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MERIDIAN TELEVISION : 1982-1992
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Meridian Television 1982

In 1982 a TV company was born, Meridian Television Media Company Ltd. They had won the rights to broadcast to the South and south east from Southern Television. Meridian launched with this Good Morning from Meridian ident, which unusually was followed by the IBA morning start-up. The ident was created as a one-off, but a year later it cropped up as the standard start-up ident shown every morning.

Meridian Television 1982

Most regions had an announcer telling veiwers which station they were watching and the fact they were part of the IBA. Meridian wanted to be different and so displayed it in writing. After this slide a round up of the transmitters would be seen and then the ident.

Meridian Television 1982

Before each programme on Meridian this ident was played the red stripe rolled down the screen, and the yellow rolled up, then the green rolled down, etc... This ident was later remade, the screen began red and then changed to yellow whilst still showing a stripe of red the other colours appeared until the M and Meridian finally appeared.

Meridian Television 1982

The meridian clock was a basic digital clock, although the colon did flash sometimes. The clock was shown originally after Schools programmes had finished, before ITN and at closedown. By 1984 it was only shown at closedown.

Meridian Television 1982

This was a standard coming later caption from the day of launch. A few weeks later pictures were added above the black strip and the text was placed over the strip.

Meridian Television 1982

At first Meridian had only a very small graphics department, so they're original evening news programme 'The Day Today,' thought to be a working on Southern's 'Day by Day,' had the basic image coming next image, although the black stripe was transparent.

Meridian Television 1987

With ITV Schools swapping over to Channel 4 Meridian created new idents. Gone had the simplistic 'M in a box' and in came the mysterious Spooky 'M' although this wasn't considered a logo within the company. Notice that the subtitles caption reads 'Oracle 888.' This ident featured a fanfare-type jingle which sounded typical of the 80s.

Meridian Television 1987

Meridian for the first time had attempted to broadcast separate programmes to the South and south east. Separate Continuity announcers were brought in for the South east and quickly brought out and the ident was played without any announcers.

Meridian Television 1987

Meridian nightime launched overnight later in 1987 between 1am and 6am. The announcers from the South east were brought back to voice the show, Meridian only ever showed two of it's younger overnight announcers in-vision. The music for the Nightime service was a spooky version of the usual ident theme - although many people said that it would match the Spooky M more!

Meridian Television 1987

Nightime had it's own trailers, this one if a programme called night vision it was aimed at people that wanted to get themselves on TV. It featured bands, actors and filmmakers and was later replaced by Widescreen.

Meridian Television 1987

Overnight Meridian broadcast national and regional news, sometimes and ITN reporter recorded this most times though the continuity announcer read it. There was never any images that related to the news stories, even the ones that came from the South. Nightime carried on until the ITV nightime service launched.

Meridian Television 1987

The weekday news programme got a new look and a new name - Meridian at SIX. It had two presenters although only one had his or her name on the titles. his edition was presented by Fred Dinette, although instead of a studio shot we saw the Colour Bars.

Meridian Television 1987

This was an ordinary programme promotion. There was no tag on the trailer itself, although at the end they had the 'MERIDIAN' appear, sometimes it was mall, sometimes it was big, other times only half appeared, it was later removed.

Meridian Television 1989

In 1989 as ITV launched the generic logo, Meridian created it's own. The network wasn't too pleased with what they had done to the Logo though. All other promotions and idents stayed the same.

Meridian Television 1990

In 1990 we saw why Meridian had the strange ITV logo, it was to match the new strange M. This ident had no tune and the only animation was on the M - it gleamed and sparkled.

Meridian Television 1990

Meridian brought back the regional idents before the local news. This one is for the South.

Meridian Television 1990

This is how promotion end caps looked.

Meridian Television 1990

The news programme Meridian at Six also had a new look. At 10.30 the Meridian Late bulletin was branded News at Ten, then for the South was placed at the end. The South east titles read, News at Ten from Meridian for the South east.

Meridian Television 1992

In 1993 Meridian launched a new logo based upon it's tenth birthday logo shown at the beginning of 1992 alongside the other idents...

LAST UPDATE: 15th September 2002

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