Articles by Kif Bowden-Smith

A very singular region

Published 27 July 2017

Ulster Television starts the day one morning in 1978

Tonight’s Anglia… in 1976

Published 28 June 2017

A look at what was on Anglia on Monday 28 June 1976

Tonight’s Granada TV Network… in 1965

Published 19 April 2017

A look at what was on Granada on Easter Monday 19 April 1965

Tonight’s Rediffusion London… in 1967

Published 5 April 2017

A look at what was on Rediffusion on Wednesday 5 April 1967

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1963

Published 22 February 2017

A look at what was on Granada on Friday 22 February 1963

Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1968

Published 15 February 2017

A look at what was on the BBC on Thursday 15 February 1968

Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1966

Published 7 December 2016

A look at what was on Anglia Television on Wednesday 7 December 1966

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1965

Published 30 November 2016

A look at what was on Granada on Tuesday 30 November 1965

Dazzling

Published 8 March 2016

Harlech starts the day one evening in 1968

Why marches?

Published 8 March 2016

The musical habits of a lifetime

Favourite Channel

Published 22 December 2015

Channel Television starts the day in 1974… in black and white

Forward march

Published 30 November 2015

An unpopular war in the Middle East forces a change of identity for the biggest ITV company

Rockalong with Thames

Published 23 November 2015

Thames swings into colour

The bold and the beautiful

Published 9 November 2015

ATV Midlands starts the day with a rousing tune and a pretty slide

Star turn

Published 2 November 2015

The ultimate startup from the backbone of ITV

On Ilkla Moor Bah t’at

Published 26 October 2015

Combining ABC and Rediffusion the opposite way to Thames

Salute to ABC

Published 19 October 2015

Thames keeps up the traditions set by ABC Television

Sound and vision

Published 12 October 2015

ATV London starts the day with a rousing march from Eric Coates

Men of Harlech (ironically)

Published 5 October 2015

Teledu Cymru starts the day in 1965

A new forest romp

Published 28 September 2015

The last gasp of the old-style start-up from one of the last new IBA companies

Backbone

Published 22 September 2015

The physical networking arrangements of early ITV

Rising star

Published 22 September 2015

Associated-Rediffusion starts the day with pomp and circumstance

Testing, testing, 3, 5, 5

Published 17 September 2015

Swinging Radio England and Britain Radio – two ‘forgotten’ pop pirates.

From the very north

Published 14 September 2015

Start each day with the north-eastern Scotland contractor

Strike Service

Published 7 September 2015

What to do when the network goes down and you have to improvise

Sunshine and grit

Published 31 August 2015

From the North and showing it – Granada shows its roots

Interloper

Published 24 August 2015

The cuckoo in the nest re-invents the daily start up

Type specimen

Published 18 August 2015

In the Midlands and the North, the ultimate TV station starts the day

Join the dots

Published 30 July 2015

Wales (West & North) Television’s dotty life

Tonight’s Rediffusion London… in 1965

Published 28 July 2015

What was on Rediffusion on Wednesday 28 July 1965

Tonight’s Rediffusion London… in 1965

Published 27 July 2015

What was on Rediffusion on Tuesday 27 July 1965

Tonight’s ABC North… in 1963

Published 13 July 2015

What was on ABC North on Saturday 13 July 1963

Logotastic ’65

Published 29 June 2015

The fantastic cover of the 1965 ITA yearbook

Having faith in colour

Published 26 January 2015

Sydney Bernstein argues against going colour in 1969

Not open all hours

Published 19 January 2015

Why were broadcasting hours capped until the 1970s?

Tonight’s ABC North… in 1963

Published 21 December 2014

What was on ABC North on Saturday 21 December 1963

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1963

Published 20 December 2014

What was on Granada on Friday 20 December 1963

Giant leap

Published 26 August 2012

Kif Bowden-Smith remembers watching one of the greatest events in human history – live

Harry Carpenter

Published 22 March 2010

The news of the death of BBC commentating stalwart Harry Carpenter brought back a happy memory of meeting this delightful man at the Open Golf Championship when it came to…

Revolution at the BBC

Published 3 October 2007

The birth of Radios 1-4

All Systems Freeman – 3

Published 1 February 2007

1960s: At the top of his game.

All Systems Freeman – 1

Published 31 December 2006

More than a legendary broadcasting figure, Alan Freeman was a 1960s icon.

All Systems Freeman – 2

Published 31 December 2006

Kif Bowden-Smith continues his personal memoir of Alan Freeman.

False advertising from ITV

Published 4 October 2005

ITV50 Album Well, this is a conundrum and no mistake. Whether it’s a genuine mistake by the record company or the worst example yet of dumbing down for profit, I…

No Strings Attached

Published 3 September 2005

The magic of Supermarionettes

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