Come to an end 

26 July 2015

Here’s TWW’s last ever programme on their last ever evening, featuring Sir John Betjeman eulogising the defunct station. It’s got an introduction by yours truly recorded live here at Transdiffusion Action-Central this afternoon.

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4 responses to this article

Ray Oliver 28 July 2015 at 9:59 am

I must say I do think that TWW were very shabbily treated by the ITA. TWW were shotgun forced to pick up the pieces of Teledu Cymru. Remember, there was really only two television channels in Wales until the late 1960’s so whoever thought that showing Welsh language programmes in peak times, seven nights a week, should have been on the front end of a gun!

Arthur Nibble 29 July 2015 at 3:52 pm

Talking of instruments of suffering, gallows humour shown by the hangman’s noose behind the “TWW Presents” ident!

Jesse J. Tripp 24 February 2018 at 2:48 am

I agree with the people here: TWW, a.k.a. Television for Wales and the West was treated with utter disrespect by the ITA. The worst part of the sad ending of TWW was that they were about to begin work on colour programmes to air by 1968-69, but in my honest opinion, they should have given HTV their colour cameras to make it up to them. On the other hand, I think it would never have even been possible as Lord Derby was so upset about Harlech taking TWW’s place that he sold the last few months to them, resulting in them starting in May 1968, not July of 1968, hence the ITSWW.

With all of that insanity between TWW and the ITA, all of this, therefore, sounds like someday, it should be told as a docudrama film.

John Woods 27 May 2020 at 9:48 pm

There is the common belief that TWW threw a ‘hissy-fit’ at losing their contract because they rejected the offer insisted upon by the ITA as part of Harlech’s contract award that they be offered the opportunity to purchase a minority stake in Harlech. The irony was that TWW were advised by their merchant bank (there’s an old phrase) to decline the offer as it would not be a worthwhile investment. They also advised them to sell the balance of the existing contract along with the studios and plant as it was felt they could earn more without having to pay the running costs. The latter may have been sound financial advice but it gave the impression of ‘spitting their dummy out’.

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