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Former HTV Jan Leeming later worked for for SKY television and Bruce Hockin lived in Frenchay.

HTV former television co-presenters Jan Leeming & Bruce Hockin. HTV (originally Harlech Television, later HTV Limited and HTV Group plc and now ITV Wales and West Limited) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England, owned by ITV plc.

It took over from TWW in 1968. Its headquarters are based in Cardiff & Bristol. As of 29 December 2006, the company re-named as ITV Wales and West Ltd. Brislington, Bristol.

Former HTV and BBC fires presenter for turban remarks

The BBC has dismissed a local radio presenter in Bristol after she made "completely unacceptable comments" about Asian cab drivers.

Sam Mason, who hosted an afternoon show on BBC Radio Bristol, called a taxi for her 14-year-old daughter – while off-air – asking them not to send an Asian driver because "a guy with a turban might freak her out".

"I know this sounds really racist, but I’m not being – please, don’t send anyone like, you know what I mean," said asked the operator. "An English person would be great, a female would be better."

The operator for the unnamed taxi firm, which later sent a recording of the call to the Sun, told Mason it could not penalise Asian drivers and that her request was racist.

"I work at the BBC. I’m far from racist and that uneducated woman has no right to call me one," said Mason when her call was transferred to a supervisor.

"I don’t want her to turn up with a guy with a turban on, it’s going to freak her out. She’s not used to Asians. She’s not racist – her godparents are black."

Mason, who joined the BBC in late September, was suspended and dismissed by the BBC 24 hours later.

"Although Sam Mason’s remarks were not made on-air, her comments were completely unacceptable," said a spokesman.
"For that reason, she has been informed that she will no longer be working for the BBC with immediate effect."

2009 – Former HTV & Sky news Lisa Aziz suspended over allegations she fiddled expenses claim.

Lisa Aziz, 47, has not appeared on the nightly news programme West Country Tonight for the past month.

ITV claim the £150,000-a-year broadcaster is off work for ‘personal reasons’, but sources close to Miss Aziz say she has been suspended over allegations of misuse of expenses.
It is alleged she faces accusations of gross misconduct after making seven wrongful claims – including a £5.75 bill for dry cleaning a child’s top.

Sources close to Miss Aziz said the top was hers not a child’s. They said she she has claimed for dry cleaning and hair and beauty products on expenses without challenge since joining ITV from Sky in 2006.

Miss Aziz, who has two children, Jacob, 10, and Leah, 14, is now on sick leave and is believed to have been in discussions with lawyers about taking legal action against ITV.
When approached, Miss Aziz said she was on sick leave with tendonitis, insisting there was "nothing sinister" about her absence from the programme.

"I am off with tendonitis for the foreseeable future, I’m afraid. I had it back in March for a couple of weeks and was surprised I needed to take time off work with it and it has come back," she said.

Miss Aziz, who lives in Bath and presents West Country Tonight with Steve Scott, has been replaced by two younger presenters since mid-June.

Friends of the presenter say she was confronted by ITV head of news Liz Hannam during a meeting on a programme about terrorist suspect Andrew Ibrahim.

It is understood she was then suspended from her post on allegations of gross misconduct while the alleged seven wrongful expense claims are investigated.

Sources close to the presenter told The Daily Telegraph that she had been a victim of ITV cutbacks.

"As far as the story goes, ITV are doing cutbacks and in those cut backs, they are doing silly things like looking at her expenses," a source said.

"Lisa is angry with ITV West, someone in the office might have been talking carelessly."

However, it is claimed ITV breached it’s own employment procedures by suspending Miss Aziz before she had a chance to respond to the allegations.

The presenter is a "family friend" of Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah.

The source added: "It could be sex discrimination, race discrimination, gender discrimination, age discrimination. all these discussions are going on"

She had been working for six weeks on a programme about Ibrahim, the Bristol student on trial for terrorist offences, and was called to a meeting about editing the footage.

It was apparently during that meeting with head of news Liz Hannam and a man that the expenses allegations were made.

Miss Aziz began her career in Bristol in 1983 at the BBC before going on to become one of the main presenters for Sky News in 1996, where she worked for ten years.

An ITV spokesman said: “ITV never comments on ongoing investigations and follows established and recognised employment procedures. We vehemently deny any allegations relating to discrimination and will vigorously defend our position in this regard.”

Last month it was revealed that BBC executives had spent £350,000 of public money on luxury hotels, vintage champagne, "thank you" dinners, parties and even a private aeroplane.

Sally Alford – A former actress who went on to become an in-vision continuity announcer for TWW in the 1960s and its successor, HTV West, 1968 – c. 1984.

Philip Banks – Voice only continuity announcer for HTV West from 1994 until 2000, when continuity was moved to Southampton. Since then, Philip has freelanced for HTV Wales and continues with other voiceover work. He has recently landed a plum job with the global news network, CNN.

Philip is also writing for television. He has also worked on the Meridian production of ‘Under Offer’, a panel gameshow shown on the national ITV 1 network throughout summer 2002.

David Bennett, a continuity announcer with Grampian Television, stayed in Aberdeen after retiring from the company and he is a frequent correspondent to local newspaper letters pages. David has announced on many other ITV stations, including Anglia, HTV and ATV.

Colin Berry, now a well known newsreader for BBC Radio 2, was a relief announcer for HTV West (and on one occasion, HTV Wales) during the summer of 1971.

Colin recalls: "My summer relief stint at HTV in 1971 was to be my first time on TV. Head of presentation Donald Hill-Davies took me on after an audition in Cardiff. Oddly we never met during my time there! I don’t recall being in-vision, though there may have been the odd occasion. It was a transition period from black and white to colour and most in-vision continuity had been temporarily suspended there. I recall the shifts were long, you had to be in situ whatever time the station opened-up (usually early afternoon) and there you stayed till closedown, with just a brief break to grab a tray of food during ‘Crossroads’, when your opposite number on Wales or West duty would cover for you. It would never be allowed today, I’m sure the unions would see to that."

Malcolm Brown trained as an announcer on HTV West in the late-1960s and early-1970s before moving to Granada in 1972. He stayed with the company until 1982 when he moved south to join franchise winners TVS. Malcolm made the very first announcement on TVS on January 01 1982, and remained as a voice-only announcer after in-vision continuity was dispensed with in the mid-1980s. He also acted as MC for TVS’ final programme ‘Goodbye To All That’.

Malcolm can still be heard reading letters out on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Feedback’. He also spent time as a disc jockey on London’s easy-listening radio station Magic FM.

Liz Carse – One of HTV’s original announcers when it took over from TWW in May 1968. She married former HTV man and newsreader Martyn Lewis.

Peter Crawford – HTV West continuity announcer who stayed as a voice-only announcer and newsreader after 1994. He disappeared from westcounty screens when the station was absorbed by United News and Media in the mid-1990s. A familiar face from daytime television adverts for various financial services/pensions companies, and, more recently, for Claims Direct.

Victoria Crawford – In-vision continuity announcer for Thames Television in London, often on the overnight shift, and also for HTV West in Bristol.

Tom Edwards started his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as an announcer with Border. He went on to become a familiar announcer on Thames Television in London and on HTV West. Tom is also thought to have been an announcer with Anglia. He also spent several years as a pirate radio disc-jockey.

Tom left Thames at the end of the 1980s to move to the United States but later returned to the UK as a presenter on BBC Radio Norfolk and occasional presenter of the BBC’s ‘Look East’ magazine programme. Most recently, he was the voiceover for BBC TV’s ‘Wipe Out’ daytime quiz show.

Sara Edwards – HTV West in-vision continuity announcer in the 1980s who went on to anchor the regional news programme, ‘Wales Today’, for BBC TV Wales.

David Fitzgerald joined TSW as an announcer in the mid-1980s and stayed with the company until its franchise ended in December 1992. He established a good knockabout rapport with sidekick Gus Honeybun and was a main presenter of TSW’s various ‘Telethon’ extravaganzas.

Since TSW went off the air, David has worked as a newsreader and announcer at HTV West, and, later as the overnight newsreader on Sky News. He is now controller of programmes at South Hams Radio in South Devon, where he also presents a show. He also appears from time to time on ITV 1 Westcountry.

Fiona Honan – Meridian Broadcasting continuity announcer from 2000 to 2002, and previously an announcer with HTV West in Bristol. Fiona’s voice was heard on HTV West, as well as Anglia Television, as continuity for these two stations was sourced from Meridian’s Southampton headquarters until October 2002. Fiona is now a newsreader for Ivel FM in Somerset.

Jenny Hull – Started her television career as a newsreader and announcer on HTV West in the early-1980s. She then moved to TSW as a continuity announcer in the mid-1980s before moving to BBC TV South as their early morning newsreader. Jenny is probably best known for her time as co-presenter with Des Lynam of ‘How Do They Do That?’. She now presents ‘ITV West News’ from Bristol.

Russell Hurn – HTV West in-vision continuity announcer in the 1980s, who was also one of the main presenters of the station’s overnight service ‘Night Club’ from 1988.

Gill Impey – Joined HTV West as a continuity announcer in the mid-1980s but moved to present local weather bulletins when in-vision announcing was done away with in 1994. Gill went on to present several local programmes for HTV West and was one of the station’s main sportscasters and reporters. A keen horsewoman, Impey also runs her own stables with her partner.

Graham James – Well known Granada TV in-vision announcer in the 1970s and 1980s. Graham moved to Meridian in Southampton and was an announcer on that station, HTV West and on Anglia TV until October 2002.

Annie St John – Annie was a continuity announcer for Tyne Tees TV, HTV West and LWT in 1984. She also presented several programmes for HTV, including co-anchoring the main nightly news programme with fellow presenters Bruce Hockin, Richard Wyatt and Alison Holloway.

Sadly, Annie died in late-1990. She is remembered for her warmth, her sense of fun and her sincerity.

Annie St John (born Ann Florence Heywood; 8 September 1954 – 10 December 1990) was a British television broadcaster.

Originally from Blackpool, Lancashire, she attended Blackpool Collegiate Grammar School for Girls and the Rose Bruford Drama School. She worked as a mahout at the Blackpool Tower Circus and in repertory theatre in Bolton, Salisbury and the Young Vic in London.

St John first made her name on television in 1978 as a hostess on the first two series of the networked YTV game show 3-2-1, before joining HTV West in 1981 as a continuity announcer and newsreader. Her popularity in the Westcountry was as such that viewers launched a Save Our Annie campaign when she left the station in 1983 to join Tyne Tees Television in Newcastle. During her time at Tyne Tees, St John continued to freelance for HTV West and also for London Weekend Television. She returned to HTV permanently in 1987.

As well as announcing duties, St. John presented various regional programmes including Ask Oscar, a weekly What’s On programme, It’s Nearly Saturday and the advice series Problems. By the late 1980s, St John had become one of the main anchors of the nightly regional news programme, HTV News, alongside Bruce Hockin and Richard Wyatt, while continuing her continuity role. She also presented a request show for the independent local radio station Radio West.

In November 1990, St John took a lethal overdose of champagne and drugs at her flat in Baltic Wharf, Bristol. She was found semi-conscious and naked on a bed by HTV director of programming Derek Clark and a staff rigger following concern from colleagues when St John failed to turn up for work.

On Monday 10 December 1990 – 38 days after the overdose – St John died in hospital at the age of 36. She had been married to an HTV colleague, actor Michael St John, for 14 years. The inquest into her death recorded a verdict of suicide.

Michael St John – A popular and fondly remembered HTV West in-vision continuity announcer in the 1970s and 1980s, who died in August 2002, aged 66. He lived at North Common, South Gloucestershire for many years..

TTVR contributor Andrew Rogers recalls: "Michael was famously unable to tell the time. Closedowns would include ‘Now, let’s have a look at the clock. It’s 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 minutes past midnight…’ There was also a wonderful incident involving him on the first ‘It’ll Be Alright On The Night’, in which he was promoting an upcoming episode of ‘Within These Walls’; instead of the clip he was expecting, a loud advert for The Yogs, a sort of yoghurt, ran. After that he had several minutes in which he had to ad-lib to just a caption. Classic moments."

Peter Lewis was an announcer with TWW and Yorkshire TV in the 1960s before moving on to become one of LWT’s best known announcers. Peter joined LWT from its start in August 1968 and was the first person to broadcast from the station’s new television centre at Upper Ground, on the South bank of the Thames, when it opened in 1971.

Lewis was promoted to become senior announcer in 1977 when the previous incumbent, Alec Taylor, left the company. Lewis stayed in this role (although mainly as a voice only announcer after 1983) until 1996 when he left the station to pursue his business interests as a management consultant based in the United States.

He was persuaded to return briefly in 1998 to record a series of in-vision links to mark LWT’s 30th birthday. Peter was also an announcer on HTV West during the 1970s and 1980s. The Lewis family were well known to television viewers in the West – Peter’s father, Bruce, was chief announcer at HTV’s predecessor, TWW, and Martyn Lewis was famous as a local and then national newsreader.

Peter Marshall – Continuity announcer for Ulster TV (1967 to 1969), Anglia TV (1970 to 1973), Southern, Thames Television, ATV, and, on occasions, HTV West.

Also recognised nationally as the host of the ‘TV Times Awards’ and ‘Miss United Kingdom’ on the ITV network in the 1970s and 1980s. He also presented the BBC’s ‘Come Dancing’ from 1980 to 1983, and has regularly reported for ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here’. Marshall originally trained as a teacher, and then an actor with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before joining a Bournemouth rep company.

Sam Mason – HTV West continuity announcer and ‘Night Club’ host in the late-1980s who went on to become a newsreader and regional programme presenter for the station. She also presented one of the UK’s first ever DIY makeover shows with HTV’s ‘The House’ in the early- 1990’s.

Annie McKie/Rice – HTV West continuity announcer in the 1980s who can now be heard as an announcer on BBC Radio 4. She also co-anchored the BBC’s ‘Points West’ in the early and mid-1990s.

Diana Moran – Continuity announcer on Southern TV and HTV West in the 1970s who later found national fame as BBC ‘Breakfast Time’ fitness expert, The Green Goddess. She still makes many media appearances today, and is an active promoter of cancer charities.

Daphne Neville – Former ‘Crossroads’ actress and continuity announcer in the 1970s and early-1980s for Border Television and Grampian. Daphne has also worked for Central TV, HTV West, and BBC Radio 4.

Susan Osman – Westcountry viewers know her best as one of the long serving presenters of the BBC’s highly popular ‘Points West’ news programme. But earlier in her career Susan could be found manning the continuity desk at HTV West. She has also presented the BBC’s Norwich-based ‘Look East’ news programme (1985 – 1988).

Since the late-1990s, Susan has also covered overnight weekend shifts for BBC News 24 and BBC World.

Jim Pope – Former radio presenter who was persuaded to move into television by ‘Coronation Street’ actress Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) when she was interviewed on the station. Jim Pope became an in-vision continuity announcer at HTV West in the late-1960s and early-1970s before moving to Granada where he remained until his retirement.

After leaving his announcing job, Jim continued with voiceover work, and is well known as the voice of ‘University Challenge’ (produced by Granada for the BBC). Sadly, Jim died in August 2001.

Su Porter – Regular announcer for HTV’s ‘Night Club’, who went on to present Carlton’s short-lived ‘After Five’ magazine programme.

Mike Prince – Veteran ATV continuity announcer who joined the company in the 1960s and stayed with its successor, Central, until the mid-1980s. Mike also announced, occasionally, for HTV Wales, HTV West, Thames and Southern Television.

Since leaving the world of continuity announcing, Mike has become a successful television producer and businessman. In the independent production sector, notably with Winchester Entertainment Plc, he was the co-creator and executive producer of ‘Jellabies’ and ‘The Snow Children’ and he was also executive producer for ‘The Wheels On The Bus’.

In 2003, Mike founded Shangers Ltd, a multimedia and consumer licensing company. He also recently made a brief return to ITV screens in the Midlands, helping to promote the ITV 50 features on ‘Central News’.

Elise Raynor – Joined HTV as a continuity announcer for its ‘Night Club’ service in 1988 but progressed to co-anchor the nightly HTV News in the mid-1990s. Elise left the company a couple of years later to join local radio station GWR FM in Bristol as one of its ‘morning crew’. She has since presented occasional local interest programmes for HTV West.

Graham Rogers has been a staff ITV Network announcer since October 2002. He is a former Radio 210 disc jockey who fronted TVS’ overnight service, ‘Late Night Late’. He joined Meridian from TVS to present the overnight service ‘Nightime’. He went on to become one of Meridian’s four duty announcers also providing continuity for Anglia and HTV West. Graham has also announced for Channel 4.

Additionally, Graham continues to freelance as a presenter and voiceover on programmes for Sky, Channel 5 and ITV 2. He also produced and presented the ‘Exercise Helping Hand’ documentaries in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Peter Rowell – Popular HTV West and ITV West presenter who has made the station’s lunchtime and daytime news bulletins his own. Rowell enjoys getting out and about and can regularly be seen in local newspapers throughout the westcountry, attending charitable events, shows, fetes, and concerts.

He joined HTV West in 1989 as one of the hosts of ‘Night Club’, after time as a DJ on Bristol’s GWR FM, and soon became one of the station’s regular announcers and newsreaders. He also presents ‘HTV Newsweek’ and ‘What’s On’.

Paul Seed – Staff ITV 1 announcer since October 2002. Before this, Paul was stationed at Southampton providing continuity to Meridian, HTV West and Anglia Television. Paul used to host the breakfast show on Gloucestershire’s Severn Sound radio station.

Lorna Stevens – HTV West and Thames TV continuity announcer who moved to the HTV weather department when in-vision announcing was axed in 1993. Lorna Stevens was regularly seen as a weather presenter on both HTV West and HTV Wales, but recently left when weather presentation was centralised in Birmingham. Lorna is also believed to have announced for HTV Wales.

A former professional model who worked with The Bluebell Girls first in Barcelona, Spain, and then in Paris, she started her broadcasting career on her return the UK with local ILR station Radio 210 in the Thames Valley. She went on to work as an announcer for BBC Radio 4 and was an announcer on BBC TV from 1984 to 1986, before embarking on a career as a freelance announcer/presenter for several ITV companies and also on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting). Lorna also worked as an announcer on Westcountry Television in Plymouth for around 18 months from 1993 with colleague Peter Griffin.

Alan Taylor – Eccentric, jovial, avuncular HTV West continuity announcer and programme presenter on both HTV West and HTV Wales who also found fame on the national ITV network, first as the presenter of one of the many incarnations of ‘Mr And Mrs’, and, secondly as Nancy Kominsky’s eager assistant in HTV West’s almost cult-status ‘Paint Along With Nancy’. Locally, he was well known for his ‘Tinker And Taylor’ children’s’ slots.

The ‘Mr And Mrs’ programme went on to be produced by Tyne Tees Television, and, most famously, Border Television, when the host was Derek Batey.

TTVR contributor and former colleague Guy Thomas writes: "Alan was the most popular and best loved television personality in Wales and the West of England establishing himself as a versatile, all round entertainer and he was admired as much by his colleagues as by the large audiences he won for the television programmes in which he appeared.
"After working in his family’s Cardiff electricity business and seeing active Navy service in the Mediterranean war zone he began entertaining in amateur variety bills, turning professional by appearing all over the country in pantomimes and music halls, including London’s West End.

He joined TWW as an announcer in 1959. His popularity started to rise with an afternoon 10 minute slot for children which he shared with a glove puppet (a kind of not too distant relation of Sooty) for a birthday greetings show called ‘Tinker And Taylor’. TWW had a large audience for television quiz shows, most of them the idea of the Canadian TV personality Roy Ward Dickson. Alan became the ideal host for these shows, starting with ‘Three Little Words’, ‘Try For Ten’ and the blockbuster of them all, ‘Mr And Mrs’, which ran year after year. It is probably true to say it was the most popular programme series TWW transmitted, rarely missing the Number 1 spot in the ratings.

"For HTV, Alan began a series of programmes in which he learned to paint (his interest was already there) called ‘Painting With Nancy’ and the demand for the return of ‘Mr And Mrs’ was so great, the company, which had dismissed the idea of repeating their predecessor’s liking for the quiz show format, bowed to the inevitable. The success was repeated and HTV also brought back, again with Alan, ‘Try For Ten’. In 1982 Alan retired to open an antique shop in Bath and then went to live in Spain where he died in 1997."

Peter Tomlinson – Long serving ATV continuity announcer and also one of the original four presenters of the children’s Saturday morning hit show ‘Tiswas’ when it was a Midlands only programme. Before moving to Birmingham, Peter was a regular announcer on Harlech/HTV West from 1968. He is also believed to have been an announcer with Granada (TBC).

Peter founded and managed Saga FM, a West Midlands radio station with the more mature listener in mind; it launched in October 2001. He announced his retirement from the station in May 2004.

Jonathan Wheatley – Since January 2004, Jonathan has worked as a news presenter for the BBC World Service. He has regularly presented the ‘BBC World News’, ‘The African News’ and programmes such as ‘From Our Own Correspondent’.

Jonathan started in television in the early-1990s, working for the PBS station in Seattle (KCTS Television), presenting programmes and documentaries; he was also the main promotional voice of the station. After training as a news writer at Worldwide Television News, Jonathan presented various WTN documentaries, including the environmental series ‘Earthfile’ and a five hour programme about Nigeria.

For c. six years, Jonathan worked for ITV. Most of his time there was spent at HTV West as a news presenter and announcer (1994 – 1998). He presented the channel’s lunchtime news, morning bulletins and the popular late news programme at 10.30pm.

Jonathan presented the weather for Meridian (1992 – 1993); he was also an announcer there and at HTV Wales (1993). He also presented on the Sky News overnight service for a period.

Patricia Yorston – Thames TV and HTV West continuity announcer in the 1980s who went on to co- anchor HTV News in the early-1990s. She also co-hosted HTV’s BLT lunchtime magazine programme in the 1990s. Yorston went on to become a presenter on TV Travel Shop on various digital television platforms.

She married Stephen James Young "Steve" Scott a British journalist and presenter employed by ITN as the sports editor and newscaster for ITV News. He was educated at Clifton College and began his career in local radio and HTV.

Alison Holloway (born 1961) is an English journalist, media personality and producer, now … She then went to HTV West in Bristol, at first, joining the company as a reporter-presenter, then, anchoring HTV News. Holloway remained … Holloway married comedian Jim Davidson in 1987, before divorcing him two years later.

Ex-BBC and HTV presenter Peter Rowell jailed for abusing girls. He admitted 12 charges of indecent assault on girls under the age of 16, six charges of making indecent images and one of possessing images.

Rowell, 53, had denied a charge of rape and the jury at Bristol Crown Court accepted an alternative charge of indecent assault. He assaulted his five victims between 1989 and the early 1990s.

Rowell was also placed on the sex offenders register.

Sentencing him, Judge David Ticehurst said the effect on his victims had been "considerable".

"You had a position of trust in the media which you abused.
"You were prepared to use the world of showbusiness to attract young girls."

The broadcaster, from Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, sparked a nationwide search after failing to turn up for work in March 2011.

His car had been found in a supermarket car park at Yate.

The father of one was found "safe and well" the next day in Keswick, Cumbria, and was later arrested by police.

Before his disappearance, police had raided his home and seized his computer.

On that computer detectives found more than 400 indecent images of children.

HTV presenter Richard Wyatt feared coming out as gay would ruin on-screen career

If you’ve enjoyed ITV News here in the West Country for many years you may remember Richard Wyatt.

He was on screen dating back to the 1970’s.

This week – 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act lifted the ban on homosexuality – Richard has spoken about how he feared his career would be over if he publicly revealed he was gay.

Richard says he never felt like he was deceiving the public, just himself.

One of his memorable moments was surviving being hit by an aircraft.

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