A partnership between Mills & Allen International, Selectv and Midlands franchise Central were the successful bidders for the South and South East of England franchise. Meridian weren't the highest bidders (£36.5 million compared to TVS £59.8 million), but the ITC decided to award them the franchise as TVS's business plan was unsatisfactory. Meridian were completely different to their predecessors, choosing to commission programmes rather than make them in house. Meridian split the region into 3 with each area having their own news programme. MAI took over Anglia in 1994 and were a major shareholder in the winning Channel 5 bid the following year. 1996 saw Meridian and Anglia merged with United Newspapers to form United News and Media (UNM). UNM sold its part ownership of Yorkshire and Tyne Tees to Granada, then took over HTV in 1997. Eventually 2 of the 3 franchises were snapped up by Granada, selling HTV to Carlton. In 2004, Meridian had sold the studios at Northam and moved to more smaller premises at Whiteley.