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Yorkshire Television is the production company of Emmerdale. It was one of the new stations which came about because of the ITV franchise reshuffle of 1967 which saw some of the biggest changes that the network had ever experienced. Granada Television, producers of Coronation Street, had held the North of England franchise (outside of the areas covered by Border Television and Tyne Tees Television) since 1956 but only on weekdays. Granada retained a franchise but only for the North West of England (including its home base in Manchester but was compensated by now being able broadcast to this area seven days a week. The remainder of its "old" territory, east of the Pennines, went to Yorkshire Television. The new station first went on the air on Monday 29th July 1968.
A strong player in providing networked programmes, for a period of time between 1969 and 1980 the company merged with Tyne Tees Television under the name Trident Television but both stations kept their on-screen identities. The company was bought by Granada in 1997 and is now part of ITV plc. Its on-screen identity as a separate company was dropped in 2002.
- Yorkshire Television at Wikipedia.