History Of Midlands TV News

A new DVD from the Lincoln-based Media Archive for Central England charts the history of local news in the Midlands. ITV Central takes a look back through time at Midlands TV news from the very beginning.

Midlands news archivist wins award

A DVD that showcases regional news from the Midlands, has won 'Best Use of Footage in a Home Entertainment Release.'

From Headlines to 'Tight-Lines' - The Story of ATV Today documentary won at the FOCAL Awards on Friday night.

The DVD, produced by MACE (Media Archive for Central England), tells the story of Central News' predecessor from 1964 to 1981.

I think winning this international award is wonderful news for the Midlands and regional news in general given this DVD is a celebration of regional programming.

We're all delighted at MACE that the DVD has won.

I’d also like to thank ITV for being so supportive in allowing MACE to use the ITV footage which is preserved at MACE in this DVD.

– Emma Morley, Mace Archive (Media Archive for Central England)

Part three: The history of Midlands TV News

We've been having great fun this week looking back at what our predecessors got up to, much of which is contained in a double DVD complied by the Media Archive for Central England, based in Lincoln.

Tonight Andy Bevan concludes his three-part look at the contents of those discs, with some of the folks from 'ATV Today' who always made us smile.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.

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Part two: The history of Midlands TV News

by Andy Bevan

According to the TV Licensing people 13,000 viewers in the UK still watching on a black and white set, they say they are issuing as many non-colour licences today as they did when television first started, back in 1946.

Of course there was a time when all programmes were in black and white and a new DVD from the Lincoln-based Media Archive for Central England charts the history of local news in the Midlands. In the second of his three reports, Andy Bevan picks up the story in the late 1960s.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.

Part one: The history of Midlands TV News

by Andy Bevan

They say no news is good news, but before 1956 the Midlands had no news at all, at least, not on televsion. Then, fledgling broadcaster ATV changed everything and started us on the road to where we are today.

That story is being re-told by the Media Archive for Central England, based in Lincoln. They have complied a double DVD called 'From Headlines to Tight Lines' and in the first of three reports, Andy Bevan journeys back to the days of black and white.

To find out more about the DVD see the Media Archive for Central England website.