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TVS : 1993-1999
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Late in 1993 after narowly survivng the loss of its region, TVS shut down MTM's operations, kept its programme library and sold its facilites. Both the MTM library and the TVS archives were brought out on video. Virtually every major series ever made was released in a drive to re-coop losses.

At this time TVS restructured the company and TVS Television returned to being known as Television South with the parent group called TVS Broadcasting. At this point it was decided that presentation was to be given a major overhaul.

TVS 1993

The brief for the in-house designers was simple - it has to stay fresh for a very long time. That was because TVS may not have the funds for new images in later years, but it wanted its viewers to recognise the changes and see a familiar face.

The team came up with a simple ident which featured underwater-wave style background which had other images that represent the region hidden with in it. Its not perfectly clear here, but in this still there is a birds eye view of the South and a train - but its more noticeable when this ident is in motion.

The ident animated in the style it had been doing since about 1987. The symbol (still there, just) starts out and spins down revealing the metalic TVS word-logo you can see in this still. The legend - 'Television South' displayed was dropped a few years later and various other slogans and messages were placed there instead.

TVS 1993

The background was so versital that a variation of it was used on menus. Notice how the time and day line starts after the white strap, which is actually a still of an Isle of Wight ferry.

At this time TVS liked to swap network programmes with its own productions. Catchphrase (a repeat) replaced Play Your Cards Right which was shown instead during the overnight, Late Night Late strand.

TVS 1993

The look spanned to next slides.

TVS 1993

Late Night Late, the programme strand shown over night got a new look, TVS branding wasn't used during the overnight period as Channel Television also took it.

TVS 1993

The Late Night Late opening ident featured the Television South legend only at the start on TVS. One of Channel TV's final dutys for the night was to fade up 'Channel Television' instead.

TVS 1993

The production slide was a plain and simple affair.

TVS 1993

Network production slides also had a simple design.

TVS 1993

For many years the TVS news sting was a variation on the ident. This time round was no different, although rather than edited to include 'NEWS' below the logo, they have been especially created so that the TVS moves to the left as it lands into place.

TVS 1993

Coast to Coast had a nice little way of mixing the ident in with the titles in the 1989 presentation set, this time was no different. After the ident has finished the ident lays flat reavealing the South Coast and the titles.

TVS 1997

Presentation began to vary from late 1997, this style looks quite like wrapping paper.

TVS 1998

Widescreen arrived in mid-1998 and TVS became the first region to begin broadcasting the majority of local programmes in widescreen. Finacial losses were by now very much re-cooped.

TVS 1999

TVS launched a new entertainment channel in 1999 it was shown nationwide and was later also broadcast in other countries. The channel showed the best of TVS' output and the Ident was pretty simular as well. The channel was called TVE.

 

TVS 1999

At this point slides and captions were also modified.

TVS 1999
 

 

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