Features

Can TV’s ‘lost weekend’ be brought to life?

The leading television critics from the broadsheet newspapers gather in July 1968 to discuss what ITV should look like on weekends when the contracts change

Back in time for TV: 1974

H E Cooper takes her time machine back to 1974 to find out what was on the telly…

What will ITV-2 be like?

ITV-2 is coming soon, says the Daily Telegraph in 1971. But what will it look like?

Why balance should be banned

In the aftermath of ‘Yesterday’s Men’ in 1971, Sean Day-Lewis argues we need more bias and less balance on the BBC

Shoestring splendours

In 1969 Ted Willis told the House of Lords it was time for ITV to consolidate. Did a trip to the Westward and Scottish studios change his mind?

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1966

Travel back to this day in 1966 to find out what’s on Granada

Haldane Duncan 1945-2018

Scottish television director Haldane Duncan has died aged 73. Read his autobiography we first published in 2006

A World Listened and Watched

How the four American networks – ABC, CBS, Mutual and NBC – covered the assassination of President Kennedy

Toddlers and the £750,000 Question

Lord Hill of Luton on ending the Toddlers’ Truce and handing £750,000 to ITV

BBC-2 transmitting stations

From the vaults: BBC-2 transmitters in service and planned in 1968

Commercials? You’ll love ’em!

From the vaults: Tyne Tees Television’s ‘The Viewer’ listings magazine explains television advertisements to a new audience in 1959

Monument to an Engineer’s Hobby

Westinghouse recalls the history of KDKA in 1939

It’s funny how careful an announcer must be

Meet David Geary, Anglia’s new newsreader in 1973

Waterfall watermark

How do you get watermarked paper for your new ITV company when you can’t afford watermarked paper?

They watch your viewing

The Independent Television Authority took on new powers in 1964. The TVTimes in February 1965 explains what these are and how the ITA is structured

Euston – a bird’s eye view

The new Thames Television studios are about to start rising on the Euston Road in February 1969

News at 9.00 – news at 10.00?

Barry Norman in The Times criticises News at Ten in 1971. Thames bites back immediately

ITV-2

A Transdiffusion exclusive: read the Independent Television Authority’s in-depth plans for ITV-2 in 1971

Track in on… Guy Bloomer …White Sea to Wembley

Peter Ling travels to Wembley to meet Guy Bloomer, deputy manager of the studios in 1959

Track in on… Vyvienne Moynihan …Who Manages to Laugh

Peter Ling goes to Room 518 on the fifth floor to visit the manager of the drama department Vyvienne Moynihan in 1959

Who does what in ITV?

The Independent Broadcasting Authority explains who does what in ITV in this booklet from 1973

Freddie Phillips

You know him from Trumpton and Camberwick Green. We know him from his 8 daily start-up pieces for BBC-1 (two on Sundays) in use 1964-7. Have a listen to them on our SoundCloud channel

Television starts the day

Listen to Television start the day each day on Transdiffusion’s free SoundCloud playlist

Quick march

On retransmission stations of the internet, this is the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System

Bringing you the latest news…

Something we just found from ITN, and it’s amazing

Locally great, globally useless

A decision has been made that makes Independent Local Radio less independent, less local and less good radio, says David Heathcote

Routine Sheet Database

A new resource from Transdiffusion… but what now?