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Articles about start-up music


Published 31 July 2023

LISTEN! Television starts the day with our playlist of almost 100 specially selected start-up tunes

Christopher Gunning 1944–2023

Published 26 March 2023

A brilliant composer, particularly of TV music, has died.

Moving mountains

Published 16 July 2018

HTV starts the day in 1973

Channel 62

Published 21 June 2018

CHANNEL TELEVISION AT 60 • Channel Television starts the day in 1962

Between the lines

Published 14 June 2018

Granada Television starts the day on the evening of its new 7-day contract

A very singular region

Published 27 July 2017

Ulster Television starts the day one morning in 1978


Published 8 March 2016

Harlech starts the day one evening in 1968

Why marches?

Published 8 March 2016

The musical habits of a lifetime

Favourite Channel

Published 22 December 2015

CHANNEL TELEVISION AT 60 • Channel Television starts the day in 1974… in black and white

Forward march

Published 30 November 2015

An unpopular war in the Middle East forces a change of identity for the biggest ITV company

Rockalong with Thames

Published 23 November 2015

Thames swings into colour

The bold and the beautiful

Published 9 November 2015

ATV Midlands starts the day with a rousing tune and a pretty slide

Star turn

Published 2 November 2015

The ultimate startup from the backbone of ITV

On Ilkla Moor Bah t’at

Published 26 October 2015

Combining ABC and Rediffusion the opposite way to Thames

Salute to ABC

Published 19 October 2015

Thames keeps up the traditions set by ABC Television

Sound and vision

Published 12 October 2015

ATV London starts the day with a rousing march from Eric Coates

A new forest romp

Published 28 September 2015

The last gasp of the old-style start-up from one of the last new IBA companies

Rising star

Published 22 September 2015

Associated-Rediffusion starts the day with pomp and circumstance

From the very north

Published 14 September 2015

Start each day with the north-eastern Scotland contractor

Strike Service

Published 7 September 2015

What to do when the network goes down and you have to improvise

Sunshine and grit

Published 31 August 2015

From the North and showing it – Granada shows its roots


Published 24 August 2015

The cuckoo in the nest re-invents the daily start up

Type specimen

Published 18 August 2015

In the Midlands and the North, the ultimate TV station starts the day

Tiptoe through the Startups – 4

Published 2 December 2006

Roddy Buxton plunges into the TBS archives one more time.

Tiptoe through the Startups – 3

Published 2 November 2006

Roddy Buxton continues his trawl through the Transdiffusion archives

Tiptoe through the Startups – 2

Published 1 October 2006

Roddy continues his journey through the Transdiffusion archives.

Tiptoe through the Startups – 1

Published 2 September 2006

Roddy Buxton looks into the TBS basement files

Starting The Day

Published 17 August 2005

The Tyne Tees way

Rediffusion’s Blithe Spirit

Published 1 June 2003

How Associated Rediffusion started the day in its first few months

Regional Flavours

Published 1 January 2003

Folk medleys defined many aspects of start-up music, says Richard Elen

Undercover A-R

Published 1 January 2003

The early days of start-ups on Associated Rediffusion

The quest for Arne

Published 1 January 2002

Richard Elen has been searching for 35 years for one tune

The grammar of television

Published 1 January 2002

How presentation – and daily start-ups – provided the full stops and commas of TV

A Post Office genre

Published 1 January 2002

Bureaucracy, slow and deliberate, creates a new art form

Radio with pictures

Published 1 January 2002

Constant and unchanging – an environment where branding was king

A Widespread World

Published 1 September 2001

Gavin Sutherland reconstructs the most famous ITV start-up

Good afternoon, Britain

Published 1 September 2001

Kif Bowden-Smith starts the day with ITV

Sweet lavender

Published 1 September 2001

Gavin Sutherland on the composer of the Thames ident

Forgotten genius

Published 1 September 2001

Gavin Sutherland on the composer of Three Rivers Fantasy


Published 1 September 2001

Gavin Sutherland shows us how he recreates lost works

Arthur Wilkinson

Published 3 January 2001

Music maestro

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