ITV Digital Timeline

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  1. 03-07-2001 ITV Sport Channel captures Smith and announces weekend line-up

    The ITV Sport Channel has announced the schedule for its launch weekend next month and also the first of its presenters.

  2. 10-07-2001 Comedy double act to front the launch of ITV Digital, Johnny Vegas and newcomer Monkey set to storm the nation

    TV history is littered with comedy duos who have left their indelible mark on the nation: Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Morecombe and Wise, French and Saunders, The Two Ronnies, to name a few. Some might add Cannon and Ball. ITV Digital (formerly ONdigital) has signed up the hottest new comedy duo to front its launch advertising campaign. Johnny Vegas, whose one-man show is the wow of comedy festivals at home and abroad, and Monkey... a friendly chap from Muppet-makers The Jim Henson Creature Shop.

  3. 10-07-2001 ITV to rebrand as ITV1

    ITV Network is to be rebranded as ITV1 later this year to reflect the extended family of brands created by the alignment with digital terrestrial platform ONdigital. ITV Chief Executive Stuart Prebble today announced the rebranding strategy, and confirmed that ONdigital will become ITV Digital on 11 July. ONnet, the internet on TV service, will become ITV Active from the same date.

  4. 11-07-2001 ONdigital relaunches as ITV Digital

    Digital TV service ONdigital relaunched on Wednesday as ITV Digital, in an effort to boost its fortunes.

  5. 11-07-2001 ONdigital PLC renamed to ITV Digital PLC

    ONdigital PLC is renamed to ITV Digital PLC (later to become ONdigital 1998 PLC).

  6. 19-07-2001 ITV Digital On Air And On Target

    ITV Digital (formerly ONdigital) today reported an increase of 48,000 subscribers for the quarter ended 30 June 2001, bringing the total as at 30 June to 1,135,000.

  7. 11-08-2001 ITV Sport Channel launches

    The ITV Sport Channel, the first premium sport channel to be launched for a decade, launched today on ITV Digital as a premium channel. It will carry live matches from the UEFA Champions League, the Nationwide Football League and the Worthington Cup for £6.99 a month.

  8. 23-08-2001 Shop American gone

    Shopping channel Shop American is now no longer broadcasting on the digital terrestrial service. After a short-lived stay of just only a week, channel 35, Taste CFN, has resumed broadcasting a display of Taste CFN's programme schedule.

  9. 01-10-2001 Raids

    A computer shop in the Thanet area of Kent was raided by the Tactical Unit of Kent Constabulary supported by FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) on 24th September.

  10. 12-10-2001 Discovery Channel joins ITV Digital

    Discovery Channel, one of the premier brands in multichannel TV, is to join the ITV line up of primary channels from November 18th.

  11. 25-10-2001 ITV Digital defies sceptics

    ITV Digital has confounded sceptics, who have for months predicted the service's demise, by attracting almost 50% more subscribers than some media experts had predicted.

  12. 25-10-2001 ITV Digital sales above target

    ITV Digital's subscriber base grew by 82,000 in the quarter ending 30 September 2001 and by 339,000 (36%) for the year ending 30 September 2001.

  13. 01-11-2001 Price increases for new subscribers

    Pre-paid package will only be available with all the primary channels, at a price of £169. The price of both the six channel and full channel pay-monthly options to new subscribers is being raised to £12 and £14 per month respectively at the same time.
  14. 11-11-2001 Subscription change for new subscribers

    Today saw the subscription rates change for new subscribers, with existing subscribers having their rates unchanged until the end of this year. Today saw the end of the six primary channel prepaid package nearly two years after it was originally launched, it being replaced by the new all-primary channel package. The prepaid packages with ITV Active and the ITV Sport Channel have also been discontinued, however some stores may still have a limited amount in stock still.
  15. 18-11-2001 Discovery Channel launches

    The Discovery Channel joined the ITV Digital lineup today as a primary channel.

  16. 01-12-2001 First Day without Taste CFN

    Today is the first day on the DTT without Taste CFN. After starting 5 years ago on analogue cable and being broadcast from the start of DTT in 1998, last night at 23:58 (after a day full of never-before seen programming), an announcement appeared on screen - 'To all loyal viewers, thank you and goodbye'. Then at midnight, ITV Digital displayed a message 'Taste CFN has stoped broadcasting, look out for an announcement in New Year' .

  17. 31-12-2001 Two Way TV shut down

    At 4pm today Two Way TV ceased to provide a games service on DTT. This is the first time since June 1999 that there has not been an interactive games service available on the platform.

  18. 31-12-2001 Wellbeing shut down

    At 9pm today Wellbeing closed down for the last time. It remains to be seen what channel will replace it.

  19. 11-01-2002 Best Direct on DTT

    Shopping channel Best Direct is now available on ITV Digital to subscribers of one or all of the Sky Sports channels. The shopping channel is broadcast from the closedown of Sky Sports 3 for an hour and a half after Sky Sports 3 closes, and is then broadcast again one hour and forty-five minutes before Sky Sports 3 is due to start broadcasting, only for Best Direct to close again fithteen minutes before Sky Sports 3 is due to start broadcasting.

  20. 17-01-2002 Granada Breeze to finally blow-out

    In a press release ITV Digital have confirmed that the channel Granada Breeze will no longer be broadcast to digital terrestrial after 21.00 on Thursday 31st January. Granada Men and Motors will, however, continue to broadcast on channel 31 after this date and the broadcast of this channel is not affected by the Granada Breeze closure on this platform. The closure of Granada Breeze was originally reported by DTT News on 06/12/01 as being due to take place on 07/12/01, however it is thought the delay in the channels removal was part of last-ditch talks between ITV Digital and Granada Sky Broadcasting to keep the channel available on the digital terrestrial service.

  21. 31-01-2002 Two Way almost gone

    Performing a 'store channels' function now removes channel 46 (formerly Two Way TV) from the line-up. The channel, which now simply has a screen advertising ITV Active has moved to channel number 802, where it is expected to be removed from the line-up totally in the next few days.

  22. 31-01-2002 Breeze sails into sun-set

    Today at 9pm the lifestyle channel Granada Breeze closed-down for the last time after being on the digital terrestrial platform since it launched in November 1998. Currently there have been no confirmations from ITV Digital as what is likely to fill the broadcast space used by Granada Breeze. An 'add channels' now renames the channel banner from saying 'BreezeMen&Mtrs' to simply, 'men&motors'.

  23. 12-02-2002 Viewers desert ITV Digital

    Embattled digital television operation ITV Digital saw churn rise to almost 25% as subscriber growth slowed.

  24. 12-02-2002 ITV Digital on track

    ITV Digital's latest subscriber figures, published today, show growth to the end of December continuing in line with the objectives announced in April 2001.

  25. 27-02-2002 ITV Digital in crisis, owners say

    ITV Digital needs a "fundamental restructuring... as a matter of urgency" if its long-term future is to be secured, the struggling network's owners Carlton and Granada have said.

  26. 27-02-2002 Restructure of ITV Digital

    The Boards of Carlton and Granada have concluded that a fundamental restructuring of ITV Digital's cost base must be concluded as a matter of urgency in order to secure the long term future of the business. Deloitte & Touche have been appointed to assist in the implementation of this process.

  27. 22-03-2002 ITV Digital 'braced for collapse'

    ITV Digital faces collapse unless the Football League agree to renegotiate its £315m contract with the ailing service, reports have said.
  28. 27-03-2002 ITV Digital goes broke

    ITV Digital, the crisis-hit UK broadcaster, has been put into administration following a High Court order.
  29. 27-03-2002 ITV Digital's own goal

    ITV Digital was forced into administration when it lacked the cash to pay the Football League what it had promised in a contract.
  30. 27-03-2002 Administration orders made by the high court in relation to ITV Digital

    Administration orders have been made by the High Court in relation to ITV Digital PLC and ITV Digital Services Limited. Deloitte & Touche partners Nick Dargan and Nick Edwards have been appointed as administrators.
  31. 27-03-2002 ITC responds to ITV Digital announcement

    The Independent Television Commission (ITC) notes the statement issued today by the Board of ITV Digital and the appointment of Deloitte and Touche as administrators.

  32. 28-03-2002 ITV Digital woes bring football crisis

    The Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has said that now is the moment to sort out the unstable finances of the UK's football clubs.
  33. 09-04-2002 Picking up ITV Digital's pieces

    ITV Digital may not have gone bust, but to judge from the widespread speculation about what may happen if and when it does, most people seem to think its insolvency is inevitable.
  34. 11-04-2002 The ITV Digital backlash

    ITV Digital's problems have provoked predictably gloomy reactions.
  35. 14-04-2002 ITV Digital 'set for reprieve'

    Failed pay TV service ITV Digital is to be given one more week to strike a life-saving deal over football broadcasting rights, according to press reports.
  36. 15-04-2002 ITV Digital gets extra time

    Stricken pay-TV company ITV Digital has been given an extra week by the High Court to reach agreement with the Football League.
  37. 15-04-2002 High Court delays call centre fate

    The future of 900 jobs in ITV Digital's call centre in west Wales is set to remain uncertain for at least a further seven days.
  38. 18-04-2002 League considers ITV Digital offer

    The chairmen of Football League's 72 clubs meet in Manchester on Thursday to consider the latest offer from ITV Digital to settle their dispute.
  39. 19-04-2002 Hopes rise for ITV Digital deal

    Hopes have risen that the Football League and the owners of ITV Digital may be able to reach a deal to save the stricken broadcaster.
  40. 22-04-2002 Workers await fate in ITV Digital sale

    Hundreds of call centre workers for ITV Digital in west Wales are still waiting to hear about the future of their jobs after administrators announced the company is to be sold.
  41. 22-04-2002 D-Day for ITV Digital

    Administrators for stricken broadcaster ITV Digital are set to announce within hours whether it is to be sold off or saved.
  42. 22-04-2002 ITV Digital up for sale

    Attempts to keep ITV Digital's head above water by renegotiating its deals with the Football League and others have failed.
  43. 23-04-2002 What next for ITV Digital?

    So who might buy ITV Digital?
  44. 23-04-2002 Buyers circle ITV Digital

    Possible buyers have begun circling ITV Digital, administrators for the collapsed broadcaster have told BBC News Online.
  45. 25-04-2002 ITV Digital close to meltdown

    The UK's ailing pay-TV network ITV Digital is on the verge of being broken up, after the firm's court-appointed administrators ran out of money to keep the company going.
  46. 25-04-2002 ITC statement on ITV Digital

    Following the announcement from Deloitte and Touche that the Administrator intends to undertake a short term sale process for ITV Digital's business assets, the Independent Television Commission (ITC) issued the following statement on Thursday, April 25.

  47. 26-04-2002 ITV Digital briefing for MPs

    Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is to make a statement to MPs about the ITV Digital crisis.
  48. 26-04-2002 'Keep working' plea to ITV Digital staff

    Nine hundred staff at an ITV Digital call centre in west Wales have been told to try and carry on working as normal despite fears for their jobs if the company is broken up for sale.
  49. 26-04-2002 ITV Digital wins breathing space

    Ailing pay-TV service ITV Digital will keep broadcasting over the weekend, with coverage of the Football League play-offs to go ahead as planned.
  50. 30-04-2002 ITV Digital: Where did it all go wrong?

    So it's over. ITV Digital, launched on the dream of challenging Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB, has pulled the plug.
  51. 30-04-2002 Last rites for ITV Digital awaited

    Most people were convinced that the last rites were finally about to be read last Thursday evening, when the administrators announced that Carlton and Granada would not invest any more and ITV Digital had run out of money.
  52. 30-04-2002 ITC to re-advertise ITV Digital licences

    The Independent Television Commission (ITC) today, April 30, confirmed that the Administrator had surrendered the three multiplex service licences currently in the name of ITV Digital.

  53. 30-04-2002 ITV Digital to go off-air

    For the first time in over three years, ITV Digital, originally launched as ONdigital, will begin to close for good at 7am tomorrow. The administrators, Deloitte & Touche, have issued a statement saying that the service has had to be closed because there has been; "Insufficient interest shown from prospective purchasers to justify a continuation of the operation." Due to ITV Digital's closure, the three licences used by the company will have to be returned to the ITC. The ITC will advertise the licences from tomorrow morning, and by Wednesday 12th June 2002, they will make licence awards for the three multiplexes. Children's channel Nickelodeon, displayed an orange banner once the news of closure was made public, and so are MTV, advising viewers the channels would not be available tomorrow. The ITV Sport Channel is speculated to continue broadcasting, but free for all digital terrestrial viewers, until the 1st Division playoffs have been completed.
  54. 01-05-2002 Axe falls on ITV Digital staff

    More than 1,000 people at the ITV Digital call centre in Pembroke Dock have lost their jobs following the collapse of the company.
  55. 01-05-2002 The fallout from ITV Digital's collapse

    Launched amidst much ballyhoo and bravado, ITV digital's pay-TV services vanished from our screens after the administrator threw in the towel and admitted that nobody wanted to buy this deeply flawed business.
  56. 01-05-2002 Channels come to a close

    As expected at 7am, all channels on the three ITV Digital multiplexes came to a close. They have been replaced by a screen from ITV Digital, informing viewers of the service's closure. Most of the 24 hour channels where turned-off just after 6.57am, making Carlton Cinema the last subscription channel to be turned off. Meanwhile, E4 and FilmFour, from multiplex 2, still remain broadcasting.

  57. 02-05-2002 ITV Digital wind down operations

    The blue screens transmitted yesterday after each ITV Digital channel closed yesterday have been removed from all channels, leaving just black screens along with a message saying, "Please direct all enquiries to 0870 600 9696" .
  58. 03-05-2002 ITV Sport to go off air

    The ITV Sport channel is to close on 11 May following the collapse of ITV Digital.

  59. 04-05-2002 Respite for some ITV Digital staff

    There are crumbs of comfort for some of the 1,000 ITV Digital call centre workers made redundant in west Wales.
  60. 11-05-2002 ITV Sport Channel shuts down

    Just before 4pm this afternoon, the ITV Sport Channel closed down for the last time, after launching only nine months ago to this day. The channel is currently broadcasting a notice stating that it has closed.

  61. 15-05-2002 Battling on after ITV Digital's demise

    The argument between the Football League and ITV Digital's owners over millions of pounds of TV cash could be heading for the High Court as soon as next month.
  62. 04-09-2002 Collapsed ITV Digital sells off monkeys

    Knitted replica monkeys are being auctioned off in south London with other assets belonging to the collapsed ITV Digital network.

  63. 04-09-2002 ITV Digital monkey under the hammer

    There was a time when a knitted monkey came free if you bought an ITV Digital package. But once the administrators and auctioneers moved into the failed pay-TV company's old headquarters, the tables were turned.

  64. 17-10-2002 ITV Digital PLC renamed to ONdigital 1998 PLC

    ITV Digital PLC is renamed to ONdigital 1998 PLC, a day before the company goes into liquidation.

  65. 18-10-2002 ITV Digital put into liquidation

    ITV Digital, the failed pay-TV service, has been placed into liquidation, leaving behind debts of about £1.25bn ($1.9bn).

  66. 10-12-2002 Viewers told to return set-top boxes

    Former ITV Digital subscribers are to be asked to return their set-top boxes, or pay £39.99 to keep them.

  67. 20-01-2003 ITV Digital viewers 'can keep' boxes

    Nearly a million former subscribers to the ITV Digital service are to be given their set-top boxes. The announcement reverses an earlier demand for just under £40 per box from the liquidator who is winding up the company.

  68. 27-03-2012 Murdoch firm used hacker site to target pay-TV rival

    A News Corporation company recruited a pay-TV "pirate" to post hacked details of a rival's secret codes online, BBC Panorama has found.