Once formal startups became optional, the ITV companies starting filling the five minutes between TV-am going off air at 0925 and (schools) programmes beginning at 0930 with a variety of things, principally menus or local news.

Here’s Thames, as always falling on to air at 0925 thanks to the ever-unstable switchover from TV-am, and going straight into news read by a man with definitive mid-1980s hair.

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