This week we’re celebrating 65 years on air. Quite an achievement, so we thought we’d shout about it by teaming up with Broadcast magazine for an ITN@65 Festival of News.
See the link www.broadcastnow.co.uk/ITN-65
Over the course of ten weeks, we will celebrate our past, as well as use our achievements to provoke debate about the future of news and content.
The pandemic has highlighted the role and importance of news in our lives and, at a time of enormous change in our industry and the wider world, we want to showcase the stories, talent, innovations and landmarks that ITN has built its reputation on.
We have lots we’re lining up, from ‘Days that Shook the World’ to ‘The Art of the Interview’ to Behind the Scenes features to highlight some of our unsung talent. Crucially, our microsite will not be behind a paywall, so we will be able to use all our social platforms and our intranet, to share the content far and wide.
I wondered if some of the former staff would be happy to suggest articles, or to provide a quote to go alongside the key moments we’ve picked from the archive. We have the 50s/60s online at the moment but plan to add more in coming weeks. See the link above www.broadcastnow.co.uk/ITN-65 which is a draft in progress.
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ITN Anniversary month . Some links for members about the opening night. Our website banner incorporates early ITN working days.
This is the link in the latest newsletter. Click here for the link and it starts 4m 10sec into the piece.
These links on the British Entertainment History Project. First our President Alf Wilson Click for link
And then Edna Traill (Owen) the first employee of ITN she was the Executive Assistant. She speaks specifically of the first night and the run up to it. Click for link
I might dare to add to the excellent article by President Alf, most of us editors had to be content with separate 16mm magnetic track as opposed to 35mm. We never understood how the two worked together! (website editor)
There are also two further links on the British Entertainment Hirtory Project site about the early days at ITN.
Cyril Page cameraman click for Link
John Cotter Assignment manager click for link
Maurice Thorogood former film editor at ITN and now a Stage Director informs us of his new production under Covid 19. Brief Encounters.
Members do not need to be reminded that at the moment all future plans anywhere are on hold.
Talking Pictures Channel
Club members may have come across this channel for movies of the past. Many may not know however that our President Alf Wilson is on it. Or rather his name is on it in the form of a screen credit. Just recently they aired the film Angels one five. Alf was the dubbing editor responsible for all the sound work. He told me that on the dialogue scenes between actors he would like to have enhanced the background effects somewhat to add to the picture. However he was prevented from doing so by the technical producers were were ex RAF types (Angels One Five is a film about the RAF in WW2 ) who maintained it had to be kept “real” . Then he went on saying that one night later on Talking Pictures there was a film called The Upturned Glass being screened. This picture Alf started on but was transferred to do another movie ,George in Civvy Street. This starred the legendary George Formby and was to be his last feature film. The picture is Alf at his audio mixing console in deepest Dorset.
Just to underline the notice about monthly meetings they are of course cancelled until further notice.
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