|In 1991, CPV-TV put in three bids for
ITV regions, London Weekday, South/South East England and East England,
and it gained two of them. The South of England was one of them.
As the previous broadcaster, TVS closed for the final time, due
to a cock-up the handover went badly wrong. South of England Television
planned to show a projected clock on the outside of the former
TVS studios (which was now owned by them) just after TVS had cut
to Big Ben. But although the person in the control room didn't
change it took a little longer than planned to cut from Big Ben.
When it finally happened the projection was nearly at the end.
There were further problems with the sound, the presenters were
in a garden area created especially for the first broadcast, but
unfortunatly we couldn't hear them. So an advert was played out
after about 2 mins of the opening show. After the break the presenters
were standing in front of the video wall in the 'Goodbye to All
That' studio which had been huridly cleared of the audience, although
a quick lighting change was performed it looked a shame and the
next day the first of many bad news reports followed.