TVTimes is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom by TI Media. It is known for its access to television actors and their programmes. In 1981 it was briefly rebranded as TVTimes Magazine, the premise being it contained more than simply television listings. In 2006 it was refreshed for a more modern look, increasing its emphasis on big-star interviews and soaps.
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 the public could find complete listings of ITV programmes for the week ahead, and from 1982 onwards, Channel 4 programmes too.
Originally published by Independent Television Publications (an association of the ITV companies), in 1989 the magazine was acquired by IPC Media, which became Time Inc. UK in 2014.
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.
Use of the brand
ITV used the branding for several broadcast spin-offs, including Miss TVTimes and The TVTimes Awards during the 1970s and 80s.
Although every ITV region originally had its own version, there are now only four editions:
- England – All ITV and BBC regions in England & the Channel Islands
- Scotland – STV, ITV Border and BBC Scotland
- Wales – ITV Wales, S4C, BBC Wales
- Northern Ireland – UTV, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ and TV3