On 1st September 1961 (7 months behind schedule due to transmitter construction problems) Border TV went on air. The franchise served Cumbria and parts of Northumberland in England as well as covering Southern Scotland. The Isle of Man was added to the region on 26th March 1965. At one point in the early 1980's Border considered not reapplying for the franchise due to financial issues. Border will always be synonymous with the quiz Mr & Mrs and it's host, Border's Assistant Controller of Programmes Derek Batey. There was a fierce battle to acquire Border in March 2000, which was won by Capital Radio. Eventually Capital sold them to Granada later that same year. In 2009, ITV Border news programme was merged with ITV Tyne Tees and the Carlisle studio closed but within five years news services returned to the region. The Isle of Man was transferred to ITV Granada in 2009 though ITV Border still broadcast to the North of the island. However, in 2013, ITV Border returned with a reduced service, Lookaround is still broadcast from Gateshead, but ITV Border now have a small studio in North Carlisle used for news bulletins and editing.