Scottish Television

Central Scotland

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The final of a talent-finding contest

Scottish Television Limited is the public company which under agreement with the Independent Television Authority provides the programmes in Central Scotland during the whole week.


Theatre Royal, Hope Street, Glasgow C.2.
Wingate House, 93 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W.1.
REGent 6941
Spencer House, Digbeth, Birmingham 5.
Thomson House, Withy Grove, Manchester 4.

    ITA    Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter        Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                      Mc/s       Mc/s
Black Hill    10    199.7305  196.2395   31st Aug 1957      3,980      936

R Thompson (Chairman); JM Coltart (Deputy Chairman); Lord Balfour of Inchrye, PC; W Brown; JJ Hardy; CN McQueen; HNC Stevenson, OBE (Managing Director); IM Stewart; J Whitton.


RS Coltart (Administration Manager); H Henry (General Sales Manager); L Henry (Chief Accountant); D Kane (Technical Controller); G le Grove (Director of Programmes); JHB Munro (Secretary); TV Shields (Press and Publicity Manager); R McPherson (Head of Schools Broadcasts).


Total members of staff: 429. Administration 113, Accounts 26, Sales 51, Programme Department 96, Technical Facilities 110, Non-Technical Facilities 33.

Visits to Studios

An average of four hundred tickets are issued daily for the One O’Clock Gang Show, and to date well over a million visitors have been to see STV productions. Throughout the year audiences are also invited to see such programmes as Jigtime, At the Lucky Diamond, Studio Downbeat and Francie and Josie.

More than 1,500 new visitors are welcomed at the Theatre Royal every year when an average of seventy tours are arranged for members of organisations in Scotland to see over the Theatre Royal. Refreshments are served to visiting parties and an information pamphlet on the station’s activities is issued to each guest.


Enquiries about artistes and programmes should be addressed to the Director of Programmes, Scottish Television, Theatre Royal, Glasgow C.2.

Submission of Scripts

Material required. 30-60-minute plays in completed dialogue form, preferably contemporary and with some relevance, either of theme, setting or authorship, to Scotland. Adaptations from short stories or novels are rarely considered. Comedy sketch material for daily lunchtime shows may be submitted, although a local knowledge of the show and the cast is almost essential. Documentary ideas, particularly with a Scottish slant, considered, as are children’s items of the magazine type. No present demand for quiz games, panel shows, musicals, talks, short stories or poetry readings. All submissions should be addressed to the Script Editor.

Programme Journal

The Viewer publishes separate editions for the Newcastle and Central Scotland areas giving details of both local and network programmes. Editorial office for Scotland is Theatre Royal, Glasgow C.2.


THEATRE ROYAL, Hope Street, Glasgow. Total studio floor area 9,100 sq. ft.; Studio A 80′ × 50′ (4,000 sq. ft.), Studio B 38′ × 30′ (1,140 sq. ft.), Studio C 80′ × 45′ (3,600 sq. ft.), Studio D 12′ × 15′ (180 sq. ft.), Studio E 12′ × 15′ (180 sq. ft.). Control Rooms 1,500 sq. ft.; Technical Facilities Central Area approximately 4,000 sq. ft.; Workshop and Maintenance 2,500 sq. ft.; Rehearsal Area 1,200 sq. ft.; A three-camera mobile control room for outside broadcasts. Two videotape recorders.

Technical Developments

Scottish Television’s engineers have pioneered a revolutionary new new development for small television stations in underdeveloped territories – the one-man control centre. In this new design all the controls for operating a television service – video control, continuity, switching for sound and vision, cueing to announcer, operating tele-cine and changing slides – have been grouped to simplify co-ordination and assure smooth functioning, even in unskilled hands. Its designers claim any inexperienced person can operate it confidently after only a few days’ instruction. The first production models were installed at Nairobi, Gibraltar and Trinidad – three stations all opened within weeks of each other in 1962.


An Educational Advisory Committee serves both STV and Grampian Television. Delegates attend all meetings of A-R‘s Educational Advisory Council. The company is represented on the Study Group on teaching by television of the European Broadcasting Union. The education department maintains regular contact with schools and colleges and its members give talks to a wide variety of groups interested in education. At intervals, study groups of teachers are invited to the studios to confer on particular programme series.


Policy and planning meetings are held regularly with the company’s Religious Advisory Committee. Training courses for ministers are held from time to time at the Theatre Royal.


STV production include: News and News Magazines: Here and Now, Dateline-Scotland. Talks, Discussions and Documentaries: Sense and Nonsense, This Wonderful World. Cultural: Highland Air, Studio C, The Scottish National Orchestra. Religion: Seek the Truth, Church Services, Youth Discussions, Late Call. Children: Roundup. Schools: ten programmes each year covering a wide variety of subjects, eight of which go out on the network. Plays: contributions to the Thirty Minute Theatre productions. Light Entertainment: Studio Downbeat, The One O’Clock Gang, situation-comedy series. Sport: Scotsport. Features: national occasions including Burns’ Night, St. Andrew’s Day and Hogmanay. By-Elections. Outside Broadcasts: among those planned for 1963 are concerts by the Scottish National Orchestra. Experimental Programmes: a series of fifteen-minute programmes screened twice a week during early afternoon cover a variety of subjects, including the care and handling of pets. Adult Education Programmes: plans for this series include late-evening programmes in medical teaching, physics, mathematics and public administration.

Southern Television

Central Southern and South East-England

Southern Television focuses on R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth
Southern Television focuses on R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth

Southern Television Limited is a private company, whose shareholders are the Rank Organisation Limited (37½ per cent), Associated Newspapers Limited (37½ percent) and D.C. Thomson Limited (25 per cent). The company provides the Independent Television programmes for the Central-Southern area and the South-East area of England.


The Southern Television Centre, Northam, Southampton.
Glen House, Stag Place, Victoria, London S.W.1.
VICtoria 4404
Dover Studios, Russell Street, Dover
DOVER 2200/1

Area                  ITA      Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
                  Transmitter          Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                                          Mc/s       Mc/s
Central Southern  Chillerton Down 11    204.75     201.25    30th Aug 1958  }
                                                                            }   4,269      836
South-East        Dover           10    199.7135   196.1985  31st Jan 1960  }

John H Davis (Chairman); RA Redhead (Vice Chairman); CD Wilson, MC (Managing Director); The Rt Hon Lord Cornwallis of Linton, KBE, MC; GR Dowson; Donald Geddes; The Hon VHE Harmsworth; BG Henry (Sales Director); Sir Robert Perkins; R Rich (Controller of Programmes); BH Thomson. TD; DB Thomson; WH Thomson; Sir David Webster; K Winckles, MBE.


Berkeley Smith (Assistant Controller of Programmes); AF Jackman (Head of Programme Planning); LV Barnett (Publicity Manager); J Miell (General Sales Manager); GHY Grant, FCA (Secretary); RC Foord (Manager, Southampton); VG Hawkeswood (Chief Engineer).

Religious Advisers

The Venerable Michael Peck, Archdeacon of Portsmouth; The Reverend D Allen Smith, BSc; The Reverend Father G Dwyer.

Education Officer

FC Cross


Enquiries about artistes and programmes should be addressed to Viewers’ Correspondence, The Southern Television Centre, Northam, Southampton.

Programme Journal

TV Times publishes a Southern edition giving full details of the available programmes.

Educational Research

With the co-operation of Hampshire County Education Authority, Southern Television is sponsoring a three-year research programme in the use of closed-circuit television in schools, which started at the beginning of 1962. This controlled experiment is designed to investigate the further possibilities of employing closed-circuit television as an integral part of the normal work of a school and has been registered with the National Foundation for Educational Research as a project in educational research.

At the present time the experiment is confined to the Warblington County Secondary School at Havant but it is anticipated that it will eventually be extended to include another County Secondary School and possibly a Grammar School in the Havant area. The findings from this experiment will be announced from time to time.


THE SOUTHERN TELEVISION CENTRE, Northam, Southampton (Southampton 28582/9). Among the most up-to-date television centres in Britain, the three studios it houses are fully equipped and have a total working floor area of 3,830 sq. ft., comprising Studio A, 3,000 sq. ft.; Studio B, 660 sq. ft.; Studio C (News), 170 sq. ft. The total floor area for all technical facilities is 6,584 sq. ft. The technical areas associated directly with the three studios total 800 sq. ft. A separate building houses the outside broadcast vehicles, together with technical workshops and stores occupying 6,500 sq. ft. Master Control with its associated presentation studio covers 750 sq. ft. There are videotape recording facilities from two static Ampex VR 1,00 A machines and telecine facilities from four Cintel Flying Spot, multiplexed 35/16mm. machines, three with additional telejector facilities.

DOVER STUDIOS, Russell Street, Dover (Dover 2200/1). This studio of 1,125 sq. ft., with a control room of 457 sq. ft. and maintenance area of 225 sq. ft., is used for injecting items of direct interest to the South-East area into the existing programme structure.

Outside Broadcasts

Southern Television has a four-camera outside broadcast unit, comprising a mobile control room, tender, generator and mobile videotape recorder, together with three microwave-link vehicles.

Film Facilities

Two fully-equipped 16-mm. sound-film units, together with processing, editing and dubbing facilities.

Large-Screen Television

Southern Television has available equipment for cinema-screen-size projected television. This is available for hire by outside organisations. Enquiries should be made to the Chief Engineer.


The programmes originated by Southern Television place great emphasis upon regional activities and events and are designed to appeal specifically to the people of the region which the company serves. Regular productions include: News and Current Affairs: Central Southern News and South-East News; Day by Day; Regional weather forecast service. Discussions and Documentaries: Background; Farm in the South; Come Gardening; Out of Town; Soldiers of the Queen. Variety and Light Entertainment: Beat Your Neighbour; Home Grown; Their Kind of Music. Children: Full Marks; What Do I See?. Religion: The Living Word; regular contributions to the networked Sunday Morning Services. Drama: Thirty Minute Theatre. Outside Broadcasts: regular coverage of topical and sporting events for the region and the ITV network, including some of the above programmes which are staged in towns throughout the region.

Local News Coverage

Regional news bulletins are transmitted every week-night at 6.05p.m. Separate simultaneous bulletins are broadcast for the Central Southern area over the ITA transmitter at Chillerton Down (I.O.W.) and for the South-East area over the Church Hougham (Dover) transmitter.

More than 150 news correspondents and film cameramen, as well as sound film units based at the Southampton and Dover studios, supply the newsroom and Day by Day team with film and news stories daily from all parts of the region.

Every evening, following the regional news, a staff meteorological office presents the weather forecast for the region. He prepares his material in co-operation with the Air Ministry Meteorological Office.


South Wales and the West of England

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Bud Flanagan and company in TWW’s Bristol studio

TWW is the public company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the independent television service in South Wales and the West of England during the whole week


Pontcanna Studios, Cardiff.
TWW Television Centre, Bath Road, Bristol.
TWW House, 207 Sloane Street, London S.W.1.
BELgravia 7000

    ITA         Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter             Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                           Mc/s       Mc/s
St. Hilary        10     199.7305   196.2395  14th Jan 1958     3,287       796

The Rt Hon The Earl of Derby, MC (Chairman); Alfred Francis, OBE (Vice Chairman); Herbert Agar (USA); Sir William Carr; M Chapman-Walker, CBE, MVO; Sir Ifan Ab Owen Edwards; Dr Huw T Edwards; Sidney Gilliat; Jack Hylton; AG Jeans; Percy Jones, JP; TR Jones, FRSA; Lieut-Col HM Llewellyn, CBE, JP; Sir Alexander H Maxwell, KCMG; Eoin Mekie, CBE; Sir Grismond Philipps, CVO; John Baxter (Managing Director).


Bryan Michie (Programme Controller); Stanley Leach (Sales Controller); Walter Kemp (Technical Controller); Peter Bartholomew (Regional Controller); Wyn Roberts (Executive Producer); G Bailes (Secretary); TH McL Carpenter (Operations Manager); M McHatton (Chief Accountant).

Visits to Studios

Tickets available for audiences at certain shows.


VIEWERS: PR Office at Cardiff or Bristol. PROGRAMMES: Programme Controller at London office.

Submission of Scripts

The Script Editor, London office. Requirements similar to those general in industry.

Programme Journal

Television Weekly is published by Berrows Newspapers Limited at Hereford under licence from TWW.


TWW is associated with Television Network (Kenya) Limited and with Trans-Europe Television (Paris). Some TWW religious programmes have been exported overseas.


PONTCANNA STUDIOS, Cardiff. A purpose-built TV centre, set in Pontcanna Fields with studio working areas totalling 5,088 sq. ft. and an open-air studio. Studio 1: 80′ × 60′. Studio 2: 24′ × 12′. (Small continuity studio.) Associated with these studios are full technical facilities for major productions (five image orthicon cameras, two CPS). Extensive programme services include a completely self-supporting film unit complete with re-recording and viewing theatre and a scenic workshop. These studios pioneered a comprehensive, open-plan master control area.

TWW TELEVISION CENTRE, Bath Road, Bristol. A purpose-built TV centre with a total of 7,500 sq. ft. of studio floor area. Studio 1: 90′ × 65′. Studio 2: 20′ × 30′. A back-projection “tunnel” associated with the main studio can provide an extra floor area of 1,100 sq. ft. Full technical facilities for major productions (five image orthicon and 1 remote-control camera). Permanent circuit linking with Cardiff studios. Viewing theatre and some programme services.

Outside Broadcasts

One mobile unit, with four cameras, complete with videotape, power and micro-wave link equipment. Can record also on European and American line standards.

Videotape Recording

Three videotape recorders, one of which is mobile and multi-standard.

Technical Development

A lighting grid of original design installed in the Bristol studios has been used elsewhere. Two telecine channels can be converted for the transmission of colour films. An original telerecording system has been developed in Bristol, and there have been practical developments in standards conversion. A remote unit for processing, cutting and editing film and including telecine equipment has been assembled to operate with the Outside Broadcast Unit on locations distant from the studio. Videotape editing techniques have been developed and a paper on these techniques is in the course of preparation.


Regional productions totalled 489 hours during 1962. Land of Song is part networked every four weeks. Discs a Gogo is taken by six other regions. Regular weekly magazine features include: Here Today (each weekday), Sports Preview, In the News, Movie Magazine. News: TWW Reports and Newyddion y Dydd (each weekday). Documentary and Feature: Hyperion, The Long Day (Dartmoor), Wales and the West series (John Betjeman and Gwyn Thomas), Faces of Wales, Tribute to Dylan Thomas, Birth of a Giant, etc. Quiz: Try for Ten, Taro Deg. Audience Participation: Claim to fame, Pwy Fase’n Meddwl. Discussion: Challenge, Personal Scrapbook, Clash, Your Point of View, Mind Behind Murder. Drama: Thirty Minute Theatre. Light Entertainment: Looking for the Stars, Miss TWW, Songs at Seven. National Events: Bath Festival, Royal National Eisteddfod, Bath Tattoo, Urdd Eisteddfod, Bath and West Show. The Arts: Treasure Chest. Welsh Language: Trysorau Cymru, Amser Te, Hoffwn Wybod, Wrth eu Gaith, Twmpath Dawns, Trin t Tir and various filmed programmes. Special religious programmes are also produced for the TWW region with the assistance of a special panel of advisors.

Local News

TWW maintains a comprehensive news operation involving over 200 news sources and the use of ten camera teams. The daily bulletin is presented jointly from Cardiff and Bristol and a Welsh language bulletin is originated from Cardiff. Extensive use is made of film and the deadline for arrival of film at Cardiff studios is twenty minutes prior to transmission.


TWW has endowed the Cilcennin Memorial Fellowship in Drama at Bristol University and gives scholarships at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Grants are given to the Welsh National Opera Company and some repertory theatres. The company has a major interest in the West End theatre through the Donmar group of companies, which includes the Piccadilly Theatre.

Tyne Tees Television

North-East England

A Tyne Tees camera team at Bamburgh Castle
A Tyne Tees camera team at Bamburgh Castle

Tyne Tees Television is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in North-East England during the whole week.


The Television Centre, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1.
1 Great Cumberland Place, London W.1.
AMBassador 3464

    ITA         Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter             Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                           Mc/s       Mc/s
Burnhope           8     189.75675  186.27    15th Jan 1959     2,720       649

Sir Richard A Pease, Bart, DL, JP; CC Darling, MA; Colonel EG Angus, CBE, MC, TD, DL, JP; George Black; Alfred Black; Sydney Box; Laurence Cadbury; Prof EJR Eaglesham, MA, B.Ed, LL.B; EG Fairburn; DA Pease, ACA; The Rt Hon Viscount Ridley, CBE, DCL, DL, JP; Sir Harold G Howitt, GBE, DSO, MC, DCL, LL.D, JP; A Jelly (Managing Director).


Programme Directors: George and Alfred Black; Programme Controller: W Lyon Shaw; Sales Director: Peter S Paine, DFC; Chief Engineer: Dennis G Packham; Business Manager: JP Graham, FCIS; Company Secretary: GS Wood, MA, ACIS; Accountant: B Hanks, B.Com, ACA.

Religious Advisers

The Reverend Charles Smith, BA (C of E); The Reverend Father Thomas Towers, MA (Roman Catholic); and The Reverend WV Harper (Free Church).

Schools Liaison Officer

B Shallcross, BA.


Total number of staff is 450, including resident artistes and musicians.

Visits to Studios

Tickets in limited numbers are available for both lunchtime and evening shows. Applications to the Ticket Unit, Tyne Tees Television Ltd., City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. The minimum age is sixteen.


Enquiries, of whatever kind, should be addressed in the first instance to the Information Office at City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Programme Journal

The Viewer publishes full details of the available programmes.


Tyne Tees arranged a major educational conference in 1962 lasting a full day, and plans further conferences in 1963.


THE TELEVISION CENTRE, City Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1 (Newcastle 610181). There are three separate buildings linked by a corridor at first-floor level. Block A: Studios, studio facilities and production offices, technical areas and engineering department offices, medical services and restaurant. Studio 1, 4,500 sq. ft.; Studio 2, 2,500 sq. ft.; Studio 3, 900 sq. ft.; and Studio 4, a small presentation studio. Block B: Scenic Department comprising art studios, scenic workshops, scene storage and property store. Block C: Administration services, sales department, schools liaison, personnel office, news department, features department, press and public relations and publicity office, underground garage. The floor area of the Television Centre is approx. 100,000 sq. ft.

Technical Facilities

The production studios, nos. 1, 2, and 3, are equipped with a total of ten 4½-in. Image Orthicon Cameras, six of them being of the latest type using the “hands-off” control technique. The sound equipment in these studios consists of a 30-channel fully transistorized mixer, and two valve mixers of 16 and 14 channels.

The Outside Broadcast Unit uses six 4½-in. Image Orthicon Cameras mounted in the two Mobile Units, its vision link facilities being three 7,000 Mc/s 1 watt equipments.

The station’s Central Technical Facilities comprise the master control and presentation suite, soon to be replaced by a completely new installation, and a recently rebuilt telecine and videotape area. This is equipped with three videotape recorders, four vidicon telecines, unmarried 16-mm. sound facilities, and three vidicon caption scanners.

Outside Broadcasts

One mobile unit, with four cameras, complete with videotape, power and micro-wave link equipment. Can record also on European and American line standards.

Research and Sales

The Sales Department (Sales Director, Peter Paine) and the Research Department are in the London offices at 1 Great Cumberland Place, London W.1.


Tyne Tees productions include: Light Entertainment: The One O’Clock Show, four times a week; The Ivor Emmanuel Show, weekly series; Young at Heart, weekly series for teenagers; Happy-Go-Lucky, weekly series for the little ones. Music: Your Kind of Music, including orchestras, concert artistes and the ballet, monthly series. Instructional: Stories of the Ballet, 12-part series; Your Heritage, continuing series; Three Rivers, stories of Tyne, Tees, Wear. News: North East News, twice daily. General Features: North-East Roundabout, every evening Monday to Friday. Special Features: Spotlight on Coal, River Pollution, Delinquency, etc., and other topical subjects; Robens meets the Press, on the coal industry. Politics: North-East in Parliament, periodical feature; the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Leader of the Liberal Party have all broadcast from Tyne Tees studios. Religion: regular Sunday morning services from local churches of all principal denominations; epilogues every night – music or poetry readings by a member of the staff, or bedtime talks by a panel of local clergymen of all principal denominations; periodically, important senior churchmen are invited to make a special broadcast; and there are special religious features such as The Path to the Priesthood from Ushaw College and Nuptial High Mass. Outside Broadcasts: functions and occasions of special interest to North-East viewers, e.g. “Blaydon Races” Centenary, Durham Miners’ Gala, etc. – as well as the usual sporting activities.

Local News and Weather

The permanent news staff comprises the news editor, three reporters/interviewers, together with one secretary/script typist, and three copy takers. More than 100 free-lance and newspaper staff correspondents cover the area, filing copy daily. There are two staff camera units, one silent and one with sound, plus four free-lance silent/sound camera units. The Encyclopaedia Britannica Award, News Cameraman of the Year 1962, was awarded to staff cameraman Jim Hodkinson of The Tyne Tees News Department for his dramatic film of a Newcastle factory fire.

Ulster Television

Northern Ireland

Ulster Television's topical magazine "Newsview"
Ulster Television’s topical magazine “Newsview”

Ulster Television is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in Northern Ireland during the whole week.


Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast 7.
1 Hanover Square, London W.1.
HYDe Park 0426


    ITA         Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter             Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                           Mc/s       Mc/s
Black Mountain     9     194.74325  191.234   31st Oct 1959  }             188
                                                             }  1,363
Strabane           8     189.75675  186.27    18th Feb 1963  }             ---

The Rt Hon The Earl of Antrim, DL, JP (Chairman); WB MacQuitty (Deputy Chairman); (Alternate as director – Mrs Betty MacQuitty, BSc (Econ); RB Henderson, MA (Managing Director); The Rt Hon The Countess of Antrim; Miss Betty E Box, OBE (Alternate – CSG Falloon); HAC Catherwood, JP; Captain OWJ Henderson; JP Herdman; MR Hutcheson (Sales Director); GC Hutchinson; BS Johnston, ACA (Company Secretary); B McGuckian; Major GB Mackean, DL, JP; Mrs JA Mackie, OBE; JL MacQuitty, QC, MA, LL.B; Professor JL Montrose, LL.B, LL.D; EMR O’Driscoll.


Managing Director: RB Henderson, MA; Company Secretary: Barry S Johnston, ACA; Sales Manager, Northern Ireland: Basil W Lapworth; Programme Controller: Colin W Lecky-Thompson; Publicity Manager: S Gordon Duffield; Technical Controller: Frank A Brady. Sales Director: MR Hutcheson

Religious Advisory Panel

The Rev Canon ES Barber, MA; The Rev David Burke, BA; The Rev E Lindsay; The Rev Father HP Murphy, CC; RB Henderson, MA; CW Lecky-Thompson; AF Finigan, BSc, LGSM.

Educational Advisory Panel

JJ Campbell, MA; J King Carson, MBE, MA, Dip.Ed; FJG Cook, MA; Dr Michael Grant, CBE, MA, Litt.D, FSA; EG Quigley; Alderman Mrs Hilda F Wilson; RB Henderson, MA; CW Lecky-Thompson; SG Duffield (Executive in Charge of Administration of Schools Programmes).


Total members of staff 163. Production 68, Engineering 42, Administration 22, Sales 26 and Publicity 5. In addition, 16 are employed by TV Post, an Ulster Television subsidiary. Freelance artistes, cameramen and other staff are regularly employed.

Visits to Studios

A limited number of people can tour the studios at the invitation of the company. The public occasionally participates, as an audience, in Ulster Television productions.


Enquiries about Artistes and programmes should be addressed to the Publicity Department, Ulster Television, Havelock House, Ormeau Road, Belfast 7.

Submission of Scripts

Programme or feature ideas are welcome and should be addressed to the Programme Controller. There is a limited demand for short scripts. Ideas for news features should be addressed to the Head of News.

Programme Journal

TV Post is a subsidiary of Ulster Television. It is published by Ulster Television (Publications) Limited and printed by The News-Letter. It gives exclusive coverage in the area of all Ulster Television programmes.


HAVELOCK HOUSE, Ormeau Road, Belfast 7 (Belfast 28122), the headquarters of Ulster Television, contains two general production studios, the larger measuring 1,235 sq. ft.

Both studios, together with a smaller presentation studio, are equipped with up-to-date equipment and are served by a technical system of the most modern design. Other facilities include an Engineering Workshop, Administration and Rehearsal and Dressing Rooms, a News Film Unit and Restaurant.

Ulster Television is equipped with videotape recording equipment.

Technical Development

When Ulster Television came on the air it recruited a large proportion of its engineering staff locally in an area judged to be under-equipped in trained television personnel. Yet this staff, together with trained personnel, has not only proved extremely adaptable in television operation, but has modified much existing television equipment to small studio technique. Only last year (1962) the Engineering Department was responsible for the complete technical installation of the company’s new £100,000 studio. Training has been given to the staff of several small overseas television stations.

Research Projects

The company has published two major pieces of research on Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Market was prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit Limited and The Distribution of Consumer Goods in Northern Ireland by Industrial Market Research Limited.

In addition, the company commissioned the Gallup Organisation to analyse the effectiveness of its Midnight Oil adult education series.


Ulster Television productions include: Newsview, a Monday-to-Friday news magazine; Preview, a weekly entertainment review programme; Flashback, a weekly news review programme; With a Fiddle and a Flute, a musical programme; Nocturne, a light classical music programme; Midnight Oil, a “University of the Air”; Looking Back, a personal interview programme; Look Here, a current affairs programme; Teatime With Tommy, a musical request programme; End the Day, religious education; Full Time, sports coverage; Come On To…, a programme which features Ulster towns; and Farming Special, a weekly summary of farming news, views and prices.

News and Weather Coverage

Ulster Television gives a full coverage to news events in Northern Ireland. It has its own news team (which comes under a Head of News and News Features), a News Film Unit, and is widely represented throughout Northern Ireland by specially-appointed correspondents.

The main news programme is Newsview, which is transmitted each evening from Monday to Friday.

“Around the clock” coverage is provided by news bulletins and flashes on major news events.

Wales (West and North) – Teledu Cymru

West and North Wales

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The Production Control Room in WWN’s Studios

Wales (West and North) Television Limited is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in West and North Wales during the whole week.


Wales Television Centre, Western Avenue, Cardiff.
33 Cathedral Road, Cardiff.
1 Great Cumberland Place, London W.1.
AMBassador 7700


    ITA         Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter             Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                           Mc/s       Mc/s
Presely            8     189.75675  186.27    14th Sept 1962  }          }   74
Arfon             10     199.74725  196.2605  9th  Nov. 1962  }  1,043   }   
Moel-y-Parc       11     204.75675  201.27    28th Jan. 1963  }              --


B Hayden Williams, PHD (Chairman); Colonel Cennydd G Traherne, TD, MA, KStJ, JP (Vice Chairman); The Hon Islwyn Davies, JP; S Kenneth Davies, CBE; TI Ellis, MA; Gwynfor Evans, MA, LL.B; Lady Olwen E Carey Evans; Moses Griffith, MSc; Alderman Llewelyn Heycock, CBE, JP; Tom Jones, OBE, JP; Sir David Hughes Parry, QC, MA, LL.D, DCL; Thomas Parry, MA, DLitt, FBA; Emrys Roberts, MBE, MA, LL.B; Eric L Thomas, LL.B, JP; William Thomas, CB, MA, DSc, PhD; David Tudor, MBE, JP; Peter O Williams, CBE, FCA; Sir Thomas Parry-Williams, MA, DLitt, PhD, Hon LL.D; Colonel John Williams-Wynne, DSO, MA, JP.


Nathan Hughes (General Manager); Ernest Byrne (Executive Producer); Havard Gregory (Senior Producer); Mansel Pugh (Secretary); Daniel Rees (Chief Engineer); Harry Sivell (Public Relations); Philip Thomas (Sales Director); JR Williams (Head of News); Macdonald Martin (Head of Film); Michael Glynn (Production Executive); John Treharne (Head of Presentation).


Total members of staff 138.

Visits to Studios

Applications should be made in writing to the Public Relations Manager.


Enquiries about artistes and programmes should be addressed to the Public Relations Department.

Submission of Scripts

Programme subject matter and scripts in the Welsh language should be submitted to the Senior Producer; all other scripts to the Executive Producer.

Programme Journal

Two programme journals are published weekly, one in the English language (Wales TV) and one in the Welsh language (Teledu Cymru), by a subsidiary company, Wales (West and North) Publications Limited.


The main studio (Studio A) is 2,400 sq. ft. and there is provision for an identical studio (Studio B) to be built alongside. Studios A and B can be used separately or as one large studio. The total floor area of the first phase which has been built is 22,000 sq. ft. and adjoining Studios A and B is a property store and technical store of 4,800 sq. ft. The control rooms are located above the property store and overlook the studios. The Studios are equipped with image orthicon cameras, telecine machines, Ampex V.T.R. machines and a caption scanner. The master control switching equipment was specially designed for Wales (West and North) Television Limited.


Welsh and English language news bulletins; weekly English language sports programme, Welsh Sportlight; weekly Welsh language sports programme, Cip a’r Chwarae; a discussion programme, Impact, featuring controversial aspects of Welsh life and Welsh current affairs; Meet the Editor introduces the editors of local Welsh newspapers; Meet the Politician gives an insight into the lives and beliefs of prominent Welsh politicians; Heno I’r Plant, a Welsh language programme for children, featuring Welsh-speaking cartoon characters and an inter-school quiz; two weekly Welsh language magazine programmes, Golwg ar Gymru – one introduces interesting people and celebrates various anniversaries on alternate weeks and each week gives handy hints; the other explores various areas in Wales and subjects of particular Welsh interest. The Company has also produced a number of feature programmes on the Welsh Guards, Meet the Guards, Christmas Greetings from the Guards in Germany; and special programmes on Swansea and on Santa Claus. Each night Moment for Melody features well-known singers and gives amateur singers their opportunity. Popular network programmes are shown and certain schools programmes. In 1963 the Company is transmitting a monthly religious programme and introduces a new English programme on current Welsh affairs.

Local news

Wales (West and North) Television newsroom covers the whole of Wales and deals with all news items that have a specific impact on Wales as a nation. News and films and interviews are presented daily in both languages – Welsh and English. All members of the news staff are bilingual and copy is taken on the copy lines in whatever language the correspondent cares to send the news. The weather is also presented in Welsh and English.

Westward Television

South-West England

Westward Diary visits the open-air Minack Theatre
Westward Diary visits the open-air Minack Theatre

Westward Television is the company which under agreement with the Independent Television Authority provides the television programmes in South-West England during the whole week.


Derry’s Cross, Plymouth.
4-7 Woodstock Street, New Bond Street, London W.1.
HYDe Park 8262


    ITA         Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter             Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                           Mc/s       Mc/s
Stockland Hill    8     194.74325  191.234    29th April 1961  }
                                                               } 1,601      294
Caradon Hill     10     209.74325  206.23     29th April 1961  }


Peter Cadbury (Chairman and Joint Managing Director); WH Cheevers (Joint Managing Director (Plymouth)); Sir John Carew Pole, Bart, DSO, TD, VL, JP and Sir George Hayter Hames, CBE, MA, DL, JP (Joint Vice-Chairmen); RP Baker, FCA, FRSA; W Brimacombe, OBE; Lady Browning; H Michael Chapman; Dr JW Cook, FRS; The Countess of Eldon, OBE; WA Hawkins, OBE, JP, FCA; Frank Hoare, CBE; Baynham Honri, FRPS, Hon FBKS; GH Lidstone; Emile Littler; Stephen Mitchell; Sir Godwin Michelmore, KBE, CB, MC, TD, DL, JP; The Lord Netherthorpe; Col E Palmer; Geoffrey Phillips (Sales Controller); The Hon J St Aubyn, DSC; Sir Clifford Tozer, JP; The Viscount Vaughan, MA.


G Bloomer (Executive Controller); T Singleton (Head of Planning and Presentation); HK Lewenhak (Head of Production); RR Miller (Company Secretary); GG Affleck (Chief Accountant).


Total number of staff is 206. Of this number 160 are at the Plymouth studios and the remainder at London.

Visits to Studios

Visits are permitted on a regular basis; applications must be made in writing to the Executive Controller. Applications for show tickets and contestant vacancies must be made in the first instance to the Executive Controller.

Programme Journal

Look Westward publishes details of the programmes available in the area.


STUDIO 1. 2,500 sq. ft. incorporating the latest type of lighting grid. Mole-Richardson telescopes operate from above, allowing suspension of lamps at any point in the studio and leaving the floor completely free of any lighting equipment. Lighting is controlled by a Strand Console with facilities for preset lighting plots. The studio equipment consists of three Marconi Mk. IV I.O. cameras, Vinten Pedestals, and a tracking dolly; Marconi minor sound mixer with 11 inputs, disc and tape reproducers; and an 8-channel Vision Mixer with special effects, etc.

STUDIO 2. 400 sq. ft. approx. with ample facilities for news, sports and interview-type programmes. Two Marconi Mk. IV I.O. cameras, mobile 8 channel sound and vision mixer which can be easily de-rigged for O.B. use. Additional facilities which are available for general use from time to time include B.P. (Back Projection).

TECHNICAL AREA AND MASTER CONTROL. The Master Control Room is a highly versatile and efficient unit comprising a small presentation studio in which a Marconi Vidicon and Zoom lens is mounted, and a control desk and monitors. Also in Master Control is the mater clock which provides the accurate impulses to synchronise all the step-seconds clocks in the technical areas. The personnel required to operate the M.C.R. are usually one Presentation Engineer and a Logging Clerk. Special effects, inlay, mixes, front projection and children’s live linking using the animated and celebrated rabbit, Gus Honeybun, are all produced in M.C.R.

Adjoining M.C.R. is the telecine and videotape recording area in which two flying spot and two Vidicon telecine channels are mounted. Two R.C.A. V.T.R. machines and a Pye caption scanner complete the programme source equipment, but the main pulse, video and sound distribution and switching equipment is also mounted in racks adjoining the telecine machines.

At one end of the technical area is the large maintenance workshop which is well equipped with test instruments and a technical store.

ATHENAEUM THEATRE. Adjacent to the studio block is a privately-owned theatre, permanently wired for TV, with seating accommodation for 300. This can be used as a studio in conjunction with the Control Rooms and all the basic facilities of Studio 1.

Film Department

All film is handled in Plymouth and a comprehensive film department includes facilities for making up commercials and feature films, processing and editing local film material, and preview theatre and library.

Technical Developments

33 mm. telecine projectors are being modified locally to run silent films at 16 frames per second. In connection with videotape recording, a frame and line phasing unit is being built to allow the insertion of tape recorded items into studio production.


Westward takes the best of the network programmes, whilst those produced locally include Westward Diary,a topical magazine programme about the Westcountry which is transmitted three nights a week; News; Postscript, a news review of the week in the Westcountry; Conflict of Opinion, a weekly discussion programme; Westward Sports Desk, twice a week; Treasure Hunt, a weekly quiz; Home Town, inter-schools; Stars in the West, “pop review”; Faith for Life, a nightly religious talk.

News Coverage

Westward News covers an area stretching from the Isles of Scilly in the West through the whole of Cornwall and Devon to Weston-super-Mare in the north-east to Weymouth in the south-east. During a week 55 minutes of news bulletins are transmitted.

To cope with this output there is a permanent staff of four journalists in the News Department. Film, which occupies about half the bulletin, is shot by four freelance cine cameramen under contract to the Company and six other cameramen who do occasional work. The four main cameramen are based at Penzance, Lydford, Exeter and Taunton, thus being in line along the backbone of the region. The other six cameramen are based at Liskeard, Plymouth, Torquay, Chard, Weymouth and Bristol. News is provided by a total of 70 correspondents.

Independent Television News

The ITN news studio in Kingsway, W.C.2
The ITN news studio in Kingsway, W.C.2


ITN, Television House, Kingsway, London W.C.2.
HOLborn 7690


ITN is a non-profit-making company which provides daily programmes of national and international news to all stations throughout the Independent Television network. It also produces a number of other programmes for individual companies and operates a daily newsfilm agency service for overseas television stations.


ITN is a subsidiary of the six oldest programme companies, and is controlled by a Board of Directors nominated by those companies. The Chairmanship of the Board is held by representatives of the companies in turn. The Director-General of the ITA normally attends ITN Board meetings and the appointment of the Editor of ITN must be approved by the ITA. The costs of the ITN daily news service are divided among all independent television companies on the basis of the official ITA coverage for their area.


Alfred Francis, OBE (Chairman) (TWW); P Adorian, MIEE, MBrit, IRE, Captain Brownrigg, CBE, DSO, RN (Rtd), (Associated-Rediffusion); Norman Collins, E Roth (ATV); Victor Peers, Bernard Floud (Granada); Sir Philip Warter, Howard Thomas (ABC); James M Coltart (Scottish TV); Geoffrey Cox, CBE (Editor).


The Editor is Chief Executive. Other senior officers are: Denis Thomas (Deputy Editor); Ian Trethowan and L Thompson (Assistant Editors); W Hodgson (General Manager); MC Chapman, FCA, ACIS (Secretary); N Clark (Newsfilm Manager).


Daily news bulletins, news headlines, special events such as orbital flights or international crises; weekly foreign news programme Roving Report; annual Party Political conference reports; late night news analysis programme Dateline; and a weekly sports report, Sportscast.


ITN has its newsroom and editorial offices, a film processing plant, film cutting rooms, dubbing facilities, tele-recording apparatus, and studios on the seventh and eighth floors of Television House, Kingsway. The main studio is 39′ × 28′ and is equipped with four Marconi Mk. IV 4½” Image Orthicon cameras. It has three Pye 16/32 multiplexed telecine Staticon channels, capable of being interlocked to four Rank-Kalee 16- and 35-mm. magnetic/optical sound reproducers.

Sound recording and transfer facilities include two Rank-Kalee 16-mm. and one 33-mm. magnetic recorders, and a variety of tape and disc recorders.

ITN has its own newsfilm camera teams, and an extensive network of local film “stringers” throughout the British Isles and in all important overseas centres.

Newsfilm Service

ITN operates, in association with C.B.S. of America, one of the world’s leading newsfilm agencies. Daily shipments of newsfilm are made by ITN from London, and more than thirty overseas television stations subscribe to the ITN service. Many others, including more than seventy stations in the USA, also receive ITN film through the C.B.S. Newsfilm service.

Independent Television Companies Association

comp-itcaTelevision House, Kingsway, London W.C.2
CHAncery 9861

Chairman 1962/63: Howard Thomas; Secretary: Laurence G Parker, MA, LL.B; Information Officer: Hugh M Matthews; Advertising Copy Executive: Bryan Rook.


I.T.C.A. is the Trade Association of the Programme Companies which were appointed by the Independent Television Authority under the Television Act 1954, and all fifteen Companies so appointed are members. The Association is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and is financed by subscriptions from the member Companies.

Committee Structure

The affairs of the Association are governed by the Executive Council which, in practice, delegates all matters of a routine nature to the Finance and General Purposes Committee. The wide and growing interests of the Association are indicated by the following list of other Committees: (a) Advertising Committee, (b) Advertising Copy Committee, (c) Agency Recognition Committee, (d) Children’s Programme Committee, (e) Overseas Committee, (f) Public Relations Committee, (g) Research Committee, (h) Rights Committee, (i) Technical Committee.

Secretarial services are also provided for two further Committees of the Companies which are not, however, I.T.C.A. Committees. These are the Committee of Review of Grants to the Arts and Sciences and the Labour Relations Committee.

Scope and Functions

The Association is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation which does not take part in any form of trading – either on its own account or on behalf of its members. It provides a forum for discussion and a channel for joint action over a wide range of subjects of common interest and concern to the Programme Companies. These subjects include the maintenance of high general standards in the industry, consultation and advice on legal and technical matters, negotiations with royalty collecting bodies representing authors, composers and publishers, and relations with an representation on other organisations, both in this country and overseas; for example, the Association, jointly with the I.T.A., is a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union.

Any matters directly concerning the business dealings of individual Companies are, however, specifically excluded and the Association does not discuss or in any way deal with, for example, programme networking arrangements or advertisement rates. Nor does the Association as such deal directly with labour relations. There is a Labour Relations Committee, composed of representatives of the Companies and with its own full-time Labour Relations Adviser, which negotiates with the various Trade Unions representing staff, performers and writers but, while it is serviced secretarially by the Association, this is not an Association Committee and all Labour Agreements are concluded direct between the Trade Unions and the individual Companies themselves.

Advertisement Copy Control

One of the activities of I.T.C.A. which should be specially mentioned is the work of the Advertisement Copy Committee, whose responsibility it is to ensure that all television advertisements conform to the Independent Television Authority’s “Principles for Television Advertising” and to the other codes of standards and rules governing advertising generally. For this purpose, the Association operates, on behalf of all Programme Companies, a central “clearing house” to which advertisers submit scripts and completed advertisements for approval before they are transmitted. This is a major task, involving the careful scrutiny of some 6,000 advertisements a year.

Information Office

The most recent addition to the activities of I.T.C.A. is a central information office designed to be a source of quick and accurate factual information on Independent Television for the National and Provincial Press. It will also be used by the current Chairman of I.T.C.A. for the issue to the Press of authoritative statements concerning the industry.