To conclude my thoughts on this thread: for me, what's happening this weekend and from tomorrow beyond is yes, the end of an era - but not just for Julian Simmons, but the many men and women who have worked as announcers, transmission controllers, channel directors and in other transmission support roles at Havelock House since 1959. They deserve as much a tribute for what they've achieved as one person, as without them all, UTV wouldn't have made it to air.
They certainly do.
This is a deep thought…
With the hindsight that UTV was such a minor player in the ITV network, then consider the situation if a decision had been made in 1959 that Northern Ireland will not have its own ITV company but instead the ITV service will be provided by the London weekday and weekend ITV companies with separate local news and a few opt outs for local interest programmes.
Instead of UTV we could have had idents for: Rediffusion Ulster, Thames and Lagan TV, Londonderry Weekend Television, and Carlton NI.
Any ideas how different things would have been on screen in Northern Ireland over the decades?