other illegal activities. One guy had his own estate agents set up just to procure houses to grow pot in. Most of the offenders in recent years have been Vietnamese and Chinese, up sticking from their home countries Golden Triangle to carry on growing in the U.K. When the media say gangs they mean ethnic groups and I think we all understand that now, at one point the Vietnamese involved in 85% of all drug farm busts her.

      The gangs are often run on fear and intimidation and racial conflicts between the group's common, young black men often going head-to-head with South East Asians in our nation's angry inner cities. Young ethnic men are heavily involved in distribution and cultivation in the U.K. and not about to give up the lucrative trade. There is no honor between thieves and they will rip each other off at the drop of a hat, baseball bats and knives in hand 24/7. The ITV reporter got some great interviews with these guys that sounded authentic and scary although you can never be sure they are not just actors with voice distortion and blurring making you think they are the bad guys. It was tough stuff and really revealed how cut throat the business is as prices fall.

      Episode Two got stuck into Muslims and illegal marriages, a no brainer to snare a predominately white working-class TV audience, the show featuring some representative of mosques more than happy to marry 14-year-old girls to much older men, known as the 'Nikah' ceremony, disturbing stuff. As far as the Imams featured were concerned it is written in the Koran to do that so it's ok and so job done, two big Manchester mosques infiltrated by ITV by undercover reporters and found guilty. Although 66% of the 54 contacted refused to one third did. Around 400 girls a year are forced into forced marriages every year and the police generally scared to act against what are perceived as 'cultural, which is a disgrace, of course. It was revealed this week that my home town of Northampton is in the top ten for genital mutilation in the United Kingdom, the third world and its barbaric practices coming to a town near you. There has not been one single prosecution for it in the United Kingdom yet if you don't pay your TV license you're dragged into court by your hair.


      Episode three looked at the links between bogus colleges and dodgy university courses and the high illegal immigration rates linked to them. The Tories have clamped down hard on bogus colleges and closed 650 in just three years. Although the small private one and two storey ones in the big inner cities are causing the most problems some bigger and more reputable ones are too. The attraction to overseas students is not so much the British education and courses on offer but the two year work visa tacked on the end. This was put in place to promote a British education to all and the idea being we can, as a bonus, cherry pick the best graduates and employ them here. But what was happening was it was simply another route to work in the UK and the moment the mostly South East Asian students got off the plane they would look for work rather than get a degree. It became so blatant that little studying was going on and so the colleges sprung up all over the place to exploit that loophole. Some would say the Labor government was quietly allowing it to happen bring in cheap labor for the restaurants, care homes and mini cab industries where Brits are always reluctant to work. It became so blatant in the late nineties that even sweatshop factories were moving here from South Asia to exploit that outsourced - insourced labor, if you like.

      With the Tories harsh tuition fees for all enforcement it has opened the door to new immigration scams on top of those visa colleges. Many foreign students claim ignorance that they are coming here to work and perhaps the education not exactly top notch but now they are paying for that perceived ignorance. Colleges take the deposits and the money from them in their homelands and then when they arrive in the UK they suddenly find their course has been cancelled or over subscribed and so no refunds, especially if your visa is refused. You're not exactly going to complain to the authorities if you are illegal. One poor Indian chap had seen four courses cancelled in the U.K and so he had to overstay by eight years to get anywhere near finishing his chosen degree at his fifth college. Four of his college's were closed down in just three years. He claims he didn't come here to work but now he has to pay for the next course by working illegally, the supreme irony. Immigration numbers from India and that part of the world have collapsed, not surprisingly; perhaps backing up the reality that it was about work and not study.

      The most surprising element to the hour expose was some of these colleges were well known and respected and also involved in this scam of raking in big cheques from overseas students for little back. The LBS (London Business School) appeared to be the worse offended when the ITV undercover reporters infiltrated as admin assistants. The school was championed by Blair and the like back in the day but once the covers were lifted the same scams appeared to be going down there, of which the college later denied. They have sister - colleges around the UK and again it looked like they were there simply there to collect the cheques and not keep an eye on their students, no doubt because they were all out cabbing and waitering. The Birmingham campus looked chaotic, mostly ethnic students, some messing around in class as they clearly didn't want to be there, even gang turf disputes going on inside the campus. Yes TV will edit the bad bits in to make their show have more impact but SBQ1 in Birmingham looked like your local college full of NEDS forced to do woodwork and health & beauty courses rather than a revered international business school it was selling itself as. I say well done to Cameron on this policy.


      So far I have enjoyed the series and, like I said, great to see this type of thing back on the ITV, perhaps Michael Grades handiwork. It goes out Wednesday night at 10:30pm and this week is about NHS cuts, which will make grim viewing, of course. Even if you don't like these programs this one is engaging and if you don't want to miss Newsnight you can always flip over and watch ITV1 +1 and catch up there. What ever your choice once you get older you will be watching this type of TV so may as well start now.

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        04.05.2010 21:17
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        Average commercial broadcaster with some good points

        Most of the terrestrial television I tend to watch either traditionally or by using online catch up services is on the BBC and sometimes Channel 4. I feel a bit guilty comparing ITV with the BBC especially, because I know that in no way do they have a comparable budget. Unlike some I do not detest the licence fee as I really believe that it provides a service that is famous across the globe and is respected accordingly. Taking all this in to consideration though I do feel like ITV 1 has some good features to offer even though I do not watch it as much as its rivals.

        GMTV, daily magazine show This Morning and Loose Women are all fairly popular programmes on the weekday schedule and I have enjoyed sections of these shows when I have seen them. The Jeremy Kyle Show has an audience but I personally find it painful and embarrassing to watch, I think the format masquerades as a platform to help people with what ever issues they have but really it is all about shock entertainment similar to many of the famous chat shows from the United States.

        The longest running television soap opera in Britain is broadcast on this channel, that being Coronation Street. It focuses on the lives and daily tribulations of the people who dwell there and has had many famous story lines and special guest appearances. The opening titles are very distinct featuring terraced houses with their cobbled streets accompanied by theme music sounding very much like something a brass band from a colliery would play; it is very northern and quite heart warming and I say that even though I do not really watch it very often. Another soap opera is Emmerdale which is set in Yorkshire and although set around village life and the farming community it is really about all the normal outrageous storylines and revelations you find in these type of programmes. The only time I really watched the programme was a number of years ago when there was a disastrous air crash which resulted in chaos for the local area.

        ITV do produce very good drama which is something the BBC are criticised for not doing enough of. Shows like Midsomer Murders and Lewis are very popular although I am not really a fan of crime series like these but one programme I did see and rather enjoy was the first episode of The Prisoner which is a remake of a classic British show. In the past I liked The Darling Buds of May featuring David Jason and I really was moved by John Thaw in Goodnight Mr Tom a while back, this really was fantastic. I liked Heartbeat when Nick Berry was in it but like Bart Simpson should be about 27 years old by now the residents of Aidensfield should be living in the 1980's. I saw the ITV version of Pollyanna but it did not hold a candle to the film with Hayley Mills in.

        The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent are great shows if you view them as what they are, they are not meant to be Question Time or some other educational show, they are pure entertainment and this is a genre in which ITV has the upper hand over the BBC in my opinion, shows like Fame Academy and Over the Rainbow don't come close to matching them in popularity.

        Harry Hill's TV Burp has to be one of the funniest programmes anywhere on British TV, satellite or terrestrial; it never fails to make me laugh and is wonderful family viewing and recently I thought dating show Take Me Out was quite fun.

        As a football fan I will always love the BBC's coverage but I never fail to find the Champions League and FA Cup matches shown here very palatable.

        Actually after thinking about it to write this review ITV1 does have a variation of shows on offer and I think its drama is splendid more often than not. My only issue like others I imagine is the constant onslaught of advertisements, they even have specific sponsors for certain programmes which becomes tiresome but I understand they need to promote products to keep broadcasting and pay bills and wages.

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          01.05.2010 18:52
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          overall a good channel

          ITV have been broadcasting since 1955 and is one of my personal favourite channels. I especially enjoy the ITV Dramas, which are usually one off or two parters. I also find the news more appealing on ITV as it tells me everything I need to know and gives a good amount of information on my local area.

          ** My Favourite ITV Shows **

          ITV have many good shows which include...

          Coronation Street - one of my personal favourites, shown Monday at 7.30pm and again at 8.30pm, Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays at 7.30pm and again at 8.30pm.

          Emmerdale - Again another great soap ITV has to offer, shown weekdays at 7pm.

          Britains Got Talent - Shown currently on Saturdays at 8pm.

          GMTV - A great breakfast show shown weekdays from 6am - 9.25am.

          There are many more shows to watch on ITV and you can see whats on by visiting www.itv.com.

          ** My Opinion **

          The reason I like it so much is mainly because its consistent and for some reason I tend to trust the channel more than others. I think the channel try to ensure that they cater for all their viewers and offer a good variety of programs to suit viewers needs.

          I think this channel definitely provides the best entertainment, for example the only reason I watch BBC is because of Eastenders but with ITV there are many programs I enjoy watching.

          However much I like the channel there is one extremely annoying thing I have to mention... for some reason they feel the need to include a ridiculous amount of adverts. Its quite frustrating, there really is no need to have a break every 5 minutes. That aside I think the channel is very good and have great shows for all the family to enjoy.

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          29.04.2010 21:06
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          Good tv channel to rival all others

          I HAVE PUT THIS IS THE WRONG SECTION BY MISTAKE! I HAVE ASKED DOOYOO TO MOVE IT FOR ME.

          I would say that ITV is the channel I watch most out of all the channels out there. After saying that I am not quite sure why I have Sky TV now! ITV is a public service network set up to provide competition to the BBC by the Independent Television Authority. We first got ITV way before I was born in 1955 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Most people refer to ITV as channel 3, I know I always have, I think it has been more recent since you are noticing it as ITV more.

          More so relevant at the moment with the election coming up ITV are legally obliged to screen party election broadcasts on behalf of all the major political parties, and also other political events such as the Budget. However this isn't the reason why I watch ITV!

          Some of the biggest shows on TV are on ITV such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale. These are long last soaps that are widely loved not just all over the UK but all over the world (I have family in Mauritius who watch Coronation Street). I also like the celebrity reality shows that are shown on ITV such as X Factor, Britain's got Talent and I'm a Celebrity...get me out of here! I think the fact that these shows are on there makes ITV appeal to me so much.

          I also find that on a Saturday television in general is quite poor during the evening and it only seems to be ITV who are putting anything on screen that seems to be of interest. Part of this is due to the brilliant names they have signed up to ITV, I am not going to list them all but those who deserve a mention are Ant and Dec who have done so much for British television and are extremely entertaining. I tend to watch every show that they appear in.

          ITV is slightly different all over the country. Some aspects of this are a really good idea because you get local news aswel as national news so you can find out more about your local area. News is often very serious and it should be but sometimes there should be some lighter, happier news delivered in a more outgoing and friendly manner; I find that this is more entertaining to watch.

          ITV also offers good coverage on sport especially so on football. I find that the commentary actually shows less bias than some of the other channels.

          ITV can be watched by anyone, there are all types of shows on there, there are even shows for the young ones in the family.

          The quality of programming on ITV is very good (there is some rubbish still though) so I would recommend this channel to all, but I think most of you TV watchers probably already do!

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          08.03.2010 14:44
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          ok, not great tv channel

          ITV is described as Britain's largest commercial television network. Being a commercial television network, it means that it gains its revenue from selling advertising space with adverts which are on during or in between programmes.

          It was simply known as ITV until 2001 when it re branded with the ITV 1 name. ITV 1 had eleven different regional licences for the various regions in which it was broadcast. In terms of ratings it is all classed under the ITV 1 bracket. It is considered as the main rival to the BBC in terms of terrestrial television channels. With the increasing number of channels on television with freeview, cable and satellite, the share of television audiences held by channels such as ITV 1 has fallen more recently.

          ITV has a number of popular and regular programmes in its schedule. In the morning it has GMTV which is a breakfast show which covers news and showbiz as well as a number of other topics. There is Jeremy Kyle which is a talk show and then This Morning which completes the morning line up. Some of the shows on during the day include the likes of Loose Women. I don't generally watch alot of these but do from time to time.

          Then there are the recognised soaps which are Emmerdale and Coronation Street which are on in the evenings. Added to this are entertainment shows such as Dancing on Ice and X Factor which are also very popular. I am not really a fan of the soaps and although did watch a bit of X Factor, it is not something I always watch. I like to watch it especially in the early stages to see some of the really bad/funny auditions. After that though it is not anything really new and alot of the shows have a tired format and maybe need some new ideas.

          ITV 1 has some good sports coverage and has had rights to some of the big football which is good for some one like me. They have rights to England matches at home, FA Cup matches and also some matches in the Champions League. Sky obviously has alot of the rights to Premiership football and alot of the big games and BBC has Match of the Day but ITV has managed to get rights to some great football action which helps it to entice more viewers and increase advertising revenue. It has lost formula 1 more recently as it has moved back to the BBC and I think F1 does belong on BBC without the ad breaks.

          Overall ITV is a half decent channel. It has a few decent shows but not many that I regularly watch. It has some good sports coverage , especially with the football. I do feel though it can improve its programming schedule and introduce some new ones to help make it more interesting and get more viewers.

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            21.11.2009 23:59
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            Needs reinventing

            ITV, is there any point to ITV??

            I've been thinking about what TV programmes I watch so I can review them eventually on here, and after a while I realised there wasn't a single one on ITV.

            Thinking about it a bit longer then having the pain of having my mother in law here for a few days who insists on watching Emmerdale and Corrie I realised that ITV's scheduling is full of soaps, glorified karaoke contests, and celebrity fluff.

            So in my opinion if you love soaps, like celebrity dross and think decent TV is a glorified pub karaoke session on prime time saturday night then ITV is your channel. If however, you want intelligent thoughful drama's, brilliant documentaries, superb sport coverage, and a schedule not reliant on soaps then watch another channel and don't bother with ITV.

            Let me use an example, soaps for me are TV dross, they are polyfilla TV, that is the just fill an annoying gap. Thats ok but the channel seems to be obsessed with filling the schedules with Emmerdale and Coronation street, both are on 5 nights a week which means they take up an hour of TV from 7pm everynight. Surely quality has to take a dip when your writing a new show every day? and don't tell me they are national icons because I'm sick and tired of people talking about whats happening on TV as though its real.

            So every night has an hour of soap, there will be a half an hours padding when Eastenders is on BBC1 and then well normally its a quiz, a celebrity piece of garbage or well if in doubt we can always make it an Emmerdale or Corrie special event week. There is a desperate lack of inventiveness about the whole channel, there's precious little comedy, little or no interesting documentaries and ITV's dramas are terrible.

            I've been trying to think of something ITV is good for? The only thing is we don't have to pay for it. I think the biggest sign that the channel is in trouble is that the channel is losing a lot of money mostly to do woth a huge loss in advertising revenue, so someones realising that not as many people watch the shows as they used to.

            Come on ITV, your the biggest commercial channel in the UK if not in Europe and you must be able to do better than this.

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            03.11.2009 12:07
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            In need of a massive overhaul

            ITV1 really has become a channel filled with dross! I never used to mind this channel but now I find there is very little that is of interest to me. What must be a pretty huge budget is blown on some really sub-standard programmes. I'm not saying I am looking to be intellectually challenged every time I watch T.V. but ITV really does provide only the most empty headed viewing!

            First of all, the soaps. I used to think Coronation Street and Emmerdale were watchable chill out telly. The characters were familiar and there were some quite good storylines in the past. No longer. The programmes look amateurish, the storylines are uninteresting and there is little by way of decent comedy or drama to be had in either. The acting is appaling these days - Maxwell Caulfield and his family in Emmerdale are terrible, and Corrie is no better. Every time I watch there are new and increasingly pointless characters. Compared to BBC's Eastenders - well it doesn't compare in my opinion.

            After the soaps, the next thing I love to wathc is reality T.V. ITV1 has the X Factor, which for me is the pick of the reality T.V. bunch. ITV has got this one right - it's the only thing the channel shows which is unmissable for me. In replacing Kate Thornton with Dermot O'Leary the channel finally made a worthwhile major change - something it seems reluctant to do. Other than that, I can't stand I'm a Celebrity..., Britain's Got Talent or Dancing On Ice, all of which I find to be a cross between a freak show and very tired formats. Dancing On Ice is a cheap and inferior rip off of Strictly - the contestants are so Z list, and I'm A Celebrity is the same. Less said about britain's got talent the better in my opinion - I really don't get why this show is so popular!

            In terms of documentaries, ITV1 is seriously behind the game. I watched the last 2 episodes of their Life on the Breadline series where celebrities live in poverty hit estates for a week. I find the whole concept of this show patronising - Mel B seems to think that the solution for poverty is to buy everyone gym memberships. Really embarassing T.V. Compared to BBC or Channel 4 documentaries ITV doesn't even come close to the likes of Cutting Edge or the outstanding Life series on BBC One.

            Daytime telly should be ITV1's trump card, as the channel of mindless viewing. Even here the standards are slipping. I like Jeremy Kyle (so I'm not a total telly snob) but some of what ITV shows during the day is diabolical. One prime example is their 'Britain's Best Dish' series. This show is like a really, really poor man's Masterchef. It aired recently at 5-6pm and really is an embarassment. The standard of critic says it all - Jilly Goolden and an embarassed to be there John Burton Race. Absolute T.V. has beens. Shows like Alan Titchmarsh's chat show - I mean really??! It's so boring I'd rather watch paint dry.

            And then there's the sports coverage. My god, it's bad. With ITV once again having Champion's League coverage we are subjected to Clive Tyldesly and David Pleat talking absolute nonsense for yet another season. I can't for the life of me understand why they are still in a job. While BBC and Sky's football coverage is pretty average at least BBC had the sense to sack Ian Wright for spouting his drivel.

            In terms of drama, ITV have in my opinion ruined one the of the only things it had going for it in The Bill. I used to love The Bill and have grown up watching it but this new style of filming just makes me feel a little seasick. If I want an American style cop drama I'll watch channel 5. There are some decent detective shows on ITV like the recent Murderland but there is also a large quantity of dross. Doc Martin is tedious and a sad vehicle for someone as talented as Martin Clunes.

            I mean, I could go on. There is such a huge amount of drivel on this channel. I hardly watch anything it has to show, preferring BBC and Channel 4 just because most of what it shows is such poor quality. There are some saving graces like The X Factor but for me this channel has spent too long flogging dead horses like Emmerdale and is in need of a radical shake-up to provide relevant and engaging viewing. For too long ITV has cruised, churning out the same old things, and I reckon it's time for an overhaul.

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            03.11.2009 11:32
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            Fantastic television!

            If I could only have one television channel that I was allowed to watch then I would pick ITV every time, I love this channel and I think it could probably keep me entertainined all day if I had the chance to sit and spend the whole day watching TV. I don't really watch that many different channels and along with ITV it will usually just be Channel 4 and ITV2. I cannot believe we have to pay TV Licence for BBC and given the choice I would happily not pay it and just live without BBC, I honestly wouldn't miss it.

            I think ITV is the best channel because of all the great shows it has on, I love their daytime shows (well most of them, I can't stand Jeremy Kyle) Loose Women has got to be my favourite and I don't mind watching This Morning. I love their 9 o'clock dramas, I just enjoyed watching Murderland and I really loved The Fixer. There isn't always a good drama on at 9 but quite often they have good dramas on, I wish they would have Trial & Retribution or Prime Suspect on again, I love shows like that. I think Autumn time is probably when they have the best 9 o'clock dramas on.

            My favourite show of all has got to be The X Factor and I think ITV also has great reality shows, as well as The X Factor, I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here and Dancing on Ice are both really great shows.

            ITV is also really good for game shows, Goldenballs on at 5 o'clock is my favourite but there is also Family Fortunes and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

            ITV is also home to two of my favourite soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. I watch these all the time it does however annoy me that they are always changing what time these are on just to siut the sport.

            There are two things I don't like about watching ITV. The main one is the adverts, every 1 hour show has three adverts and I would much rather watch the show without a break. I really don't like to watch the adverts and have an annoying habit of muting the TV when they are on.
            I suppose the adverts are better than paying £140 a year though.

            The other thing that drives me mad about ITV is all the football that seems to be on. Every Wednesday I'm left with nothing to watch as the football always seems to be on. I don't mind watching England games so much but I wish Sky or BBC had the rights to The Champions League.

            Apart from the two reasons I have stated above I can honestly say I love ITV. I would say that about 70% of the time I spend watching TV I am watching ITV. I think it is a fantastic channel with just the best shows to watch and I really couldn't live without it.

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            18.07.2009 23:16
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            Not one I would recommend

            ITV 1 is the main rival to BBC One, as is a channel that is purely funded by the advertising revenue. ITV was traditionally made up of regional networks that made up the franchise, previously the part of the network that serviced where I live, Wales, was HTV Wales. Since the integration of the services, the local networks have been integrated in to ITV 1, although Wales still kept the tag, ITV 1 Wales.

            ITV 1 is very much like its rival BBC One, in that it is the main channel of the network and main shows the networks highest rating shows, although the channel does not focus on one particular programme, but has a wide variety.

            In terms of the morning schedule it is very predictable, in that it shows GMTV, The Jeremy Kyle Show and then This Morning. What this means that the morning schedule is very celebrity obsessed and showing the worst of Britain. Which in my opinion, is not exactly best, because as a bloke, I am not really interested in what a women wore to some even; as what both GMTV and This Morning both do.

            In terms of the afternoon schedule it includes the ITV News , Loose Women, the Real Deal and one or two cooking programmes. While it gets better in late afternoon with the Real Deal and some of the cooking programmes, the ITV News could best be described as a poor version of the BBC News; and I cannot stand Loose Women, as it is nothing more than a load of has beens talking about their lives.

            In terms of the evening, the early part is almost always dominated by soap operas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, while later there is usually a drama programmes followed by the news, although sometimes movies are show. As I am a person that is not interested in Soaps, I usually do not watch ITV 1 in the early part of the evening, which means that there has to be something of interest to draw my attention back to the channel, but lately what I have found is, there is not a lot that really interests me.

            One rally big problem that I have with the channel is that on the odd occasion when a film is show, they tend to show the news right in the middle of the movie, which is a real pain. As it spoils the mood of the movie that you are watching: which means that either you just turn over half way through the movie as I cannot be bothered watching any more due to the interruption or just not watch the movie from the beginning at all.

            One major problem that I have with the channel is that ITV 1 has moved away from making good drama in recent years to making 'reality tv shows'. In the beginning, these show such as Britain's Got Talent and the X Factor were original, but after them being show so many times they have become repetitive and the same over and over again.

            Overall while I do like the odd programme on ITV 1 I just don't find the channel as interesting as it use to be; so I can see why the channel and the brand are in trouble, as people like me, that use to watch programmes on the channel are turning off, as there is nothing new on the channel, either it has been in the channel and has become repetitive or has copied an idea from another channel but has done it poorly. Therefore I would not recommend the channel as one of the best, although there can sometimes be the odd programme that I like, such as Doc Martin. So I would recommend having a look at the guide to see what you like.

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              Could this be the end for ITV? Or will they keep on avoiding expenditure until there is little left

              I'm sorry to say ITV is in decline. It has been on our screens for years and it has of course produced some good-quality programming.

              On the other hand, it is now in financial difficulties because no one wants to advertise on the channel and what is ITV's response? Cut back spending on popular shows! Now there are a lot of studio programmes, such as game shows, which are cheap to produce, old films, which premiered ages ago on Sky. They still do a good job with the football.

              ITV has an HD channel. Great! Only, as before when ITV was not available on Sky, there is a new petty argument, meaning that ITV HD can only be manually tuned if you have the new Sky+HD EPG. There are only a couple of HD programmes per week and, even then, ITV cannot get it right. Some of the drop-outs have been awful.

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                15.05.2009 22:08

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                A great channel with some great shows but adverts ket it down

                Now don't get me wrong I do love some of the programmes that you can watch on itv 1 but i hate the adverts. For example, you will there watching a film and then a really dramatic scene takes place and they cut for a commercial break. To me it's like having a film being cut into two parts and then having to wait for the sequel.

                However itv 1 does boast some great entertainment tv programmes such as the like of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor, and Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. These are just some of the great programmes that they broadcast and they are programmes that all the family can enjoy. This can be seen by the number of ratings these big shows get because they are just so enjoyable.

                I also like the dramas that they broadcast because a lot of work is put into them and sometimes they are as good as some movies. The news is another great programme that they broadcast because they update you on all the latest news stories from around the world.

                Overall I think itv 1 is a great channel because it offers tv family entertainment which you don't see much on the TV anymore. However the adverts do let this channel down because I personally find them irritating but I suppose they how they make their money so I can live with it.

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                10.05.2009 10:11
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                great channel with great shows

                ITV1 is what I will be reviewing, not any of the other digital channels, just before I start. The channel has been on air since 1995, and its had some tough times, due to the phone-in scandals that have happened in the past year.

                *What Type Of Channels Are On ITV1?*
                To start off your day, you are greeted with GMTV, which is a news show that runs from 6am to 9.30am, so good if you need to catch up with the news before going to work. After that there are a lot of lifestyle type shows, such as This Morning, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton, Loose Women, a themed chat show hosted by women, and there are a variety of chat shows hosted by famous people, but Alan Titchmarsh springs to mind as one at the moment. The main theme for daytime TV on ITV is lifestyle and chat, which is great for the women of the house, but not for me thanks.
                In the evening there is the news at 6 until 7, and then the soaps kick in, Emmerdale and Corrie, which have varying times, due to a number of variables, including Champions League football, which is greatly received. After this there are normally drams like The Bill or Taggart, or reality shws like Hells Kitchen or I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. These shows are the highlight of the channel for me, as they really give some great entertainment

                *Who is the Channel Aimed At?*
                Well it all depends on what time of day it is, if it's the day time, the channel is mostly aimed at women, or men that like women talking about women. In the evening, the channel is suitable for anyone, with a good variety of shows to suit all needs.

                *Anything Else*
                Annoyingly, the channel needs advertisments to survive, but these can sometimes get ridiculous, with the Champions league only a week ago having no more then 8 ad breaks, which happened every 5 minutes or so, but none during the football, which is good. The amount of adverts for other shows on their channel is snnoying, because it tells you that Hells Kitchen will be on at 9 o clock four times a day.

                Overall though, the channel is a very good one, especially if you don't have Sky/Virgin Media. It has a wide range of choice to watch.

                Thanks For Reading.

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                  12.11.2008 11:50
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                  Usually a good channel to watch

                  I really like ITV 1. Lately a lot of people have been turning off itv 1 but i still think overall its a decent channel.
                  ITV1 is a mainstream British channel which is aired on every platform so you can get it on every single tv (as long as signal is good of course) so on terrestrial, freeview, sky, virgin etc so anyone can watch it.

                  Anyway, ITV 1 is a long running British channel which broadcasts a whole range of shows from news to documentaries to childrens to soaps and dramas They usually have something for everyone.

                  I'll start with the soaps. ITV has two of britains most famous long running soaps. These are Coronation Street and Emmerdale (once Emmerdale Farm) and these two soaps are still very popular. Well Emmerdale is starting to slip but i won't go into it much, but it did all seem to start when the new producer took over the show and made some big changes.
                  Anyway, these two shows are often ITV1 highest viewed and rated shows, and Emmerdale is on every Monday to Friday with an hour episode usually every Tuesday at 7pm, and Coronation Street is on every Monday Wednesday and Friday.
                  I won't describe the soaps as there is too much to talk about.

                  Anyway, ITV1 also does a lot of dramas and there is usually something for everyone. They do quite a lot of murder mysteries and detective programs such as Midsummer Murders, Taggart, Lewis, Proiot, Miss Marple and more. They did used to have a lot of these programs on the channel, but now they have their digital channel ITV3 which shows lots of these dramas now, so generally on ITV 1 you get new episodes (especially of more modern ones like Midsummer Murders) and repeats often go onto ITV3.
                  Now ITV1 used to do great 2 or 3 part evening dramas that usually did well with viewers but they seemed to stop those a while ago but lately i think they realised they were good at those and they have recently made some more 3 part dramas, which in my opinion, were good to watch so hopefully ITV1 will keep those up.

                  Another thing ITV1 is popular for is reality and talent shows. There main ones are of course X Factor, Britains Got Talent and Dancing On Ice. The X Factor is a singing show were members of the public can sing in front of a panel of judges and the judges can decide if they are good or not, then the good ones move on to the next stage, and the final winner will get to work with Simon Cowell and get a record contract. Britains Got Talent works in a similar way except anyone with any sort of talent can have a go. So you get alsorts from singing, dancing, magic shows, dog tricks, stunt shows and more. Dancing on Ice is a group of celebrities who have to learn to ice skate and have to compete each week with their professional partners and one couple is voted off each week until we get a winner.

                  ITV1 also have other reality shows such as I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here which is a bunch of celebrities who are put into an australian jungle forest thing and each week one is voted off. They have to do different tasks while they are there such as eating bugs and kangaroos .....(i'm sure you can guess)

                  In the morning on ITV one during the week, ITV has a certain group of programs shown. These include GMTV which is an early morning news and entertainment show. This show is actually part owned by Disney (don't ask why) and is usually followed by LK Today with Lorraine Kelly hosting her own show as part of GMTV and she covers such things as celebrities, fashion and often has people on who have a big story (not famous people)
                  This is usually followed by The Jeremy Kyle Show which is a show where people with problems come on and the host Jeremy tries to solve these conflicts. Its sometimes worth a bit of a laugh but its not my sort of program as some of the people who are on the show just seem so horrible i couldn't care less about them.
                  Anyway, after Jeremy Kyle is ITVs flagship magazine show This Morning. This is a show which covers alsorts of topics from every day life, to current news, to celebrities to soaps to fashion to cooking to music and more. It is usually hosted by Phil and Fern who are usually great fun and good to watch. This show runs till 12:30pm and has a short news program inbetween it. Then after This Morning has finished, Loose Women is usually one with is a panel of 4 women who talk about current affairs, social conflicts etc and also have a couple of guests on.
                  Then after this is ITVs afternoon schedule which changes every so often but they usually have easy viewing shows that you don't have to watch religiously and is just something you can just sit down to and enjoy. After the 3 or 4 afternoon programs, we get the main news. We get both national and local news each running 30 minutes. The local news starts at 6pm and the national news is at 6:30pm and after this it leads to the soaps i mentioned earlier at 7pm.

                  Often at the weekends, early on ITV will often show some childrens programs. but as they now have a seperate childrens channel CITV it means they can concentrate childrens programs on that channel. And they often put childrens shows on early on their digital channel ITV4 so there are fewer and fewer childrens programs being shown on ITV1, especially through the week.

                  Anyway, i could go on and talk about every program ITV1 does but that will take me all day as they have so much so i think i will stop here. If i have missed off anything important i will come back and edit it.
                  But overall i like ITV1. It is a commercial channel meaning it has adverts where it gets its money from unlike BBC which gets its money from the TV licence. This means you have to put up with adverts between shows, but if it means you don't have to pay more to the tv licence i am fine with it as long as they don't get silly with adverts and start to put lots more on.

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                    17.10.2008 00:11
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                    great channel for day time watching

                    ITV was first aired back in 1955. I love ITV 1, i put it on first thing in the morning for GMTV and watch it straight through until the soaps finish, at either 8pm or 9pm. There is always something good on for me to watch and in the day they have chat shows, lifestyle programmes and the news which i always love to watch. I have two children aswell so when CITV is aired (mainly in the school holidays) it is brilliant as i can just sit them in front of the tv knowing that they are being well entertained.
                    There are not many filma aired in ITV 1 but in my opinion the films should be shown on the BBC as i feel thats what i pay my tv licence for. i think the boses at ITV do a great job as not everyone wants films and people like me like the lightheartednedd that ITV1 brings. I would not change it in any way, i even like it when the adverts come on as it gives me a few minutes where i can get that quick cup of tea.
                    Well done to you ITV 1 keep up the great work!!!!!

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                      07.10.2008 13:07
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                      Needs a complete reboot!!!

                      ITV1 is going through a serious bad patch at the moment, after the phone line scandal and with programs like Ant and Dec's Takeaway the channel is not having the success that it had in the past and with falling revenue from advertising the company has decided to cut back on its regional programmes to absorb the drops in revenue. Today it has been branded as a nationwide channel rather than the regional identities that had long been established such as Thames Television for London or Central for the Midlands region.

                      The channel itself started broadcasting under the name of Independent Television on 22nd September 1955, as an alternative to the BBC that only had one channel at the time. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's the channel gave us a whole host of well known acts such as Benny Hill, and Morecambe and Wise. Also it gave us shows like The Golden Shot, New Faces and Opportunity Knocks that was a springboard for people like Marti Caine and Freddie Star. It also gave us variety, obviously the choice to switch channels but also big stars appearing in a one hour variety show that meant we could be entertained from home without having to travel. This was the Golden Age of Television, viewing figure s could easily reach 20million for a single program in these days, and it would usually be the talking point the next at school as well. These were shows like Live from Her Majesty's that went out on a Sunday evening.

                      I can remember watching this as a kid and been lifted from the usual Sunday quietness to a completely different level. I suppose today the equivalent is The X Factor that hopes to make a star out of someone, but this is a different time and now it is purely for money rather than the actual talent the person has.

                      More recently the channel has expanded its broadcast capabilities by utilising the new digital facilities and creating a plethora of choices for viewers. ITV launched ITV Digital, a similar set up to that of the BBC, with a News and Sports channel. Trouble was that the coverage was so bad that the News Channel folded and the Sports Channel didn't really have much to show as Sky had most of the rights to the Football games that ITV wanted, so ITV had no choice but to show games that were further down the league tables.

                      After the expensive failure of the ITV Digital network, which was then re-branded as Freeview, the channel faced further embarrassment when the launch of ITV Play was found to be raising funds without giving viewers a fair chance of competing in the games being broadcast. For example that the 1000 players who had phoned in to a premium line experienced a busy tone even though they had paid £1 to get through, so you could have a couple of hundred people continuously trying a £1 per time with the phone being answered to every 1 in 50 players who got through to the show.

                      At the time of the ITV Digital fiasco, further channels were launched, this included ITV2, ITV3 and later on ITV4. The majority of these channels showed repeats of programs, the exception being ITV2 where the practice of seeing programs first before they were shown on ITV1 was done. Now that ITV1 was established to the public this meant that the rebirth of ITV1 was now complete. Channels from ITV1 to ITV4 were readily available on satellite and cable to watch and all were now part of the ITV family.

                      With regards to Sport, there is very little other than Football shown on the channel, ITV have the rights to UEFA Champions League, that they do utilise ITV1 and ITV4 effectively by showing a game on each channel. Also they managed to obtain the rights to the annual Boat Race as well from the BBC. At the end of this season they will also lose the broadcast rights to F1 as these will go back to the BBC to broadcast, this in my mind is a good decision as watching F1 with advertisement breaks is utterly ridiculous and means that on some occasions the incidents that occur on track occur when the adverts are being shown.

                      The biggest change for the channel is the image that it gives out on-screen, the loss of the regional identities I think has been its biggest downfall in recent years and this has alienated viewers. Beforehand there were 15 regional channels ranging from Grampian in the North to Meridian in the South. These channels all had their own presenters and their own identity that was individual to that station. Under the re-branding exercise that was abandoned all the individuality that was built up over the years and absorbed them all under the ITV1 corporate logo. The only exception being for the regional news desks that still broadcast to their relevant regions but again had the makeover performed so that all the titles and music were in uniform with each other.

                      Even though the news is provided by ITN, the quality of it can be labelled as scare mongering at the best of times, in some cases as the "worst possible scenarios" are always given to the audience under the "what does this mean for you" label. I don't like this at all and will quite happily change channels to watch Sky News. The way the dialogue is scripted and delivered is just horrendous, which is the other reason I tend to change channels. With News at Ten being consigned to the scrapheap then miraculously being bought back with a new look really does show what the management have as a game plan for this channel. Bottom line is that it looks like it has no idea as to what they want or even need to do.

                      Overall the channel has changed completely and now it just seems that the channel is headed by soaps and drama. Coronation Street and Emmerdale are shown at least five times a week each in direct competition with Eastenders. The amount of drama shown as well on the channel is higher than normal and even though I enjoy things like A Touch of Frost and Kingdom, I don't expect to see repeats of the same series again and again in such a short period. Like I say the channel has changed and is now just a corporate picture box with little soul or identity, at least when it was Thames we used to get an on screen continuity announcer that gave the whole show a personal touch, truthfully I miss these! There is no real stab at making anything funny on this channel any more now as ITV used to show good comedies like Robins Nest or action series like The Professionals are never shown. Even the films have to be split in two to accommodate News at Ten.

                      ITV2 is utilised a secondary channel in much the same way as BBC3, the trouble is that ITV1 never seems to be backed up by these channels at all and all seem to be individual rather than working in a joined up method to establish ITV1 as the fundamental channel that should be the first place that the viewer clicks to watch a program. ITV as a whole rather than just ITV1 is in a mess at the moment and I think that this has come at the wrong time for a channel that is struggling to keep their head above the water while others are succeeding where they are failing.

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