struggling with the aftermath of the franchise changes in 1968,
coupled with an advertising downturn soon after and the costs of
'going colour' in studios, by the time the 1972 yearbook was
published, the ITV companies were beginning to get back on their
collective feet. Only London Weekend had more agony to go
through, mostly of its own making.
with a VHF coverage that stretched from London in the south to
beyond Hull in the north, and as far west as the suburbs of
Leeds and Sheffield, had had found its niche. Accordingly,
the boasting in the yearbook was about the Anglia Television
Natural History Unit, later Survival Anglia Limited and now
abolished by new owners Granada.
uses its pages to plug ATV Today, and to make a big point about
the new ATV Centre in central Birmingham, although Borehamwood
still gets mentioned and the company is still run from 17 Great
Cumberland Place in London W1.
gives up a third of one of its two pages to a photo of an
unnamed programme about Sir Walter Scott.
makes the most of its local programming (colour still not having
arrived due to the technical difficulties presented by the
region's location). Local news programmes are of most
makes much more of its light entertainment output than regions
of an equivalent size, though virtually all of it was only shown
locally, some pieces appearing on STV and Border.
boasts of its 'Granadaland programmes' in all fields, pointing
to varied local (or at least Manchester, Granada still willfully
ignoring the city next door) productions as well as the more
famous network offerings. The company also gives
endowments to universities in Sheffield, Leeds, York and
Lancaster - the first three showing the company's pre-1968
tries to be even between both halves, a feat that can only be
managed, in these pre-S4C days by giving only the briefest of
mentions to programming in Welsh.
Weekend now under the control of Aidan Crawley, John
Freeman, Lord Campbell of Eskan, David Astor and Cyril Bennett,
had not yet stopped the revolving door of board members,
management and staff that had bedeviled the company from the
beginning. They were also still cooped up in Rediffusion's
former studios in Wembley, awaiting the building of the South
as ever continued being STV, seeming not to care much for their
region whilst simultaneously failing to produce much that was of
interest to the network.
takes time to boast of its studio centre in Southampton, a
building it describes as being 'one of the most modern... in the
world", as well as a mention for the Southerner, ITV's only
marine outside broadcast unit. Most programme references
are to local productions rather than network offerings.
had the best of both worlds in the 1968 contracts - ABC staff
and management, Rediffusion's programmes. The arrival of
colour put Thames into another golden age, marked most noticeably
by the opening of the Euston Road studios, named 'Thames
Television House' that allowed ABC to leave Rediffusion's HQ at
Holborn and finally get away from the them-and-us attitudes of
the mixed employees.
Tees Television is not yet owned by Trident Television, but
that company already exists, to sell airtime for the two regions
it would one day reverse-takeover. Under the firm hand of
Business Manager and Company Secretary JP Graham, the Trident
experiment would save both TTT and YTV from the problems caused
by the large overlap of areas.
leaps in to plug its Sales and Research arm, based in London,
and the publications for advertisers on demographics in Northern
Ireland. Ulster had a tough job to do to get advertisers
interested in the region after the start of the Troubles caused
a huge economic downturn and cronic lack of inward investment
into the six counties.
has the most breathless and excited of all sections.
Despite their small size, the company seems determined to appear
as experimenters, youthful and go-getting in an otherwise quiet
area. Good on 'em!
is settling down into its role as one half of Granadaland.
It boasts about the first studio complex in the UK specially
designed for colour on Kirkstall Road in Leeds. Most
interesting is the distinct lack of Telefusion names on the
board. When the company first won the contract, it seemed
clear that Telefusion would own and dominate. But the ITA
had handed part of the new company to rivals Yorkshire
Independent Television, and by 1973 those people were on the
board and Telefusion had dropped though a trapdoor of ITV