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SOLWAY TELEVISION : 1961-2002
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Solway Television 1961

There were two contestants for the borders franchise in 1960: Border Television and Solway Television. The ITA eventually awarded the licence to Solway, who began transmissions to Cumbria and South Scotland in March 1961. The Isle of Man was yet to receive a transmitter, being so equipped in 1965. Solway's logo was an abstract affair, based on the letters 'S' and 'T', and known affectionately as the 'Brick Wall'. The ident was animated, with the Brick Wall zooming out into the corner of the screen to allow the text to appear in position. There was an electronic jingle.

Solway Television 1961

The original Solway production slide. Solway was a very small station, and consequently made little output bar local news bulletins...

Solway Television 1961

...so the presentation slide was a more common sight.

Solway Television 1971

Colour came to Solway in 1971. The colour ident was animated in a similar way to the original and the 1961 jingle was retained.

Solway Television 1971

Solway's first colour clock. This remained in use until the mid 1980s.

Solway Television 1971

A production slide from 1971, little different from that used during the 1960s.

Solway Television 1975

The endcaps were redesigned in 1975 to include copyright details with a altogether neater standard of presentation.

Solway Television 1980

A Solway/IBA start-up slide from 1980.

Solway Television 1984

A programme slide from 1984 for Spitting Image.

Solway Television 1986

A programme menu from 1986.

Solway Television 1987

The coming of the Commodore Amiga in 1987 gave the cash-strapped Solway an opportunity to modernise its image. Critics of the new ident were harsh, with one local newspaper claiming, somewhat unfairly, that Solway TV must have purchased a Commodore 64 by mistake! Others made comparisons to Channel 4, whose ident was strikingly similar.

Solway Television 1987

The matching production slide.

Solway Television 1987

The Amiga-generated clock from 1987. Not channel 4, honest!

Solway Television 1989

Solway adopted the Corporate look in 1989, which was a considerable improvement on their own efforts.

Solway Television 1989

The 1989 production slide.

Solway Television 1989

A programme slide for 'Matlock' from 1989. On programme slides, Solway preferred to use the Brick Wall in place of the ITV generic logo. Unfortunately, it looks as if the Wall is about to fall on Matlock's head!

Solway Television 1991

Solway acquired an up-to-date computer system in 1991, and with it, produced a set of idents far more pleasing to the eye than its 1987 effort.

Solway Television 1997

The production slide from 1997.

Solway Television 2001

In 2000, Solway TV became part of the Scottish Media Group, the parent company of Scottish and Grampian Television. Because of its English coverage, Solway was allowed to keep its own identity, and unlike the Thistle and St Andrews Cross of the other subsidiaries, the Brick Wall was safe.

Solway Television 2002

January 1st 2002 saw a new look for Solway, much more in line with the other SMG companies.

Solway Television 2002

An SMG-style programme slide for Jerry Springer.

Solway Television 2002

The latest Solway endcap. Will the Brick Wall still be around in 2003?

LAST UPDATE: 7th October 2002

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