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Yorkshire Television 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 however the first episode of Coronation Street they broadcast was Episode 795 on Wednesday 31st July as technicians at Granada went on strike for half-an-hour at 7.30pm on 29th July, blacking out the programme to the network.

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. After beginning colour transmissions on 15th November 1969, the station started broadcasts of the programme in that medium from Episode 928 (17th November 1969) onwards. 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.

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