Calton Road Studio
"I was interested to see the
photographs and comments about Grampian TV Studio and Vehicles because
I worked there at the time as a Technical Assistant in Sound,
Cameras and Vision."
"When the ITA (now the IBA) decided to build the Craigkelly
transmitting station in Fife in order to extend ITV's coverage in
Central Scotland, they did not initially allocate the transmitter to
Grampian Television believed that they should
could extend their region down the East coast and to this end
converted the old 'Lady Haig's Poppy Factory' into a TV studio.
did this with the intention of putting pressure on the IBA by
increasing awareness of Grampian TV and its programmes through local
origination which included studio audiences and many studio visits.
In the end, the "experiment" failed because the Craigkelly
transmitter was allocated to STV and Grampian closed the studio
shortly afterwards in 1969."
Mobile Control Room
"The Mobile Control Room (MCR) or Scanner
had been taken to Aberdeen to be refitted with new cameras (mono, not
colour) shortly before the closure. In fact, the announcement of the
closure was made in the same week as the truck was delivered back
with its new gear."
"William Brown is not correct in his
above when he says that 'The Control Room
had three Camera channels and was owned by Grampian
until Colour arrived in September 1971'
and that 'the van was
parked outside the Grampian
Studio complex in Calton Road when it was in Edinburgh.
In fact, the Calton Studio in Calton Road operated from 1966 to 1969. It was
run from an Outside Broadcast truck parked inside a large garage
adjacent to the studio floor.
The OB truck could drive out and do
occasional OBs. The truck had three Image Orthican cameras and had
been bought from ATV, the ITV company based in the Midlands, at that
time (superseded by Yorkshire TV etc).
In the vehicle was the Operations Log from ATV and I remember
reading about an incident with a Lighting Electrician having an
accident during a programme called "Blackpool Night Out". This was a
very popular series in the early days of ITV.
My Other TV Work
"Following my days in Calton Studio, I worked
- London Weekend
Television's Wembley Studio,
- Grampian TV, Aberdeen and
- (for 27 years)
in Scottish Television where I was Outside Broadcast Manager until
STV's first Edinburgh Studio was in Melville Street in a
terrace house. I know that because I also worked there for some
time. You couldn't walk in the studio when it was on air because the
cameras bobbed about on the wobbly floor."
Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland:
18+19 May 2018