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(April 2004)

NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
Zoltan posted:
The team at what's left at HTV are bloody good for what they do.

And where, exactly, do you fit into this team, then, Mr Zoltan?
TV
TVDragon
Well for reasons of interest only to myself I needed to be out tonight so I had to tape this programme, hence the poor quality of caps.

Highlights of which I do now present to you with Andrew-esque commentary, where appropriate.

If you don't have broadband go and buy it already -- I live in a forest next to a pig farm and I can get it.

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1955-59 Granada from the north
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1959 TWW from Pontcanna
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TWW is the only British tv company to win an oscar you know
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TWW's last night [on which they over-ran and we never saw the end]
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Eric and Ernie
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1968-1983 HTV from Pontcanna
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1982 Got rid of the foreign stuff [though they still make it]
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Compulsory Wiggy with a train
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Wiggy in a canoe [I've not even included Wiggy with a seventies medallion training at Cardiff City]
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Go away
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1983 HTV from Culverhouse Cross [v dated opening night]
HTV were making 20 hours of regional programmes per week at this point, plus network contributions
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Nice
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How cool would this be one morning
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Not really bad for a middle of the table region, some valuable network contributions and a strong regional track record, but it all seems so long ago really.
EQ
Equidem
Aww! Thanks for posting those pics TVD!

I'm quite fond of the old HTV - long before the likes of Owen-Cohen & that dodgy announcer bloke we have now.

I remember the days with Wiggy & Dilwyn at the desk and Alan Rustard doing news (just!).

Bring back the old HTV or why not create a new channel just for Wales! ITV Wales is the biggest pile of old crap ever - which is a shame, because HTV in it's heyday was superb. I wish I was old enough to have taken proper notice of it when it was on. Rolling Eyes
EQ
Equidem
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I think you'll find that ITV Wales has NO money to spend.
Over the last few years HTV now ITV Wales, had been bought and re-sold to at least three different companies before the final merger of ITV.
Each time a bit more of their assets being stripped away.
The team at what's left at HTV are bloody good for what they do.


I know that some of the current Media Centre buildings over at Culverhouse are now rented out to other media companies, but surely it would make sense for ITV Wales to move to a smaller HQ, perhaps in the bay?
JE
Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
TVDragon posted:


How cool would this be one morning
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Thanks for those caps TVDragon. I agree, it would be great to see Wiggy back reading the early morning headlines. Smile
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
Equidem posted:
surely it would make sense for ITV Wales to move to a smaller HQ, perhaps in the bay?

If the operation gets much smaller, you could rent them out your front room!
TV
TVDragon
Hmmm so are there five regional programmes in a row tonight on HTV then

2300 Wales This Week
2335 Soccer Night
0005 Never To Be Forgotten
0030 Stories From The Street
0100 Going To Work Naked

How odd -- mind you I think that last progamme is timeshifted from network.

Will this mean local continuity at 1am I am pondering [or will it be that awful LOUD GIRL from London]?

Wouldn't people rather watch the film?

9 days later

JE
Jez Founding member Wales Wales Today
Well with the news that Westcountry MIGHT be getting a new set on Monday, it surely cant be much longer until HTV Wales get a new set and we finally get rid of that desk!

Carole Green presented the bulletins today on ITV Wales.
MR
mrwilliams
I was speaking to a friend of mine (ITV WALES TRAINEE ASSISTANT CO-ORDINATOR *********) he said that talks are in place for the construction of the new studio and should be ready by the ITV revamp.
They looking at revamping the studio fully with modern facilities e.g new cameras 16:9 Hitachi and lighting. Totally different look to the long floor studio and moving the set to the other half of their current studio which will give them more scope to add various new set props. They are also going to be changing the titles to coincide with the new ITV logos. November - December.
These ideas are still in talks, I'll keep you updated.
Thanks.

Got rid of name, forgot sorry.
DA
Dan Founding member
Post removed - no longer relevant.
TV
TVDragon
Well I think it's madness if they attempt a poor man's Welsh copy of the national one.

It seems to have taken nearly two years to do what the BBC did in nine months and it's still not finished by the time it's changed again.

Mind you HTV's studio is looking a bit tatty now -- still seems ok for the way they like to do things [including a desk].

New name might be nice though, and I insist Glyn/Jonathan/Sarah are still made to feel at home.

37 days later

DA
Dan Founding member
Did you know that ITV Wales News is being renamed Wales Tonight on Monday?

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