A History of Independent Television in Wales

Jamie Medhurst

Jamie Medhurst

Distributed for University of Wales Press

236 pages | 9 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780708322130 Published August 2010 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This volume provides the first detailed and systematic historical narrative and critical analysis of independent television (ITV) in Wales. Seen by some as a more populist and sometimes tacky alternative to the BBC, Wales ITV has been a pioneer in the television industry, particularly for its innovative and diverse programming. J. Medhurst’s accessible and readable history looks back several decades and emphasizes the channel’s place within debates over national identity, language, and culture in Wales.

Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin—Madison

“Jamie Medhurst’s thoroughly researched and engagingly written study of independent television in Wales not only supplies a piece previously missing in the history of broadcasting in Britain, but adds to the growing literature on the significance of the nation and broadcasting-based struggles with national identity so central to the construction of culture in the twentieth century and beyond.”


Explanatory notes

1. Introduction
2. The Pre-history of Independent Television in Wales
3. Television Wales and the West, 1956–1963: Organisation and Control
4. Television Wales and the West, 1956–1963: Programming and Critical Issues
5. Wales (West and North) Television, 1956–1963: Formation and Control
6. Wales (West and North) Television, 1956–1963: Operation, Programming and Demise
7. Television Wales and the West, 1964–1968: Operation and Programming
8. Television Wales and the West: The End of the Road
9. ITV in Wales, 1968–1997
10. Postscript


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