HTV's 'S4C' commercial playout suite was used from Jan 1st 1993, for Westcountry's playout/pres
Didn’t know WestCountry had outsourced its Pres and Playout.
Yes, because TSW took the decision to the High Court they had less time to set up so reduced their plans to save time and money. One of these changes was to outsource playout to HTV Wales.
The announcer sat in a booth at Westcountry in Plympton, but the transmission controller and everything else was in Cardiff. I'm not sure where things like promotions were made - whether WCTV staff made them in Cardiff or Plymouth or HTV's team did them. I used to know one of their announcers, they had one shift 12-12 with the mornings announcements being recorded by the previous days announcer
Quite the switch from just commercials
Not really, as Cardiff had always done HTV Wales so doing Westcountry was the same thing, and of course a lot of the output was the same on both regions. That's one big cost saving from doing it that way - HTV already had the network programmes coming into them, and a lot of the commercials that WCTV would use, they already had all the circuits and technical infrastructure and staff. Adding one region to anothers playout was much cheaper than setting one up from scratch.
How they managed the change I don't know, presumably S4C's ads got moved out of their suite a while before launch so it could be re-equipped and rehearsals could take place. They wouldn't just have swapped it's role at midnight on new years
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 15 April 2019 7:27am
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