Following the sad news about Sir Christopher Chataway, we republish this 2005 interview with him remembering ITN's opening night
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Westward Television was the original ITV franchise holder for south-west England. The company, led by the colourful Peter Cadbury, operated from purpose built studios in Derry's Cross, Plymouth. Westward made popular regional programmes, had an excellent regional news magazine, won numerous awards and was highly visible and well loved throughout its region. Towards the end Westward upset the IBA, who in 1981 awarded its franchise to TSW. This caused Westward to run into financial and management difficulties; it was run for several months by TSW until TSW's official launch on 1 January 1982. Leading personalities included Kenneth McLeod, Roger Shaw, Clive Gunnell and Ian Stirling. Westward's programmes included Gus Honeybun's Magic Birthdays, Treasure Hunt and Walking Westward.
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