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init., a British television station aimed at children.


CITV (short for Children's ITV) is a British children's television channel from ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. It broadcasts content from the CITV archive and acquisitions, every day from 6am to 9pm which was previously 6am to 6pm until 21 February 2016 (although Freeview viewers still close at 6pm) in an attempt to copy CBBC. It is also the title of a programming block on the ITV network at weekends.

Children's ITV launched on 3 January 1983, as a late afternoon programming block on the ITV network. It replaced the earlier Watch It! branding and introduced networked in-vision continuity links between programmes. These links were originally pre-recorded from a small London studio, up until 1987 when Central won the contract to produce live links from their Birmingham studios. In 2004, presentation of CITV was relocated to Granada Television in Manchester, which saw the demise of in-vision continuity. Nine years later, operations moved to ITV Granada's MediaCityUK studios in Salford.

In 2006, CITV launched as a channel in its own right. The CITV channel averages around 100,000 viewers between 4pm-6pm every day. The CITV strand on the ITV network airs on weekend mornings from 6am to 9:25am, as part of the ITV Breakfast time slot. In 2016, CITV moved the slot to 9pm on satellite and cable like Sky and Virgin Media.

CITV (disambiguation)

CITV may refer to one of the following:

  • CITV, children's television block on the British ITV network
  • CITV-DT, Global Television Network owned-and-operated station in Edmonton, Alberta
  • CITV (Bermuda), local government-run channel in Bermuda
  • CiTV (Estonia), former television channel in Estonia
  • Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer on the M1 Abrams tank
  • Co-operative Institute of Technology, Vadakara, Engineering college in Kerala, India

Usage examples of "citv".

There were several thousand people in Edinburgh, and the sewage from all of them was running down the gutters of the cobbled street, depending on gravity and the frequent rain to keep the citv habitable.