August 2: 50 years ago today, London Weekend Television began broadcasting

London_Weekend_Television_logo_(1979)London Weekend Television (LWT) was the ITV network franchise holder for Greater London and the Home Counties at weekends, broadcasting from Fridays to Monday mornings.

Like most former ITV regional franchises, the London weekend franchise is now operated by ITV plc. As of 2014, the franchise is still separately licensed, but unlike many other franchises, it is no longer distinguished on air in any way at all. LWT is now managed with Carlton Television as a single entity (ITV London), and the legal name for LWT is now ITV London (Weekends). London Weekend Television Ltd is now (along with most other former regional companies owned by ITV plc) listed at Companies House as a “Dormant company”.