Programming and production from the nations and regions are an important part of the television landscape, and the regional character of ITV is a critical distinguishing feature of the channel. One of the ITC’s key responsibilities is to ensure each ITV licensee provides high quality regional news and current affairs, and a diverse range of other programmes designed to reflect life within the nations and regions
In the North West, Granada, the biggest operator and owner of Yorkshire, Border and Tyne Tees, has its headquarters in Manchester and runs news bases in Liverpool, Chester, Blackburn and Lancaster.
Leeds-based Yorkshire TV, whose output stretches into north and west Norfolk as well as north Derbyshire and north Nottinghamshire, also has bases in Hull, Grimsby, Lincoln and York.
Tyne Tees is based at Newcastle upon Tyne with bases in Sunderland and Middlesbrough, with YTV supplying some stories from York in the event of overlap. Border has studios in Carlisle and Edinburgh and one reporter on the Isle of Man.
Restricted Service Licences (RSLs), are local television stations with a four-year licence to broadcast to a restricted area. There is currently one service broadcast by Channel M based in Manchester and Salford.