The ITA awarded North of Scotland Television Limited the franchise to broadcast to North Scotland and the Highlands and Islands in 1960. However, there was a condition, the winner had to invite members of the losing bids on to the board. It took until 11th January 1961 for the board to decide that North of Scotland TV was a bit of a mouthful so they chose Grampian Television and transmission began on Saturday 30th September 1961 with a welcome from the ITA chairman Sir Ivonne Kirkpatrick followed by racing from Catterick. Grampian contributed to the ITV network, including the schools programme Living and Growing, kids show James the Cat and the first three National Television Awards. Grampian were bought by Scottish Television in June 1997 and became STV North in 2006.