Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Echoing Wasteland That Was Regional TV

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Echoing Wasteland That Was Regional TV

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THE BBC employees who refuse to countenance darkest Salford deserve everything that your columnist Denise Robertson can throw at them (The Journal, April 5).

Even pounds 45,000 removal packages can't tempt them away from the fleshpots.

I began working in television at Border TV in 1967 when it made light entertainment, quiz and political discussion programmes, as well as documentaries and a lot of locally originated news material.

OK, it had a certain bucolic charm, but it was a genuine centre of occasionally excellent TV and was much loved by some of its audience and some of its employees.

It also trained many journalists, technicians and producers who went out into the wider industry to make prominent names for themselves.

Today, Border's site is an empty wasteground. Carlisle is a smaller place on the map thanks to its passing.

Cardiff's Culverhouse Cross, base of HTV, is huge and largely empty. Anglia TV in Norwich is no more.

The City Road Studios of Tyne Tees that produced the innovative Tube is being redeveloped as something or other. …

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