Yorkshire Television: Night Time

On 9 August 1986, Yorkshire Television became the first ITV company and the first British terrestrial television station to offer 24-hour broadcasting. This was achieved by simulcasting the satellite station Music Box. The arrangement come about when Yorkshire were able to get a three month trial from the IBA to broadcast the station overnight from the last programme until 06.15.  The trial lasted until Friday, January 02, 1987. Thereafter, Yorkshire ran a teletext-based Jobfinder service for one hour after closedown with a Through Till 3 strand on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights introduced a few months later.

With thanks to Aidan Lunn, Benriggers DELTIC1976 and Neil Miles


Music Box


Yorkshire Night time.
On 29 May 1988, Yorkshire Television reintroduced a full through-the-night service, this time consisting of films, imports, series and networked original programming including YTV’s The James Whale Radio Show, simulcast locally with Radio Aire.



During this period YTV used the main daytime ident over night.


Night Shift
Following  the formation of “Yorkshire-Tyne Tees Television” which brought the two companies under the same control, before the full merger in January 1994. A new overnight service for both stations was launched on the 5 October 1992, entitled Night Shift.  It was broadcast across both regions from YTV’s transmission centre in Leeds with pre-recorded continuity from the station’s announcing staff.  Separate overnight presentation for the YTV and Tyne Tees areas was introduced two years later.




Night time version
Both Yorkshire and Tnye tees regions aired the same schedule of imports, films, local programming and Bollywood movies although for a short while, YTV refused to air more adult programming such as The Good Sex Guide and God’s Gift – while such output continued to air on Tyne Tees. The service remained locally originated (despite the introduction of networked idents in 1997) until May 1998. YTV continued to opt out of the network for its regular Jobfinder programme at 5am until around 2005.


In 1996 the evening version of the ident was used for overnight presentation, until 1997 when Yorkshire began to use the neon idents from the London based service, The service remained local until May 1998 (shortly after Granada’s buy out of the company) when the service simulcast the London feed.