|The ITV1 logo since 2013|
|Launched||22 September 1955|
|Picture format|| 576i (SDTV) |
|Audience share|| 1.3% (HD)|
(January 2014, BARB)
|Slogan||"Where drama/laughter/life/news lives"|
|Broadcast area|| England |
Isle of Man
The ITV1 brand was introduced by Carlton and Granada in 2001, alongside the regional identities of their eleven regional companies. ITV1 replaced these regional brands completely in October 2002, before Granada and Carlton merged to form ITV plc in 2004. The brand is also used by the non-ITV plc owned Channel Television. The ITV1 brand, however, should be distinguished from the UK-wide ITV, of which ITV1 forms a large proportion.
ITV1 and its predecessor channels (collectively known simply as ITV from 1955 to 2001, and always treated as a single channel for ratings purposes), have contended with BBC One for the status of the UK's most watched television channel since the 1950s. However in line with other terrestrial channels, ITV1's audience share has fallen in the era of multi-channel television.