Articles by Kif Bowden-Smith

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

Day in the life

Published 3 September 2005

Thames’s first day on air

Indepth on ABC Weekend Television

Published 24 May 2004

The three section triangle

Colour my life

Published 24 May 2004

Watching BBC-1 change to 625 colour

Indepth on Rediffusion London

Published 24 May 2004

The adastral star

Indepth on Yorkshire Television

Published 24 May 2004

The Chevron

The fools return to the hill

Published 18 March 2004

The politics behind television’s post-war return

Transdiffusion Network – Update

Published 3 January 2004

A new year and it’s straight into our latest update! In this edition of Transdiffusion News: Radio One revolutions, did you get the Pure Evoke II for Christmas? London News…

The Adastral

Published 1 January 2004

Symbol of Rediffusion

I read the news today, oh boy…

Published 28 September 2003

The sorry saga of ITV’s journey downmarket continues. Like an alcoholic always going to have “one last drink”, the executives at the Network Centre want to have the kudos of…

Moguls eye up ITV

Published 27 September 2003

The BBC’s Nick Higham on selling off ITV – again The question no one is asking (not even Nick Higham here) is: would ITV as it stands now be worth…

Tellytubby television

Published 18 May 2003

Because you’re all stupider now

Pay Per View

Published 26 April 2003

The loss of a public funded BBC would be a tragedy, says Kif Bowden-Smith

Before 24/7

Published 1 February 2003

Because once you could measure television in minutes

Not only at bedtime

Published 1 February 2003

Television with gaps – morning, noon and afternoon

A dissenter

Published 1 February 2003

One company had to be different in everything it did

Goodnight from TWW

Published 1 February 2003

…to two countries


Published 1 February 2003

Branding with malice aforethought

The Fools On The Hill Return

Published 1 January 2002

Kif Bowden-Smith on the politics behind the return of TV in 1946

The grammar of television

Published 1 January 2002

How presentation – and daily start-ups – provided the full stops and commas of TV

Betraying The Viewer

Published 1 January 2002

Kif Bowden-Smith thinks the ITC isn’t working

A Post Office genre

Published 1 January 2002

Bureaucracy, slow and deliberate, creates a new art form

Radio with pictures

Published 1 January 2002

Constant and unchanging – an environment where branding was king

Good afternoon, Britain

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith starts the day with ITV

Brainwashes whiter

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith is driven slowly mad by musical jingles

Affairs of State

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith on the state funeral of Churchill

625 Comes North

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith on the opening of bbc-2

Getting it right

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith watches Rediffusion add respectability to ITV.

Your station of the stars 1

Published 15 August 2001

The world’s greatest radio station

Dropping anchor

Published 15 August 2001

Starting out changing the broadcasting world

Offshore infrastructure

Published 15 August 2001

The challenge of broadcasting from the sea

Your Station of the Stars 2

Published 15 August 2001

From the Grand Duchy to your living room

Indepth on Granada TV Network

Published 1 July 2001

The Inverted Dipole

Camelot Falls

Published 1 February 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith on the death of JFK

Golden Age

Published 11 January 2001

ABC in context

A Balanced Weekend

Published 11 January 2001

Something for everybody

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