Outlook Unsettled

  • Bernard Sendall


Television had long been a continuing source of copy for the press, but there had probably never been a more massive accumulation of column inches than that evoked by the events of 1967. Comment was varied and diffuse. Certain themes, however, tended to dominate. The arbitrary and secret nature of the selection process and the apparent concentration of power in a body not itself directly answerable to the electorate naturally came in for comment. The fairness or otherwise of particular decisions, though not overlooked, gained less attention than the reminders these provided that itv contracts generally were of limited life, with all the financial consequences for investors of that fact. A few commentators chose to consider what the changes might mean for the future not only of itv but of British television generally, including the bbc. At his Press Conference announcing the new contracts Hill had stated the two principles which had guided the Authority’s decisions. First was the quality of the programmes. Second was the refusal to accept that companies once appointed should be ‘there for all time’ irrespective of the quality of new applicant groups.


Broadcasting System Severance Payment Contract Award Appellate Body Contract Decision 
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Notes and Reference

  1. 6.
    P. Seglow, Trade Unionism in Television (Saxon House,1978) P. 133.Google Scholar

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