|Launched||2 August 1968|
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|Closed||lost on-air identity October 27, 2002 (known verbally as ITV1 London before regional programming only)|
|Replaced||ATV London on Saturdays and Sundays|
Rediffusion, London on Friday evenings
|Replaced by||ITV London|
|Owned by||ITV plc|
London Weekend Television is the British ITV television network franchise holder for London and the South East at weekends, broadcasting from Fridays at 5:15pm (prior to 1982 at 7:00pm) to Monday mornings at 5:59am. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 312 - Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of ITV London is the collective brand name and identity used by Carlton Television and London Weekend Television in the London ITV region ITV plc ( is a British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. " Home counties " is an informal phrase used to designate the group of counties that border or surround London, England.
London Weekend Television is now known on air as ITV1, and ITV1 London verbally in accordance with regional programming. This article deals with the ITV1 brand name as it is broadcast at present The company is now managed with Carlton Television as a single entity, ITV London. Carlton Television is the British ITV franchisee for London and parts of the surrounding counties from 925am every Monday to 5 ITV London is the collective brand name and identity used by Carlton Television and London Weekend Television in the London ITV region The London Weekend licence continues to be held by London Weekend Television Ltd, part of ITV plc. ITV plc ( is a British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial
The station took over from ATV on 2 August 1968 (although ATV continued broadcasting to the Midlands until 1981). Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. ATV's weekend franchise had covered Saturdays and Sundays only; when LWT came on air, it was also extended to Friday nights from 7. 00pm, which meant there was an on-screen handover from Thames Television shortly beforehand. Thames Television was a licencee of the British ITV television network covering London and parts of the surrounding counties In 1982, LWT's hours were extended to begin at 5:15pm. When Carlton Television took over from Thames in 1993, the times were retained, but since Carlton hired its broadcast facilities from LWT, the on-screen handover no longer involved switching between different studios. Carlton Television is the British ITV franchisee for London and parts of the surrounding counties from 925am every Monday to 5
In its original application, the London Television Consortium (LTC, who went on to name the franchise London Weekend Television) promised a variety of high-brow arts and drama productions, which caught the attention of the Independent Television Authority (ITA) who had been worried by criticism of the network's programming, which at the time was seen as downmarket. The Independent Television Authority ( ITA) was a body created by the Television Act 1954 to supervise the creation of "Independent Television" ( Downmarket products are goods targeted at lower-income Consumers. The LTC plans were seen by the ITA as serious contenders to the quality educational programming of the BBC; so keen were the ITA that they were quoted, at the time, as saying the LTC had to have its chance, whatever the repercussions.
The changes within ITV in the 1968 franchise round meant a surplus of studio facilities in London. The LTC had planned on buying the superior Teddington Studios of ABC, but following ABC's merger with Rediffusion London to form Thames Television, the LTC were forced by the ITA to purchase Rediffusion's site at Wembley. Teddington Studios is a large British Television studio complex located in Teddington, South-West London, providing studio facilities for programmes Associated British Corporation (otherwise known as ABC Television or ABC Weekend Television) was one of a number of commercial television companies set up in the 1950s Associated-Rediffusion, later Rediffusion London, was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of Thames Television was a licencee of the British ITV television network covering London and parts of the surrounding counties Wembley is an area located in North-West London, England which forms the northern part of the London Borough of Brent.
Wembley employed a bigger workforce than Teddington, and legally LWT were obliged to employ them all. In addition, the studios required far more upgrading for colour production as Teddington had been a test centre for ITV's colour research and was almost converted to colour production. Having previously worked weekdays for Rediffusion, transmission staff now had to work weekends, and as such wanted extra pay for the inconvenience. This led to threats of industrial action, and fifteen seconds into their opening night technicians went on strike and the screens went blank. An emergency service was provided by management from the transmission centre of ATV at Foley Street, London. Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom.
Upon resolving the dispute, LWT suffered poor rating figures, as viewers deserted their primetime offerings of opera and Hamlet in favour of the more traditional Saturday night viewing on the BBC. Opera is an art form in which Singers and Musicians perform a Dramatic work (called an opera which combines a text (called a Libretto Hamlet is a Tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601 Other ITV stations refused to show LWT shows because of poor ratings. ATV, still smarting at losing their London contract to LWT, refused to take any LWT shows; elsewhere, the powerful sales department at rivals/neighbours Thames took advantage of LWT's ratings disaster, encouraging advertisers to use them during the week by heavily discounting airtime. (This caused great animosity, even decades later, with both Thames and LWT refusing to promote each others' programmes).
The crisis at LWT deepened so much that the ITA started to make emergency plans in the event of the station collapsing. At the same time, Thames started making enquiries about a seven-day contract in such an event, an offer quickly rebuffed by the ITA. LWT's saviour came in an unlikely form and in unlikely circumstances.
Between 1969 and 1970, Australian media owner Rupert Murdoch purchased a controlling interest in LWT, following an altercation on a live LWT show presented by David Frost (coincidentally the first live colour programme shown on ITV). is gay Bold text' Keith Rupert Murdoch', AC, KCSG (born Melbourne, March 11 1931 usually known as Rupert Murdoch, is an Australian-American Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (born 7 April 1939) is an English Satirist and Television presenter, famed as both a Immediately, he set about dismissing existing board members, and changing schedules and programme ideas. Although it made him unpopular within sections of LWT, audience share began to grow and, albeit slowly, so did income and profits.
However, Murdoch's presence rang alarm bells at the ITA, who expressed concern that a foreign national, and owner of significant British newspaper interests, could own a British television station. The Independent Television Authority ( ITA) was a body created by the Television Act 1954 to supervise the creation of "Independent Television" ( A discreet but effective ultimatum was given: Murdoch had to sell up, or LWT would have its licence revoked. The ITA won, and in 1971, Murdoch left.
LWT's original programming was considered high-brow but by 1972 it was more populist with comedies such as Please Sir! and On The Buses being the mainstay of its productions. Please Sir! is a London Weekend Television Situation comedy created by writers John Esmonde and Bob Larbey and featuring the actors On The Buses was a British Situation comedy created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. In the same year, the new South Bank Television Centre (also called Kent House) was opened on the south bank of the Thames, at Upper Ground. The London Studios (also known as 'The London Television Centre' is a television studio complex which forms a part of London Weekend Television 's London Television Centre These facilities at the time were considered the best colour studios in Europe, which allowed LWT to produce shows with the 'gloss' that it became famous for. The problems of 1968-1971 were soon forgotten; audience share grew, and in 1975 the company won seven BAFTA awards, more than the rest of ITV put together. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA is a British charity that hosts annual awards shows for film television television craft video games and forms of animation Although programming changed from their original remit LWT still produced shows which were considered more upmarket, notably the dramas Upstairs, Downstairs and Bouquet of Barbed Wire; Unlike earlier offerings however these were both critically acclaimed and attracted high audiences. Upstairs Downstairs is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning British Drama set in a large Townhouse in Edwardian Bouquet of Barbed Wire is a Novel by Andrea Newman first published in 1969. LWT continued to show arts programming, notably Aquarius and its successor The South Bank Show. The South Bank Show is an award-winning Television arts magazine show made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast
Despite this, LWT was more vulnerable to economic downturn than the rest of ITV. Other network companies had between five and seven days of transmission, whereas LWT had two days and Friday evenings (even these were not particularly attractive to advertisers, as shops were closed on a Sunday and people returned to work on a Monday). It also had competition for advertising with another company (Thames), something which affected no other company outside of London.
The battles with Thames' sales force were fierce. Thames had massive and wealthy shareholders (unlike the independent LWT), a far longer pedigree, bigger facilities, and made the most programmes. It also had an international reputation. LWT's response to this was to reinvent itself as possibly ITV's first 'brand': the on-screen identity changed from the cumbersome 'London Weekend Television' to 'LWT', the 'river ident' was modified to three letters, the strapline 'The weekend starts here' was introduced, and greater use of the distinct black-and-white-layered tower block (Kent House, later becoming The London Television Centre) that was its studios, was used in continuity. A well-known London landmark, this cemented LWT's role in the life of the people of London, and helped to distinguish it from its rival across the river.
The 1982 franchise round was the first time LWT had to re-apply for its licence. The original 1968 contract ran only to 1974 (like the rest of ITV), but the ITA elected to extend all contracts to 1981 because of the enormous costs of introducing colour television. It is debatable that if LWT had had to have applied for its licence in 1973, as to whether it would have been renewed. 1982 saw the company in good health, and it easily beat off weak competition to secure a second contract (although it lost the Bluebell Hill transmitter near Maidstone to TVS as part of a re-organisation of the new South and South East dual-region). By now, LWT had a reputation in many fields, and co-ordinated the network's sport production and presentation. The station was credited with bringing reality television to the UK with the audience participation show Game For A Laugh. Game For A Laugh was a popular British TV Light entertainment show which ran for 58 editions between 26 September 1981 and 23 Elsewhere, shows such as Play Your Cards Right and Blind Date drew audiences of millions, and ran for many years. Play Your Cards Right (or Bruce Forsyth 's Play Your Cards Right) is a British Television Game show based on Blind Date is a British Dating game show produced by ITV contractor London Weekend Television.
However many changes were scheuled to hit ITV in this decade. Industrial action at breakfast station TV-am had seen it dismiss striking staff, and replace them with non-unionised labour. TV-am was a Breakfast television station that broadcast to the United Kingdom from 1 February 1983 to 31 December 1992. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had commented on the excess over-manning within the network, and plans were afoot to deregulate ITV. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the political leader of the United Kingdom Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 LWT were receptive to this and began to streamline operations, and by the end of the decade, the number of employees had fallen from 1200 to around 700; however this became an advantage to LWT as the 1993 franchise round was no longer the traditional "beauty contest", but was now an auction.
The Broadcasting Act 1990 changed the way ITV contracts were awarded. The Broadcasting Act 1990 is a law of the British parliament, often regarded by both its supporters and its critics as a quintessential example of Thatcherism No longer the 'beauty-contest', the rounds were conducted on the basis of cash being handed to the Exchequer. The Exchequer was (and in some cases still is a part of the governments of England (latterly to include Wales) Scotland, and Northern Ireland Incumbents and applicants had to bid a sum to the Treasury for what they thought the contract was worth each year, in a blind auction; the winner was to be the applicant who bid the most. For the US government securities see Treasury security. Also see Treasury management. This led to fears that applicants would bankrupt themselves, or offer cheaper programming so as to be able to pay the fees. Opposition led to the introduction of a 'quality threshold' which allowed that, in exceptional circumstances, a bid could be rejected if it were deemed excessive, or that an incumbent could be chosen against a higher- bidding applicant, if it were felt that incumbent's programming was 'exceptional'. As described by Greg Dyke, the franchise round, '. . . Became a crab shoot. You had to work out, in the franchise round,you had to work out who was bidding against you. Of those, would they pass the Quality Threashold, and would they pass the financial test. . . Scottish and Central both found out that nobody was bidding against them, and both bid virtually nothing (The Story Of ITV (Episode 3, Part IV)(2005) Executive Producer, Melvin Bragg). ' It was the Quality Threshold that saved LWT.
Despite the streamlining and the successful battle with trade unions, LWT knew that if it were to keep on making quality programmes, it could not over-bid. It had to rely on the quality of its programmes and submit the best offer it could, knowing it could be far less than a rival bid; the strategy worked, and LWT won a third contract with an annual bid of £7. 5m, against a rival who bid £36m but whose plans were deemed not good enough.
The round brought many changes around the network and caused much confusion. TVS bid £59m and lost, Yorkshire Television bid £43m and won, and Central succeeded with a bid of £2,000, knowing it had no rival bidders. Television South ( TVS) was the broadcasting name associated with the ITV franchise holder in the south and south east of England between Yorkshire Television is the ITV contractor for the Yorkshire franchise Central Independent Television, more commonly known as Central and now legally ITV Central Ltd, is the British Independent Television contractor LWT even had a stake in Sunrise Television, who outbid TV-am. GMTV ( Good Morning Television) is the national ITV Breakfast television contractor broadcasting in the United Kingdom. TV-am was a Breakfast television station that broadcast to the United Kingdom from 1 February 1983 to 31 December 1992.
Significantly, LWT's weekday rival, Thames, lost its licence - outbid by Carlton. Carlton Television is the British ITV franchisee for London and parts of the surrounding counties from 925am every Monday to 5 It was told it could not fall back on its long history of programme-making. After 24 years living in its shadow, LWT now outlived the station that was its fiercest enemy. LWT had a far better relationship with Carlton, and shared many operations including playout and studio space, but most notably creating a joint news service, London News Network. London News Network (or LNN) was a Television news and facilities organisation in London.
The South Bank Television Centre was renamed the London Television Centre in 1992 (a name which still officially remains, despite signage bearing the name having been removed from outside the building), with the studios re-branded as The London Studios to avoid confusion with BBC Television Centre (although the name 'The London Studios' has been in use since the early 1990s as the trading name of LWT's studio operations). The London Studios (also known as 'The London Television Centre' is a television studio complex which forms a part of London Weekend Television 's London Television Centre The London Studios (also known as 'The London Television Centre' is a television studio complex which forms a part of London Weekend Television 's London Television Centre The London Studios (also known as 'The London Television Centre' is a television studio complex which forms a part of London Weekend Television 's London Television Centre Today, it is the chief production centre for ITV plc. ITV plc ( is a British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial
From 1993, LWT's low bid made it attractive to others wishing to take it over. The Broadcasting Act allowed for some consolidation in the network, and in 1994, the North West franchise holder, Granada launched a hostile takeover for the company. Granada Television is the United Kingdom ITV contractor for North West England. In business a takeover is the purchase of one company (the target) by another (the acquirer, or bidder) Eventually, a deal was agreed, valuing LWT at over £650m.
By 2001, Carlton and Granada owned all of the franchises in England and Wales, and in 2002 took the decision to unify the playout and branding of all of the companies to become ITV1, with regional references used only in accordance with regional programming. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland This article deals with the ITV1 brand name as it is broadcast at present
LWT marked its final day on air with a series of tributes to LWT's past, beginning with an authentic startup routine leading into the ITN Morning News. All elements of the startup were recreated in Macromedia Flash and in the 16:9 aspect ratio. Adobe Flash (previously called Shockwave Flash and Macromedia Flash) is a set of Multimedia software created by Macromedia and currently The aspect ratio of an Image is its width divided by its height The aspect ratio of a Shape is the ratio of its longer Dimension to its shorter dimension Later that day, a recreation of LWT's famous River ident would lead into The South Bank Show, which would be the last programme broadcast under the LWT name. The South Bank Show is an award-winning Television arts magazine show made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast The show was followed by a final signoff featuring continuity announcers Glen Thompsett and Trish Bertram appearing 'in-vision' to toast the departing station, and a celebratory montage of LWT presentation across the years, assembled by senior ITV presentation producer Gareth Randall. Glen Thompsett is a British television presenter radio presenter voiceover artist and Continuity announcer. Trish Bertram is a British television Continuity announcer and voice-over artist.
When LWT handed over to the weekday franchise the following morning, the national ITV1 brand was on-air, with the new team of Network Continuity Announcers announcing for the first time; former Meridian announcer Paul Seed was the first network voice. This article deals with the ITV1 brand name as it is broadcast at present Meridian Broadcasting (now legally known as ITV Meridian is the holder of the ITV franchise for the south and south east of England.
The operations of LWT and Carlton Television were merged to become ITV London, a 7-day service. ITV London is the collective brand name and identity used by Carlton Television and London Weekend Television in the London ITV region Unlike the other English and Welsh franchises, ITV London did not receive a regional ident featuring the London name, only known verbally as "ITV1 London" prior to regional programmes only. In February 2004 Granada and Carlton completed their merger to become ITV plc, owning eleven of the fifteen ITV regional franchises. ITV plc ( is a British media company that operates 11 of the 15 regional television broadcasters that make up the ITV Network, the oldest and largest commercial
The LWT logo continued to appear at the end of its programmes until 31 October 2004. Events 445 BC – Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 91 NLTse "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " However from 1 November, it was replaced by a Granada endcap, with programmes either credited as "A Granada London Production", or simply "A Granada Production" instead. Events 996 - Emperor Otto III issues a deed to Gottschalk Bishop of Freising which is the oldest known document using the name Ostarrîchi Granada Productions is one of Europe 's leading commercial television production and distribution companies Since January 16, 2006, all network productions produced by any ITV plc-owned company carry an "ITV Productions" endcap.
The station's output was limited, producing an average of 50 hours of programming a week. However, LWT had a disproportionate effect on post-war British television, as a number of high-flying media personalities including John Birt, Michael Grade and Greg Dyke were all 'LWT Boys'. British television broadcasting started in 1936 and now has a collection of free and subscription services over a variety of distribution media through which there are up to 600 channels John Birt Baron Birt (born 10 December 1944) served as the Director-General of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC from 1992 to 2000 Michael Ian Grade CBE (born March 8, 1943) is a British Businessman and a distinguished figure in the field of Broadcasting Gregory Dyke (born 20 May 1947) is a Journalist and broadcaster.
David Frost was an original director of LWT, and he presented a late-night chat show in the station's early years; another chat show host who made his debut on LWT was Russell Harty. Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (born 7 April 1939) is an English Satirist and Television presenter, famed as both a Frederic Russell Harty ( 5 September 1934 &ndash 8 June 1988) was an English Television presenter, with a distinctly
Other notable early shows included We Have Ways of Making You Laugh (a sketch show starring Frank Muir which was due to be the first programme scheduled to be aired on LWT, but industrial action blacked it out early in the first show); the children's fantasy Catweazle; and several sitcoms, including On the Buses, Please Sir!, Me and My Girl and Mind Your Language. Frank Herbert Muir (5 February 1920 - 2 January 1998 was an English Comedy writer radio and television personality and raconteur Catweazle was a British Television series in 1970 created and written by Richard Carpenter and produced by London Weekend Television On The Buses was a British Situation comedy created by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney. Please Sir! is a London Weekend Television Situation comedy created by writers John Esmonde and Bob Larbey and featuring the actors Me and My Girl was a British television sitcom created by Keith Leonard and John Kane and made by London Weekend Television for Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series, that premiered on ITV in late 1977 The channel also created the comedy-clips format with It'll Be Alright on the Night and the much-derided Game for a Laugh that spawned Beadle's About and You've Been Framed!. It'll be Alright on the Night is a long-running British television Bloopers show screened on ITV and produced by London Weekend Television Game For A Laugh was a popular British TV Light entertainment show which ran for 58 editions between 26 September 1981 and 23 You've Been Framed (or All New You've Been Framed) is the name of a British television show produced by Granada Television for
Because it was a weekend station, LWT's output tended to concentrate on more lightweight material than Thames and Carlton, but it did produce a number of successful drama shows. Within These Walls, a prison drama starring veteran actress Googie Withers, seems to have inspired the later Australian soap opera Prisoner Cell Block H. Within These Walls is a British Television drama series made by London Weekend Television for ITV and shown between 1974 A prison, penitentiary, or correctional facility is a place in which individuals are physically confined or interned and usually deprived of a range of Googie Withers, CBE (born 12 March, 1917) is a British actress. A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. Prisoner is an Australian television Soap opera which was set in the Wentworth Detention Centre a fictional women's Prison Lillie was based on the real-life story of Lillie Langtry, and saw Francesca Annis reprising the role from ATV's Edward the Seventh, but by far the station's most successful drama was Upstairs, Downstairs, a successful attempt to produce a costume drama comparable in scale to the BBC's The Forsyte Saga. Lillie is a British Television serial made by London Weekend Television for ITV and broadcast in 1978 Lillie Langtry ( 13 October 1853 &ndash 12 February 1929) born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, was a highly successful British Francesca Annis (born 14 May 1945) is a British actress, particularly well known for her film and television appearances most recently Associated TeleVision Limited, best known simply as ATV, was a British ITV company from 1955 until 1981 Edward the Seventh is a TV drama series made by ATV in 13 one-hour episodes Upstairs Downstairs is a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning British Drama set in a large Townhouse in Edwardian A costume drama is a Period piece in which elaborate Costumes Sets and properties are featured in order to capture the ambience of a particular The Forsyte Saga is a series of three Novels and two interludes by John Galsworthy. Neither did it neglect other responsibilities: It established the long-running Sunday lunchtime political series Weekend World and ITV's most famous arts programmes Aquarius, and its replacement The South Bank Show. Weekend World was a British television political series made by London Weekend Television (LWT and broadcast from 1972 to 1988. The South Bank Show is an award-winning Television arts magazine show made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast
Major programmes on LWT included most of the ITV Weekend line-up, which included gameshows like Friday night favourite Play Your Cards Right, Saturday night favourites Punchlines, Blind Date, and Gladiators, long-running and successful Sunday night drama series London's Burning, and their famous arts strand The South Bank Show. Play Your Cards Right (or Bruce Forsyth 's Play Your Cards Right) is a British Television Game show based on Punchlines was a comedy game show series that was produced by LWT and aired on the ITV network from 1981 until 1984. Blind Date is a British Dating game show produced by ITV contractor London Weekend Television. See also Gladiators (2008 UK TV series Gladiators was a British television series produced by LWT for ITV from 10 October London's Burning was a Television drama programme produced by London Weekend Television and focused on the lives of Blue Watch Firefighters The South Bank Show is an award-winning Television arts magazine show made by London Weekend Television, presented by Melvyn Bragg, broadcast Nigel Lythgoe, who won infamy as a judge on ITV's pop talent show Popstars, is a former controller of entertainment at the company, working as an executive producer on the likes of Gladiators, Michael Barrymore's gameshow My Kind of Music and Popstars. Nigel Lythgoe (born July 9, 1949) is an English Television and Film director and producer and former Dancer and Popstars is an international Reality television program and a precursor to the Idol series See also Gladiators (2008 UK TV series Gladiators was a British television series produced by LWT for ITV from 10 October Michael Ciaran Parker (born 4 May 1952 is an English Comedian better known by his Stage name Michael Barrymore. My Kind of Music, abbreviated from Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music was a Game show in the United Kingdom produced by LWT for ITV Popstars is an international Reality television program and a precursor to the Idol series LWT also owned 50% of London News Network Limited, producers until February 2004 of the news programmes London Today and London Tonight; regional news for London is now produced by ITN. London News Network (or LNN) was a Television news and facilities organisation in London. ITN ( Independent Television News) is a major news and content provider with headquarters in the United Kingdom.