PRINCESS ALEXANDRA will today see one of the world’s most up-to-date television studio complexes when she formally opens Birmingham’s ATV Centre.
On her arrival at A T V Centre at 12.20 p.m. today, Princess Alexandra will be received by Lord Renwick (ATV chairman). Lady Renwick, Sir Lew Grade (ATV Managing Director; and Lady Grade.
BRIAN VERTIGEN talks to the man who headed the team that designed the ATV Centre, architect RICHARD SEIFERT
Message from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham (Ald. Neville Bosworth)
Speed and flexibility were the essence of the building programme for the new ATV Centre.
ATV had been serving the Midlands since the start of Independent Television in this area in February 1956. Covering the licence periods from 1956 to 1968, ATV provided a service between Monday and Friday in the Midlands area and in London during the weekends.
For a man who started life as one of three brothers in a struggling Jewish refugee family in London’s East End and who claims never to have had any ambition, Sir Lew Grade has not done too badly.
A recent picture of the building which is in use but still under construction.
A MASSIVE capital outlay has gone into equipping the studios at ATV Centre for full colour operation. For colour is costly. Each of the 12 colour cameras used In the studios cost £17,500. A videotape machine (and ATV has six of them in Birmingham) costs around £60,000. In all, ATV has spent well over £2m […]
To attain maximum efficiency in servicing, some areas of the new ATV centre have been fitted with special floors by the Floating Floors Division of the Metal Castings Doehler Co, of Worcester.
Lunch Box, Emergency – Ward 10, Beat the Clock, The Power Game, Front Page Story, Birthday Honours.
Independent television came to the Midlands on February 17, 1956. It was launched by a massive gala ball at Birmingham Town Hall and speeches by civic heads and the then chairman of the ITA, Sir Kenneth Clark.
Have you ever wondered why the stillness of the studio from which a TV announcer talks is not broken by rumbles as the gang in the studio next door moves scenery, or as a pop group shouts away?
Crossroads, The Englebert Humperdinck Show, the Saint, Department “S” and more.
From the noble deeds of Robin Hood in the 1950s to the frenetic gyrations of Tom Jones in the 1970s, the story of ATV programmes has been one of success.
When the Golden Shot programme goes out from ATV on Sunday afternoons, the heat produced in Studio 1, from lights alone, is 230 kW.
The chairman of ATV, the director of programmes and the production controller.