Grampian Television

North-East Scotland

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Grampian’s popular series “Calum’s Ceilidh”

Grampian Television is the company which, under agreement with the Independent Television Authority, provides the television programmes in North-East Scotland during the whole week.


Queen’s Cross, Aberdeen.
Nuffield House, 41 Piccadilly, London W.1.
REGend 7090

    ITA    Channel   Vision     Sound    Opening Date   Population ITA Homes
Transmitter        Frequency  Frequency                    000's      000's
                      Mc/s       Mc/s
Durris          9    194.75675  191.266  30th Sept 1961   }
                                                          } 1,416      145
Mounteagle     12    209.75     206.25   30th Sept 1961   }

Sir Alexander B King, CBE, LL.D, DL, JP (Chairman); Captain Iain M Tennant, DL, JP (Deputy Chairman); GE Ward Thomas, DFC (Managing); The Dowager Viscountess Colville of Culross, OBE; The Lord Forbes, KBE, DL, JP; Rt Hon Thomas Johnston, PC, CH, LL.D, FEIS; John N Milne, MA, LL.B, B.COM, LL.D; Edward O’Donnell, BL; Hon Angus Ogilvy, MA (Oxon); Neil Paterson, MA; Major Michael Crichton Stuart, MC, DL, JP; David L Urquhart, CA JP; Robert Wotherspoon, JP.


James Buchan (Production Controller); Alex Mair (Company Secretary); Brian Davies (Chief Engineer); RM Edie (Scottish Sales Manager); K Bellini (Head of Presentation); Iain Macdonald (Press and Public Relations Officer); HC Hemus (London Sales Manager).

Religious Adviser

George TH Reid, MC, BD.

School Liaison Officer

Iain Macdonald.


Total members of staff: 142 (Aberdeen 117; London 25).

Studio Visits

A limited number of visits to the Aberdeen studios can be arranged for individuals and parties not exceeding 30 in number. Applications should be made to The Public Relations Officer, Grampian Television, Queen’s Cross, Aberdeen.


Enquiries about artistes and programmes should be made to The Public Relations Officer, Grampian Television, Queen’s Cross, Aberdeen.

Programme Journal

TV Times publishes a special edition for the Grampian viewing-area and has a local correspondent based at the Aberdeen studios.

Awards made by the Company

Silver cuach (cup) for competition at annual National Gaelic Mod (Gaelic Festival); silver Shinty trophy to be competed for in special Highland championship series; “Top Town” silver trophy – to be competed for by amateur music and drama groups in Grampian’s area; motoring trophy to be competed for by the Highland Car and Motor Cycle Club; Grampian Golf Trophy to be competed for annually by amateur golfers throughout the Gramian area. Special awards in connection with National Productivity Year (1963) to outstanding industrial apprentices and management trainees in the Grampian area.


Grampian’s Aberdeen studios occupy an area of 40,599 sq. ft.; they were the first to be built in Scotland specially for television and are regarded as the finest of their size in Britain. The building combines traditional Aberdeen granite construction with ultra-modern functional design. There are two main studios in the building, one of 1,100 sq. ft. and another of 600 sq. ft. These are divided by a “sound lock” which can be adjusted so that both studios can be used simultaneously for the same production. The control-rooms incorporate three Vidicon camera channels and comprehensive sound-mixing facilities. The building also houses extensive administrative offices, workshops, dressing-rooms, a restaurant and covered-in car park.

Videotape Recording

A multi-standard videotape recorder is used to record most locally produced programmes.


Grampian’s programming caters for an audience which – although exclusively Scottish – divides into several distinct economic, ethnic and cultural groups with vividly contrasting tastes and traditions. The main division is that between the Lowland (Nordic) and Highland (Gaelic). In addition to presenting the best of the networked items, Grampian produce in their own studios the following programmes: News and News Magazines: Grampian News (nightly, Monday to Friday), a local newscast and news-reel; Grampian Week (weekly), a topical news-magazine covering the entire Grampian area; Country Focus (weekly), a special news-magazine for the farming and rural community; Sportscope (weekly), a local and topical sports magazine. Discussions: Points North (weekly), general and specialised subjects discussed by selected panels; Scotland ’63 (monthly), investigations into various aspects of the Scottish economy by teams of specialists; View-Finder (weekly), interviews with famous people, especially Scots. Light Entertainment: Calum’s Ceilidh (weekly), a musical series featuring the songs and dances of the Scottish Highlands and starring the well-known Gaelic singer Calum Kennedy; Bothy Nichts and Ingle Neuk (weekly), “fireside” series featuring the traditional music and folklore of the Nor’-East Lowlands; Pick o’ the North (weekly), a contest series aimed at discovering and presenting the best of local talent; Top Team (weekly), presenting prize-winning music and drama groups from the Grampian area; Come Aboard! (weekly), a series based on sailors’ songs and dances; Sounds New (weekly), a programme of novel musical arrangements; A’ the Airts (weekly), a quiz-programme (cash prizes up to £500) based on contestants’ knowledge of Scottish history, geography, art and traditions. Religious: Evening Worship (nightly); Studio Service (fortnightly).