© 2003

Independent Television in Britain

Volume 6 New Developments in Independent Television 1981–92: Channel 4, TV-am, Cable and Satellite

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Channel 4

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 3-35
  3. TV-am

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 299-320
    3. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 321-334
    4. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 335-350
    5. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 351-364
    6. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 365-375
    7. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 376-383
  4. Other responsibilities of the ITC

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Paul Bonner, Lesley Aston
      Pages 387-434
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 435-483

About this book


Success out of near disaster, finances taken to the edge of bankruptcy, resignations - this volume tells the dramatic stories of the major new commercial television developments in Britain between 1981-92. This is an authoritative account, from the people involved and from official documents, of the launches and first ten years of Channel 4 and TV-am, the expansion of cable television and early difficulties of satellite broadcasting.


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About the authors

PAUL BONNER worked in broadcasting for 40 years. He was at ITV for seven years - first as Director of the Programming Secretariat (Chairman of the Network Controllers Group) from 1987-1992, and then as a director at the new ITV Network Centre from 1993 until he retired two years later. Previously, he had been selected to be Channel Four's first Controller of Programmes. He held that post for the first seven years of the Channel's existence. Before that he had worked for the BBC in radio and television for 25 years. He spent ten of those years as a documentary maker. That was followed by a period in charge of the BBC's controversial public-access programmes. Paul Bonner's final role at the BBC was as head of its Science and Features Department.

LESLEY ASTON was Press Officer at the IBA/ITC from 1983-1994, with a special interest in research. She was seconded to the Director General's Office from 1989-1990 to work on the Broadcasting Bill. Previously, she was in the industries section of the Economist Intelligence Unit and Manager of Information Services at Urwick Orr and Partners.

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