Tonight’s TV… in 1966 

23 June 2015

19660623 - Daily Mirror - tv and radio listingsTonight GRANADA 1966The Daily Mirror gives us a run down of the programmes for Thursday 23 June 1966. Things worth noting include:

  • The unwillingness to use either Granada or ATV’s names.
  • Schools seem to still be sitting in the Midlands but have risen in the North and Wales.
  • Wimbledon coverage on all three channels.
  • Listings for both Radio Caroline North and Radio Luxembourg.
  • Note how Caroline cuts to paid religious programming at 7.55pm, getting out of Luxembourg’s way for the start of their music programmes. The off-shore stations were usually keen to not compete with Luxembourg and you can see that in action here.
  • The amount of Welsh-language programmes in peaktime on Teledu Cymru.
  • The regionalised Home Service, with the Mirror noting where the Ulster service drifts away from the Northern service – people in the North West of England (where this edition is aimed) could chose between the two regions with very strong signals for both on mediumwave.
  • The Mirror’s – or more precisely Ken Eastaugh’s – dislike of that awful reactionary Mary Whitehouse shows through in his review of last night’s television.

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4 responses to this article

Arthur Nibble 23 June 2015 at 1:51 pm

Interesting to see that, as well as being partly networked (not shown in TWW / Teledu Cymru this evening), Anglia’s rural soap “Weavers Green” was also five minutes shorter in the ‘Northern’ area – unless the other regions had longer advert breaks?

Love the fact the Ulster area received Fat Stock Prices instead of the weather at 6.55 a.m. on the Home Service.

And a polite goodnight from Border at 11.47.

jazzy_andy 11 May 2017 at 2:55 pm

Re the reluctance to name Granada and ATV – in those days both regions had different contractors for weekdays and the weekends, so listing them as Northern and Midlands ITV made things simpler for the viewer/reader.

Surely the most notable thing here is that ITV was showing Wimbledon as well as the BBC! Who knew…

jazzy_andy 11 May 2017 at 2:56 pm

PS How do I change my emoticon to a smiley?

Paul Rusling 19 December 2018 at 9:25 am

The Mirror didnt like commercial radio or TV and used every opportunity to diminish it. Radio 270 and radio Scotland were in “full flow’ by then and receivebale across much of the North West. Look at any Daily Express or other papers’ listings to get a broader feel of the programmes available.

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