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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
So with Meridian presumably using the same playout facilities as TVS, would there have been a picture roll at midnight?

As macro regional playout (North, East, South) was all from Southampton the only real change would have been the handover to the new Teletext franchise holder who inserted the VBI data at the transmitter site. I recall all the TX site engineering was done long before the Oracle franchise handover.


There was just a tiny glitch at midnight on the TVS to Meridian handover. I took a look at my recording at work using an HV delayable monitor. The glitch seemed to be the Teletext Ltd data bridge being switched into circuit

TVS had had north region playout anyway for about 4 years, so there was no change at all really. The new Newbury studio was fed to Southamption as a remote pres source,
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bluecortina
Clearly TVS sold their studios to Meridian, does anyone know what happened on switchover night? Did the same playout director who closed TVS open up Meridian? (Albeit TUPED to the new company) or was their quick changeover in the hotseat/ or did it come from a new Transmission suite?


Nobody was Tuped across. Meridian advertised their staff positions in the months leading up to their taking over and staff were offered positions with Meridian or not. Meridian was going to be a smaller overall operation than TVS so there were not so many new staff positions available.

Many staff left TVS one moment (on paper) taking a redundancy payment and joined Meridian the next moment with the identical job. Some left TVS staff jobs for identical jobs at Meridian but on contract. It was the same operational staff over the changeover ‘moment’ in presentation using the same kit in the same control rooms.
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Steve Williams
Frost was only on for a few months a year, even before losing the franchise, so that wasn't unusual.


Frost on Sunday would usually run for about nine months of the year, from September to June, with a similar replacement in between runs which towards the end was presented by Maya Even. As far as I can remember, Frost carried on until June 1992 as usual, then wasn't replaced by anything similar in the summer and they showed non-stop cartoons, and then Maya Even returned in September, but for just an hour rather than the ninety minutes it used to be. Then, as you say, Frost came back for one last show on TV-am's last Sunday.

As Morning Glory points out, when they lost their franchise they said they'd be doing far less news and all the highbrow and PSB stuff they'd been doing to impress the ITC immedately went for a burton. And the ratings went up.
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JKDerry UTV Newsline
TV-am wanted to make as much money as possible in their final year of broadcasting, so their MD Bruce Gyngell planned a vast cutback in their work, focusing as much of their content around sofa interviews.

The first casualty was TV-am News which closed down in early 1992, and Sky News was contracted to provide the news on TV-am from 1st February 1992, a symbolic date of course. Sky News was apparently paid £500,000 by TV-am for this short contract.

Problem for TV-am was there was a general election due that spring of 1992, so they had to put a little bit more effort into the election campaign coverage, however their election morning coverage was summed up by Rory Bremner in his 1992 end of year special on Channel 4 when he said "BBC brought is the final results, Channel 4 analysed the changes and TV-am showed us repeats of Dastardly and Muttley".
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Inspector Sands

Frost carried on until June 1992 as usual, then wasn't replaced by anything similar in the summer and they showed non-stop cartoons, and then Maya Even returned in September

With the brilliantly named 'Even On Sunday'
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Clearly TVS sold their studios to Meridian, does anyone know what happened on switchover night? Did the same playout director who closed TVS open up Meridian? (Albeit TUPED to the new company) or was their quick changeover in the hotseat/ or did it come from a new Transmission suite?


Nobody was Tuped across. Meridian advertised their staff positions in the months leading up to their taking over and staff were offered positions with Meridian or not. Meridian was going to be a smaller overall operation than TVS so there were not so many new staff positions available.

Many staff left TVS one moment (on paper) taking a redundancy payment and joined Meridian the next moment with the identical job. Some left TVS staff jobs for identical jobs at Meridian but on contract. It was the same operational staff over the changeover ‘moment’ in presentation using the same kit in the same control rooms.


In Fern Britton's autobiography she says in TVS' dying days, Meridian were in charge "in all but name".
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Clearly TVS sold their studios to Meridian, does anyone know what happened on switchover night? Did the same playout director who closed TVS open up Meridian? (Albeit TUPED to the new company) or was their quick changeover in the hotseat/ or did it come from a new Transmission suite?


Nobody was Tuped across. Meridian advertised their staff positions in the months leading up to their taking over and staff were offered positions with Meridian or not. Meridian was going to be a smaller overall operation than TVS so there were not so many new staff positions available.

Many staff left TVS one moment (on paper) taking a redundancy payment and joined Meridian the next moment with the identical job. Some left TVS staff jobs for identical jobs at Meridian but on contract. It was the same operational staff over the changeover ‘moment’ in presentation using the same kit in the same control rooms.


In Fern Britton's autobiography she says in TVS' dying days, Meridian were in charge "in all but name".


Was Clive Jones still with TVS at that point ?
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
He left to join LNN at some point in 1992.
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
He left to join LNN at some point in 1992.


Oh yes, he would have done. In fact LNN launched with a lot of ex TVS Newsroom staff. Wiki says Fern Briton was also with LNN Jan to April 1993, which I don't recall ?
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Philheybrookbay West Country (West) Spotlight
From memories of 1991/1992, the on street visuals from TSW didnt change a great deal and given that TSW were fighting through the courts to overturn the award to Westcountry I think it's fair to say it was business as normal. Once the courts finally awarded to Westcountry in Spring 1992, TSW did start to wind down and redundancies started apace, as my friend who'd done 25 years with Westward and TSW took the money and ran a pub for many years on the back of it.
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timbouk
He left to join LNN at some point in 1992.


Oh yes, he would have done. In fact LNN launched with a lot of ex TVS Newsroom staff. Wiki says Fern Briton was also with LNN Jan to April 1993, which I don't recall ?


Didn’t she leave TVS towards the end but return for the final days ? Have a feeling Fern was a entertainment reporter/presenter for a few months with LNN then I think she went to GMTV for a bit and then fell pregnant ?
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bluecortina
He left to join LNN at some point in 1992.


Oh yes, he would have done. In fact LNN launched with a lot of ex TVS Newsroom staff. Wiki says Fern Briton was also with LNN Jan to April 1993, which I don't recall ?


Clive started to turn up in mid 1992 with Fern turning up a few months later. I think Clive was still heavily involved in running down TVS and certainly tried his hardest to ensure TVS staff were treated as well as possible. I think Fern started off as the LNN show biz reporter, or something similar. There were a lot, and I mean ‘a lot’ of ex-TVS staff at LNN, nothing wrong with that of course.

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