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Thames Television was a franchise holder for a region of the British ITV television network serving London and surrounding area on weekdays from 30 July 1968 until the night of 31 December 1992.

Thames Television
Thames Television logo (1968-1989).jpg
The Thames Television ident featuring London landmarks
Based in London (1968 Teddington)
Broadcast area Greater London
Established 30 July 1968
Founder Howard Thomas
First airdate 30 July 1968
Closed 31 December 1992
Slogan A Talent For Television
(30 July 1968 – 31 December 1992)
Key people Jeremy Isaacs,
Bryan Cowgill,
Brian Tesler,
David Elstein,
Richard Dunn
Replaced Rediffusion, London
Replaced by Carlton Television

Thames Television was a franchise holder for a region of the British ITV television network serving London and surrounding area on weekdays from 30 July 1968 until the night of 31 December 1992.

Formed as a joint company, it merged the television interests of British Electric Traction (trading as Associated-Rediffusion) owning 49%, and Associated British Picture Corporation—soon taken over by EMI—owning 51%. It was both a broadcaster and a producer of television programmes, making shows both for the local region it covered and for networking nationally across the ITV regions. The British Film Institute describes Thames as having "served the capital and the network with a long-running, broad-based and extensive series of programmes, several of which either continue or are well-remembered today." Thames covered a broad spectrum of commercial public-service television, with a strong mix of drama, current affairs and comedy.

After Thames was acquired by FremantleMedia it was merged with another Fremantle company, Talkback Productions, to form a new independent production company Talkback Thames; consequently Thames ceased to exist as a separate entity. However, on 1 January 2012, the Thames brand was revived and Talkback Thames has now been split into four different labels; Boundless, Retort, Talkback and Thames within the newly created FremantleMedia UK production arm.

Thames Television Ident compilation - 1968 - 000's

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Thames Logo History

Thames Television - Final Transmission - New Years Eve 1992

Richard Dunn, Chief Executive of Thames Television bids a fond and heartfelt farewell to Thames television as a broadcaster. Thames TV's final broadcast ...

Syria - Valley of the Missiles - Thames Television

The cameras from Thames Television's 'TV Eye' visit Syria and neighbouring Lebanon during the height of the middle east troubles. With exclusive interviews ...

Sir Oswald Mosley | Interview | Thames Television | 1975

A slightly cut down interview with Sir.Oswald Mosley - in this interview he speaks about his role in the founding and his leadership of British Union of Fascists ...

Tony Benn - Afternoon plus - Thames Television

An interview with veteran Labour party MP Tony Benn. First transmitted on Thames Television on 29/01/1982.