TV since 1981

1999

Open launches world's first interactive TV service in the UK
ntl launches digital cable TV
BSkyB hits 1m digital subscribers & shows first interactive football match
KIT launched in Kingston upon Hull (including VOD service)
January
Caroline McDevitt succeeds John Fox as Chief Executive of BARB
Scottish and Grampian BARB panels merge to form Scotland panel
March
Final transmission of ITV's News at Ten, after 32 years, reinstated in 2000
June
BARB issues specification for new contract to run from 2002
August
BARB increases its underwriters from BBC and ITV to include the IPA, Channel 4, Channel 5 and BSkyB
September
ntl digital cable scheduled to be launched
October
Telewest digital cable launched
November
BARB commences measurement of digital satellite including interactivity