~ Granada Television - 1956-2002 ~
Granada Television has served the North of England since the earliest days of ITV in 1956, making it one of the oldest companies on the network and ultimate the controlling company. Whereas it originally used to broadcast to most of the North, it's broadcast region was fixed to the North West in 1968, where it has remained ever since. Throughout the 90s and into 2000s, Granada abandoned many of it's regional roots in favour of becoming a massive international media company, and ultimately becoming the dominating party in the merged ITV plc. Even the Granada name disappeared from ITV from October 2002, initially being concentrated on as an international production brand solely.
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