The ITV franchise for the Channel Islands was awarded in 1960 and didn't go on air until 1st September 1962. Channel received their ITV programmes from a microwave relay station on Alderney which was initially from Westward (then TSW from 1982) until 1986, when they decided to move their feed to TVS (Meridian from 1993). Channel were the last franchise to go colour in 1976. Channel remained on air while the rest of the ITV network went on strike, the unions agreed that industrial action would bankrupt the station. ITV used Channel to handle phone voting which created controversy when there was a series of high profile errors. In 2017, Channel had transferred ownership to ITV plc.