If somebody had blurted out "West", would Les have given them "HTV West"?!
Did the contestant genuinely have some notion of TVS but couldn't quite remember the exact name, or were they literally just saying a compass direction on a "wild stab in the dark" basis, I wonder?
The pedantry of e.g. Pointless is *exactly* the standard of accuracy that any kind of quiz should have, otherwise it is wholly inadequate.
Were what the initials of TVS stood for in common usage back then, or was it basically just TVS to 99% of people, like HTV.
If they’d have said West, he would have said “West? You mean Westward, which is now known as TSW. TSW our survey said...”
The on-screen identity was originally just TVS, from 1982-1987.
They then added "Television South" to the idents from 1987-1989 (below the TVS logo).
It then became "TVS Television" from 1989-1992.
So it was known on-screen as "Television South" at one point, but only for a short period.
It won the franchise as TV South, and that's what the S stands for, so accepting South is no different to accepting London Weekend. They no doubt would have accepted Harlech also, had HTV been an answer.
Would have been more controversial to deny South in my opinion.
There's no excuse for accepting York TV though.