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Grampian TV

Studio and Vehicles

Photo

1.

Grampian TV Control Unit

Grampian TV Control Unit

  Reproduced with acknowledgement Science Museum, Royal Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, England
with acknowledgement also to William Brown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland for providing a copy of this photo.

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to William Brown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Photo

2.

Grampian's TV Studio, Calton Road

Grampian TV Vehicles on Mugs

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to William Brown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

 

Recollections

1.

William Brown

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Thank you to William Brown for sending me several photos of:

-  the Grampian TV Control Unit - Photo 1 above

-  other Grampian TV vehicles

-  an NTV Colour TV Control Unit - based at Colinton

-  Grampian TV premises in Edinburgh

William wrote:

Grampian TV
Control Unit

Photo 1

above

"This Control Unit vehicle was used until 1969.  It was an 1800 sq ft studio. I believe that it was controlled by an outside broadcast Control Room, SUU483, which incidentally also covered the Opening of the Tay Bridge in August 1966 by the Queen Mother.

The Control Room had three Camera channels and was owned by Grampian until Colour arrived in September 1971. *

The van was parked, of course, outside the Grampian Studio complex in Calton Road when it was in Edinburgh. *

 The building has changed a great deal, but the van still exists.  It is now in the Science Museum reserve collection, near Swindon!"

William Brown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland:  6 July (4 emails) + 14 July 2015 (4 more emails)

 *  Please also see 'Corrections' in Recollections 3 below.

 

Recollections

2.

William Brown

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Thank you to William Brown for writing again and sending Photo 2 above.

William wrote

Grampian TV
Calton Road Studio

Photo 2

above

"Here is a photo of the Grampian TV Studio in Calton Road, Edinburgh.  It has now become a Nightclub."

William Brown, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland:  30 July 2015

 

Recollections

3.

Kevin Bree

Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland

Thank you to Kevin Bree who wrote after reading William Brown's comments in Recollections 1 and 2 above.

Kevin wrote:

Grampian TV
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."


Background
TV Transmitters

"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 STV. 

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. 

They 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."

Correction

"William Brown is not correct in his Recollections 1 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 in:

-  London Weekend Television's Wembley Studio,

-  Grampian TV, Aberdeen and

-  (for 27 years) in Scottish Television where I was Outside Broadcast Manager until 2000.

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."

 Kevin Bree, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland:  18+19 May 2018

 

Recollections

4.

Kevin Bree

Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland

Thank you to Kevin Bree for sending me the photograph below.  Kevin tells me that Grampian TV ceased to exist when STV took over the region.

Grampian Television  -  Edinburgh Crew  -  1969

Grampian Television Edinburgh Crew, 1969

Grampian Television Staff Photographer (name not known)  -  with acknowledgement to Kevin Bree for sending this photo to me.

 Kevin Bree, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland:  19+20 May 2018 

 

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   Grampian Television Edinburgh Crew, 1969

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

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