ITV 1964

Granada’s entry in the 1964 Independent Television Authority yearbook

Granada TV Network

The North (Mondays to Fridays)

The TV Centre

Granada TV Centre, Quay Street, Manchester 3.
Deansgate 7211

36 Golden Square, London W.1.
Regent 8080

Granada TV Network Limited is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in the North of England from Monday to Friday.


Directors: Sidney L. Bernstein*; Cecil G. Bernstein*; Denis Forman*; Victor Peers*; John Todd; Joseph Warton*; Peter Brook.
* Executive Directors.

Officers: Alex Anson (Sales and Advertising); Sir Gerald Barry (Education and the Arts); Patrick Crookshank (Overseas Sales); R. H. Hammans (Director of Engineering); William Nugent (Chief Engineer).

Programme Committee: The Executive Directors and Tim Hewat, Philip Mackie, Julian Amyes, Derek Granger. Secretary: Kenneth Brierley.

Art and Science: Granada has endowed a Television Research Fellowship at Leeds University, a Chair of Drama at Manchester University, a Chair of Communication at Keele University, an Annual Arts Fellowship at the University of York, and a Fellowship in Fine Art at the Manchester College of Art and Design. The Company has also made grants to repertory theatres in the North and to the drama schools in London.

The Granada Guildhall Lectures: Each year Granada, with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, arranges a series of three lectures on the subject of Communication in the Modern World, with international speakers lecturing in London’s Guildhall. Television versions of the lectures are transmitted.

Research: Granada has commissioned special audience research surveys – Granada Viewership Surveys (three editions) and What Children Watch.

Overseas: Granada has interests in television stations in Canada and Nigeria.

Programme Journal: TV Times publishes a separate edition for the North of England giving details of the available programmes.

Studios: the tv centre, manchester 3. Deansgate 7211. Granada’s five-acre site is an important feature of Manchester’s city development, on the City Centre ring road, near the new Courts of Justice and Government offices. In 1956, when Phase I of the TV Centre was completed, it was the first building in Britain originally designed for television. Today Phase V of the TV Centre development plan has been finished. There are six studios, floor-space totalling 23,860 sq. ft. Granada also has an audience studio at Chelsea, London.

Outside Broadcasts: Granada has 16 outside broadcast vehicles, including mobile Ampex videotape recording units.

Videotape Recordings: Granada has ten Ampex videotape machines at the TV Centre, in its mobile videotape recording vehicle and at its London studios.

Technical Developments: Granada was the first to use a standards conversion unit to ‘translate’ videotape recordings from European to United States line standards. In 1958 the Granada unit converted Eurovision pictures of the Coronation of Pope John to the American System, so that videotape recordings could be flown to New York for immediate transmission. Granada uses mobile videotape equipment for covering news events and recording inserts for programmes. All television facilities at the Manchester TV Centre have been planned, designed and commissioned solely by Granada Planning Engineers. The recently-completed Studio 12 is one of the most up-to-date television studios in the country. The vision mixer system, designed for the most complex operations, is controlled by one third of the buttons and switches normally needed. Half the vision is transistorized and incorporates equipment designed by Granada Design and Development. Granada studios have developed a unique system of lighting grids.

Programmes: Granada programmes include: News and News Magazines: Northern Newscast; Scene at 6.30, a daily news magazine; Late Scene. Talks, Discussions, Current Affairs: What the Papers Say; I Believe…; Appointment With…; election and political party conference coverage; World in Action, special reports from Granada units covering South Africa, India, Cuba, France and Britain; A Camera Goes to War; Unmarried Mothers; Tomorrow Couldn’t be Worse; The Troubles; All Our Yesterdays; The Loved Ones. Natural History: Breakthrough; Animal Parade; Another World; A to Zoo. Schools (for sixth forms, etc.): Discovery, Inquiry, Design; The Art of Music; Art in the Making; Patterns of Power; Word and Image; Afternoon Edition; The Railway Age. Plays and Drama Series: regular contributions to the Play of the Week and Television Playhouse series, including works of Jean Anouilh, Elizabeth Baker, Alexander Baron, Harold Brighouse, Friedrich Duerrenmatt, Clive Exton, Lillian Hellman, Stanley Houghton, Donald Howarth, Carson McCullers, Arthur Miller, Allan Monkhouse, Peter Nichols, J. B. Priestley, William Saroyan, Bernard Shaw, Thornton Wilder; Tolstoy’s War and Peace; de Maupassant dramatized short story series; The Victorians, plays by Victorian writers; Friday Night, new plays by new Northern writers; The Verdict is Yours; Coronation Street; For King and Country, a series of plays about the 1914-18 War; The Odd Man. Light Entertainment: West End; Bootsie and Snudge; Music: Recitals by Oistrakh, Rostropovich, the Borodin String Quartet; Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; Sarah Sings and Basie Swings.

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