Goodbye – to all our friends 

3 March 2024 tbs.pm/80713

 

A MESSAGE FROM LORD DERBY, CHAIRMAN OF TWW

To all TWW viewers…

 

THIS week’s Television Weekly gives details of the final programmes arranged for your entertainment by TWW. Next week our successors will be providing your services of Independent Television.

It is sad to have to say “goodbye” after more than ten years. We started Independent Television in the West of England and Wales, and have built up this service for more than three million viewers. Our licence was not renewed by the Independent Television Authority and therefore we must end our work and hand over to our successors. They will, I am sure, continue to entertain you in the best traditions of Independent Television.

TWW itself has been a remarkably happy company with a real ‘family’ feeling, which we hope has come over in our programme work. A great deal of original work has been done, and everyone in the Company at Cardiff, Bristol and in London have given of their best to this effort.

We hope you will particularly enjoy the programmes during our last weekend, and we thank you for all the support and interest which made us consistently the most popular television service in the region. We have a record we shall always be proud of.

 

 

Frank Brown, Public Relations Director, TWW:

 

Cover of Television Weekly

From Television Weekly for 24 February – 3 March 1968

EVER since TWW started, a very large number of us on the staff have been out and about working in the region in all sorts of places from Anglesey to Exeter, from Swindon to Haverfordwest.

Film crews and reporters have become well known; technicians with the outside broadcast unit have visited hosts of towns and villages to record shows in front of local audiences; staff and executives alike have frequently left their desks to talk about the problems of television with people on the spot, or to organise and arrange some aspect of the company’s work and future activities.

For ten years the warmth of reception which has been given to TWW has been most rewarding. Everywhere we have been, and I can speak on behalf of all my colleagues, we have been made welcome and made to feel that we were doing a worthwhile job for the West of England and Wales.

Thank you all very much for all you have given us: for all the helpful co-operation which has made such a pleasure of working for Independent Television in the TWW region.

A PLEASURE

Whether it has been the Bath Festival, or the National Eisteddfod, we have made very many friends and met hundreds upon hundreds of interesting and enjoyable men and women. Whether it has been a point-to-point which TWW has helped sponsor, or a church fete one of our announcers has been opening, the work has been a pleasure, and the remembrances worth cherishing.

TWW set out to be a local company, even though its personnel (specialists in this field of communications) were drawn from all over the place. Since we started there have been many homes made and families brought up in and around Cardiff and Bristol. There have been weekends and holidays made delightful by the discovery of new parts of this beautiful countryside and coast. There have been conversations over pints of beer or cups of tea which have enriched our experience.

AN EXPERIENCE

Now it is time for TWW to say goodbye: the large majority of personnel will continue to work for Independent Television in the area under a new management and a new banner. Some of us will be leaving

All of us have belonged to TWW and the spirit it attempted to foster. It has been an experience we shall never forget.

 

TWW listings for 3 March 1968

Television Weekly listings for Sunday 3 March 1968

 

 

From the Richard Wyn Jones collection in the Transdiffusion archives

 

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Jesse J. Tripp 9 March 2024 at 4:18 am

Although they were being such sore losers about this, it is a shame that they didn’t help with Harlech/HTV, but it is just as well. Still, they had been planning to begin work on colour programmes, having placed orders for colour television equipment, also being the first ITV company to do experimental colour television broadcasts. The first of these, symbolically called Colour One, was never recorded, (they didn’t have anything to record it to, neither a videotape recorder, or VTR of the time, or telerecorded it onto either 16mm or 35mm colour film) but still, it was a good experiment. Anyway, I read about it on the Internet.

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