Our History


Channel Islands Communications (Television) Limited was named programme contractors for the Channel Islands. Chairman – Senator George Troy. Founder members include: Harold Fielding, Arthur Harrison, managing editor of the Jersey Evening Post, Gervaise Peek, managing director of the Guernsey Evening Press, Senator Wilfred Krichefski, Mr Bertram Bartlett, Mr C. Forbes Cockell, Sir Reginald Biddle, Mr W. N. Rumboll, Mr I. McCormick, and Advocate K. Hooper Valpy.


Britain’s Television Act was extended to the Channel Islands. Mr K. A. KilIip was appointed General Manager, Mr Michael Parkin, Sales Controller, the trading name of Channel Television was registered and a site on the corner of Val Plaisant and Rouge Bouillon in St Helier was acquired. The only trouble was that the States of Alderney rejected the proposal to erect the necessary 100ft high television mast. However, in September they changed their minds.


Thousands of TV aerials were flown in to the islands to cope with the demand. In March the mast at Fremont Point was complete, and on September 1, Channel Television was on air! The first programme on our screens was The Adventures of Robin Hood. In October Channel’s first admag, Gilding The Lily, was transmitted live from the studios with £100,000 worth of jewellery. Just after a month of being on air, original Chairman Mr George Troy sadly passed away on 3rd October. Among the local programmes broadcast were Island Farmer, Meet Channel and Studio Wednesday. National programmes included University Challenge, 77 Sunset Strip, Emergency Ward 10, and The Saint.


This year saw the debut of the station’s biggest star, Oscar Grosnez Corbiere Claude Puffin, and the start of Britain’s first ever adult education programmes. President Kennedy’s funeral was seen as it happened on British television via the Early Bird satellite. Channel Television devoted five programmes to the visit of the Queen Mother and also produced Studio Tuesday, Studio Friday, The Church In View, Island Farmer, Serenade, Island Forum and the documentary The Lonely Man. Chelsea At Nine, Bootsie and Snudge, Crane, The Plane Makers and World in Action were among the network programmes.


The Lonely Man commended at the International Television Festival at Berlin. During the festival, Channel’s George Marshman and Brian Le Feuvre were arrested by East German police. The police disapproved of them filming ‘military objects’. They were released. Brian Le Feuvre became Head of News and Features. Among his productions that year – Channel Newsweek and Sports Roundup. Channel Television stayed on air whilst the network succumbed to a technicians’ strike. Among the national programmes transmitted were Tempo, Five O’Clock Club, No Hiding Place, Stars and Garters. Candid Camera, Ready Steady Go, On the Braden Beat.


Karen Cornish became the first Miss Channel Television, then Miss ITV, and then Hughie Green’s ‘Hostess with the Mostest’. With enormous prescience, viewers in the Channel Islands vote as Channel Television’s Sports Personality of the Year, 18 year-old Colin Campbell (later to run in the Olympic Games). Runner up was 16 year-old Denise Le Pennec (later to swim the Channel). Cigarette advertising was banned and the financial blow almost crippled the company as Channel viewers watched Redcap, The Power Game, Public Eye, Criss Cross Quiz, Take Your Pick, and The Human Jungle. Local productions included Preview, Now! Look! Hear!, Take It Easy, Go-Catting, Gourmet, and Island Farmer.


A proposal that television cameras be allowed in the House of Commons was defeated by one vote whilst in the islands John Rothwell and Roger Bowns joined Channel. Double Your Money was presented from Moscow. We dropped British election programmes and showed The Cruel Sea instead. The programmes we transmitted were: National:- Frost Programme, Weavers Green, Orlando, The Worker, Man From Uncle, Cinema, Thunderbirds, Mrs Thursday. Local:- About Ourselves, Frankly Speaking, Gardening Forum, Midweek, Les Petits Chanteurs.


Channel Television liaised with Crossroads to tell seasonal workers not to come to the Channel Islands before May. News At Ten began. Guernsey offices moved to Market Square. In Coronation Street Elsie Tanner married Steve Tanner. Lottery draws took place live from the Jersey Studios. Local productions included:- Bob Brookes, France Panorama, People and Places and on the network:- The Golden Shot, Take Your Pick, At Last The 1948 Show, Callan, Mr Rose, The Prisoner.


Channel networked a local programme – a religious documentary. Another local programme of that year was Mainly Live. Four new TV stations took to the air:- Yorkshire TV, London Weekend, Thames TV, and Harlech TV. Russian tanks invaded Czechoslovakia. TV cameras showed them to the world. Associated British Picture Corporation sold its 51% shareholding back into local hands. Channel Television carried on broadcasting despite a technicians’ dispute and on Channel a series of five live commercials produced 500 serious enquiries in the first three days. National programmes included: All Our Yesterdays, Virgin of the Secret Service, Nearest and Dearest and Father Dear Father.


15-hour programme on ITV celebrated man landing on the moon. ITV went colour with the exception of Channel. The death occured of Ron Blundell, Sales Controller. A link with Westward Television was planned. Twenty six episodes of Gourmet sold to Swiss TV . Other local programmes included Lookaround, Police File, Channel Report, whilst from the network we could see Special Branch, Curry and Chips, The Pursuers, Dad’s Army, The Dustbinmen, On the Buses, Hadleigh. John Rothwell became Head of News and Features and Betty Henwood an announcer.


Network produced The Bitter Years, a 45 min docudrama on the 25th anniversary of the Liberation. Other Channel productions included: ~ What’s on Where presented by Dereck Carter, The Jersey Knockout Quiz, Report At Seven. The link with Westward Television started as well as Sir Robert Frazer, Director General of the IBA and primary architect of the ITV system, retired.


Senator Wilfred Krichefski surrendered as Channel Television’s Chairman. The cast of Crossroads visited Jersey, greeted by masses of followers at the flight terminal. Nationwide programmes consisted of Budgie, Hine, Upstairs Downstairs, The Comedians, A Man Called Ironside, Overseas Press Club.


Our manufacturing Hush, Hush, Whisper Who Dares was offered network showing and also IBA outlawed exclusive detectives from advertising on tv. Network started lunchtime publications as well as also produced the Knockout Quiz, The Lotteries, Report At Seven.


Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips obtained wed as well as offered tv interviews two days prior to the occasion. National programmes – World At War, Shabby Tiger, Beryl’s Lot, The Russell Harty Show, Sam. An additional impact to Channel Television’s financial resources.


Network’s personnel were cautioned of feasible staff cuts. The House of Commons was again disallowed to TV video cameras – by 25 ballots this time. In your area we saw Report at Six, Speak Out, and also Link Up amongst others; across the country, My Old Man, Thick as Thieves, Father Brown, Rising Damp, Moody and Pegg.


Figures exposed that in actual terms the cost of tv advertising had actually decreased by 24% during the preceding 10 years! And amongst nationwide programs were Johnny Go Home, Celebrity Squares, The Sweeney, The Naked Civil Servant, and Space 1999. Girl Plowden was currently Chairman of the IBA.


In July, Lady Plowden paid an official check out to inaugurate a complete colour television service to the Channel Islands – the last part of the IBA Network to convert to colour. Concorde entered normal solution and also colour came to the Channel Islands where visitors watched.


Royal prince Charles made his television launching on all channels. Channel began a late news bulletin amongst various other programs, Mainly Live, Police File, and the Lunchtime News. Over all -Channel Television’s neighborhood programmes went colour.


Now Channel Television had brand name brand-new colour electronic cameras in the workshops, exactly what to do with the old ones? Morecambe as well as Wise returned to ITV as well as while we waited for their very first show we saw Edward as well as Mrs Simpson, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, An Audience with Jasper Carrott, 3-2-1, Hazel, Rumpole of the Bailey, Enemy At The Door,


Threat UXB, Flambards, Minder, The Mallens, Agony, The Racing Game, Dick Barton, Tales of the Unexpected were amongst the programs we viewed other than when nationwide tv technicians went on strike. They stayed out for eleven weeks yet Channel remained on air despite fog delaying the arrival of important coulds of movie. Channel went over to ENG – Electronic News Gathering tools – and said goodbye to movie. We were the initial European tv station to convert to the new technology. The IBA opened its 500th transmitter- in Yorkshire. National Oracle relocated to a 7 days a week solution as well as the British government stated that Channel 4 would be presented under the control of the IBA. At public meetings in Jersey as well as Guernsey held by the IBA, Channel Television won plaudits from the target markets.


Michael Le Cocq was selected Head of Sales at Channel. The opportunity of a nationwide breakfast time service was introduced and there were no competing applications for the Channel Islands’ franchise business. Locally we generated Puffin’s Pla( i) ce, Good News, Visages de France, A Chance to Meet …, Talk Back, Ladies First, One Man’s Music, Questions Sans Frontieres and Music for Advent.


The Chairman of the IBA was now Lord Thomson of Monifieth. Network Four started to take form and Jeremy Isaacs was designated Chief Executive. Pop Gospel, Search for A Star, Looks Familiar, The Other ‘Art, Nobody’s Perfect were programme offerings from the network whilst in your area we brought Brown Study, All That Jazz, Encore, Les Trois Cloches, Liberation, Jack Duff as well as Friends, as well as Music For Christmas to Channel Islands displays.


Channel Television broadcast commercials promoting the launch of BBC local radio. Lord Thomson went to the Channel Islands. Among our neighborhood programs we saw The Duke’s Map, A Taste of Hong Kong, and The Battle of Jersey whilst the network provided us with Brideshead Revisited, Airline, The Sweeney; Sapphire as well as Steel, Cowboys, Only When I Laugh.


Network’s twenty initial anniversary. The death occurred of Channel Television’s Operations Manager, Brian Turner, that had been with Channel Television because its opening. Network’s first totally networked docudrama– Too Good A Chance To Miss.


Channel Television started negotiations with TVS. Network’s share funding was increased to one million pounds. Our programme From Cow To Counter won a silver medal at New York’s International Film as well as Television Festival.


There were a number of firsts by Channel:- our initial pop video clip, our first Highway program, the first regional ITV business to have a digital newsroom. The Channel Islands are the most up-market region in Britain, said a TVS survey; yet we understood it all the moment, really did not we? Our neighborhood productions kept coming: Report Youth, The Islands, Occupation Nestegg, One Week in May.


A Channel team went to the Falklands for Highway. The staff won the Harry Secombe Spirit of Highway Award for best manufacturing. Making Pye was marketed to Channel 4. Channel sent out Brian Le Lion’s tape of Jambo worldwide. Neighborhood programs included The Christmas Tree Men, Jambo – The Gentle Giant, The Sark Water Carnival. Innovative Channel was formed and entered into immediate manufacturing. And after that unexpectedly … 1987

John Henwood selected Managing Director as well as Michael Lucas Programme Controller. We also saw The Jimmy Young Programme, Kate and also Allie, Brookside and Bulman.


Network Television in Jersey moves from its very first house in Rouge Bouillon to brand-new studios at La Pouquelaye. Bergerac star John Nettles assisted Gordon de Ste Croix as well as Peter Rouse existing Channel Television’s areas of the programme. Guernsey’s Bailiff Sir Charles Frossard headed the Channel Television Telethon Trustees– their work was to disperse the loan increased.


H.M. The Queen and also Prince Philip go to the Channel Islands. Network Television co-produce with ITN the story of the check out. The Queen in the Channel Islands is networked across ITV. The final series of The Dodo Club based at Jersey Zoo is broadcast on Children’s ITV. Likewise networked, featuring Sir Harry Secombe, is Channel Television’s edition of Highway from the island of Malta.


The Independent Television Commission (ITC) the brand-new regulator of Independent Television verify the Channel Islands will remain a separate permit location when brand-new licences are granted with effect from 1 January 1993. A consortium goinged by Senators Dick Shenton as well as John Rothwell, previous Head of News and Features, that had stated themselves contenders for the Channel Islands’ Channel 3 permit take out. They criticize Jersey’s Zero Job development policy and also increased competition from satellite broadcasters for their choice.


CI3 a consortium including a number of former Channel Television workers proposals against Channel Television for the brand-new 1993 licence claiming Channel doesn’t provide the islands with the solution they deserve. CI3 massively outbid Channel Television (₤ 102,000 per year to Channel’s ₤ 1,000 per year) however Channel win – CI3 don’t pass the high quality limit. Elderly cameraman Kevin Banner is recognised by the Guild of TV Cameramen with the Certificate of Merit – offered in a special event in Cardiff Castle.


On each celebration the Channel Television region raised more each head of population compared to any kind of other ITV region with the whole of Great Britain. Network Television becomes the initial Channel Islands’ company to win a National Training Award– for multi-skilling its technical team.


Channel Television begins a new ten year permit as well as is evaluated by the regulatory authority to demonstrate “a strong efficiency” with a regional service which was of “high top quality total”. For the first time, Channel Television produces very early morning information publications right into GMTV’s service every weekday as well as headlines each night at 7pm.


Network Television’s docudrama Murder in the Family is played throughout the entire of ITV in the distinguished Network First slot and brings in more than 5.6 million customers. Murder in the Family traced the real life story of Nicholas and Elizabeth Newall who went away from their St. Brelade home in Jersey in 1987. Seven years later their son Roderick begged guilty to killing his moms and dads as well as his brother Mark to helping and advocating him after the occasion. Murder in the Family attained the second highest score for a Network First documentary.
1995. Network Television gives greater than 4.5 hrs of additional programming associating with the celebrations (consisting of the browse through of the Prince of Wales) surrounding the 50th. anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands from German Occupation. In December Channel Television marks the 50th. anniversary of the return home of islanders to Alderney. On the fatality of the creator of Jersey Zoo Gerald Durrell, both ITV Network as well as Channel 4 played Channel Television setting to celebrate the achievements of Durrell’s life.


A major coup for Channel Television, the business is appointed to create its first dramatization collection Island a six part “soap” for Childrens ITV. Filmed on location in Jersey during the Summer, with a top writing team, well attracted characters, quality performing and also high production worths, the series was a success, bring in as much as 2.5 million viewers each episode. A 2nd series was commissioned and produced in


Network Report, Channel Late News as well as one-off documentaries are all subtitled in a contract which provides for a standard of at the very least 2 and a fifty percent hrs of subtitled regional programmes every week. Network Television goes through a total restructuring, Michael Lucas is selected managing supervisor. Paul had actually worked for Channel Television in a selection of essential positions both infront and also behind video camera for 27 years.


Chairman of Channel Television Major John Riley dies. Network Television transmits its initial local dramatization from an independent company. The Darkening, a one hour program set throughout the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, is generated by Ascension Films a team of young Guernsey movie makers.


Channel Television advertises the Channel News Hours in between 6 as well as 7 p.m. each weekday. As ITV move their national information to 6.30 p.m. the Channel News Hour contains national, worldwide as well as local information. Viewers like it and target market share skyrockets Channel Television marks completion of the Millennium with Century Snapshots– 100 programmes, every one min long, recording events which occurred in the Channel Islands on each year of the century. Much of the video from exclusive collections and archives was seen for the very first time on television.


Network Television is offered for the first time in its 37 year background. The brand-new purchasers are led by Huw Davies, previous Group Director of Television at HTV and also David Jenkins former Finance Director of the HTV Group. Suzanne Diggle receives an election as Editor of the Year in the annual Royal Television Society South West local awards.


The Independent Television Commission restore Channel Television’s licence for a more 10 years under comparable economic terms to the 1993 licence– a yearly permit fee of just over ₤ 1,000. Alone amongst ITV licensees, Channel Television is the only station not tired on its marketing income. Network Television is bought by the Yattendon Investment Trust goinged by Lord Iliffe. They regulate 75% of the business with Huw Davies, David Jenkins, Rowan O’Sullivan as well as Michael Lucas possessing the remaining shares. Francis Hamon OBE remains chairman as well as there is no modification in the senior monitoring team. Channel Television personnel are short-listed for RTS South West regional honors– Paul Marshall and Dan Pomroy for camerawork, Dan Pomroy for editing and enhancing as well as there was an election for the Independent Company payment Bouley Bay Watch in the Best Documentary area. Bouley Bay Watch takes a gold award and Scubapro Trophy at the International Festival of Underwater Film and a Newcomer Award at the European Nature Film Festival in Sweden. Spiritual documentary The Alpha Connection wins the Silver medal for Best Documentary in the Christian Broadcasting Council Media Awards. Network Television takes gold and silver for two efforts gone into in the inaugural Jersey Training and Employment Partnership Training in Business awards.


Channel Television wins its very first Royal Television Society Award. In the Devon as well as Cornwall area the terminal’s Sark – A Secret Sea, a payment from independent producer Sue Daly, is voted Best Documentary. Paul Marshall is voted Jersey Photojournalist of the Year, Simon Clemison, On-Screen Journalist of the Year. Channel Television is awarded Finalist condition in the National Training Awards for a multi-skilling campaign involving the team of production aides and also for its job multi-skilling Assistant Transmission Controllers the terminal wins Merit in the Jersey Training in Business Awards. To mark the Centenary of the Jersey Battle of Flowers, Channel Television generates a programme and also sell through video clip tracing 100 years of Battle. Marking 40 years of Channel Television, the Regulator, the ITC says: “Channel Television exhibits the very best of British tv. It gives access to a few of the best entertainment, way of living and also accurate shows in the world, and generates a wide range of news, docudramas and also sports reflecting the one-of-a-kind community of the Channel Islands. The team at Channel Television not just represents the Channel Islands, it becomes part of the neighborhood and appreciates its prosperity – a perfect mix”.


Network Television’s station mascot Oscar Gronez Corbiere Claude Puffin is 40 years old on 3 March. The initial inviting individuals to register their telephone vote aids bring in even more than 4,000 citizens – the greatest television survey in the Channel Islands. Network Television creates more compared to 3 hrs of special programs, supplying interesting as well as detailed protection of the event in which 2,000 competitors from 23 islands contended in 15 sports.


Channel’ s co-production with Carton Television for the ITV Network, Simply The Best, was taped at a specifically constructed field on Jersey’s Waterfront. Numerous extra pounds were invested in the biggest entertainment task on ITV for years which included chart-topping music acts playing online to neighborhood audiences of about 1,000. The relaunch of Channel Report, Report Sport as well as the terminal’s news bulletin with new studio collections, graphics and discussion team shows prominent with audiences. Other program highlights included: The Haunted, an imaginative look at neighborhood superstitions as well as famous tales; The Aussie Alternative, in which a Channel staff took a trip to Australia to overtake islanders that had actually emigrated to start new lives “down under”; as well as Jersey Royals, an animated series generated by neighborhood independent computer animation company Channimation, evaluated during Puffin’s Pla( i) ce. Local high school trainees were offered the chance to create as well as generate their own commercials for local companies in the very first Make a Break Competition, with visitors invited to choose the victor.


In January, Channel’s staff openly contributed their very own time to back neighborhood fund-raising initiatives for the victims of the Asian Tsunami by taping a Christmas concert held in Jersey and also creating DVD/video duplicates up for sale with all the proceeds mosting likely to the appeal. Equipment and materials were given away by Channel Television and also the efforts raised ₤ 13,500. Could 9th saw the 60th wedding anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands from German Occupation. Planning for Channel Television’s insurance coverage of the commemoration began 12 months beforehand. At an early stage, the terminal co-ordinated an across the country search through the ITV local network to discover survivors of the liberating troops – Force 135. Greater than 200 experts lay as well as Channel led a successful public project to spend for their return to participate in the parties. Channel also commemorated the centenary of the inter-islands football tournament, the Muratti with special programs looking back at the history of the event and also covering the highlights of the match itself, which finished in a draw, as well as the replay. ITV commemorates its 50th anniversary and This Morning programs from Jersey Zoo. Other program highlights included Recycled Rainforest, discovering the result of a reusing campaign in Jersey’s schools which was raising money to help the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust change the natural habitat of the threatened Brazilian lion tamarind. Network Television likewise commissioned a powerful and also moving documentary from young film-maker, Xanthe Hamilton, filmed on place in India. The Mission discovered the work of the Leprosy Mission which made use of funds increased in the Channel Islands. Network introduced the terminal’s brand-new internet site www.channelonline.tv. Among the highlights of ITV’s Christmas line-up, an adjustment of Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree was recorded completely in Jersey, many thanks to Channel Television. The year ends with a dual win for Channel in the Royal Television Society South West local honors, with Guernsey cameraman Andy Will winning the Craft Award for News Camera, as well as in-house manufacturing company Creative Channel winning Best Non-Broadcast Production.