From the former Vintage Broadcasting site, we are pleased to present this short article that provides film and examples of the earliest days of ITV.
ITV started broadcasting to the London area on the 22nd of September 1955. The first programme was an outside broadcast from London's Guildhall of a dinner to celebrate ITV's launch.
Prior to the start of regular programmes, a trailer had been shown to give viewers an idea of what the new service would be like.
Immediately before the outside broadcast, a 4-minute film was shown, featuring scenes of London and voiced and written by Cecil Lewis.
Both the trailer and the film are available below for you to download and enjoy. The trailer was voiced by Leslie Mitchell and in it he refers to Associated Broadcasting. This was the original name of Lew Grade's company. Unfortunately its initials, ABC, were also used by another company, so after a court case, the original ABC changed its name to ATV.
Click on the screen shots below to view them, in MPEG 1 format.
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ITV Pre-launch Trailer
ITV Opening Film
The First Commercial
News from ITN
For more on the opening of ITV, visit Television House.