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Editor Colin Tough
Categories TV and Radio Listings
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 197,153 (ABC Jan-Jun 2016)[1]
Print and digital editions.
First issue 22 September 1955
Company Time Inc. UK
Country United Kingdom
Based in London
Language English
ISSN 0962-1660

TVTimes is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom by Time Inc. UK. It is known for its access to television actors and their programmes It was once exposed for printing false readers letters.. In 2006 it was refreshed for a more modern look, increasing its emphasis on big-star interviews and soaps. Despite the description below it no longer lists radio programming.

TVTimes belongs to Time UK's family of television magazines including What's on TV and TV & Satellite Week, as well as the soap bi-weekly Soaplife.


The magazine was launched on 22 September 1955, at the start of transmissions of ITV, but only became a national magazine in 1968. Prior to 1968, several of the regional ITV companies - Westward Television, Scottish Television, Tyne Tees Television, Ulster Television, TWW and Teledu Cymru (and briefly WWN) - produced their own listings magazines. The Midlands originally had their own edition of TVTimes listing ATV and ABC programmes, but a separate listings magazine in the Midlands called TV World existed 1964-68 before TVTimes went national. Until television listings were deregulated in 1991, TVTimes was the only place where complete listings of ITV and, from 1982, Channel 4 for the week ahead could be published.[2] In 1989, the magazine was acquired by IPC Media, its current owners which became Time Inc. UK in 2014.[3]

Channel Television continued to publish its own listings magazine until 1991 as it was feared that the company might cease trading without the revenue from its own magazine.


Although every ITV region originally had its own version, there are now only four editions:

See also


  1. ^ "ABC Certificates and Reports: TV Times". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "The TV-Listings Market: The Duopoly Strikes Back". The Economist. 2 February 1991. p. 53. 
  3. ^ Devitt, Maureen. "Scottish Television profit 21% brighter". Herald Scotland. Retrieved . 

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