|Based in||Northam, Southampton and Vinters Park, Maidstone|
|Broadcast area||South and South East England|
|Launched||1 January 1982 at 9.30am|
|Closed||31 December 1992 at 12 midnight|
|Replaced by||Meridian Broadcasting|
Television South (TVS) was the ITV franchise holder in the south and south east of England between 1 January 1982 at 9.30am and the night of 31 December 1992 at 12 midnight. The company operated under various names, initially as Television South plc and then following reorganisation in 1989 as TVS Entertainment plc, with its UK broadcasting arm referred to as TVS Television plc.
During their 11 year history TVS produced a number of notable programmes for the ITV network especially in the fields of drama, light entertainment and children's programming. They were also a significant regional broadcaster producing a wide range of programmes for their area with the flagship being the nightly award winning news programme Coast to Coast produced as two separate editions for the south and south east.
They ceased broadcasting on 31 December 1992 after they lost the franchise to Meridian Broadcasting during the review of franchise holders in 1991. The company was sold to International Family Entertainment Inc. (IFE) in 1993 (now Disney subsidiary ABC Family Worldwide Inc.). Television South's name, abbreviation and logo are now owned by an independent production company.
TVS was formed following discussions between television producer James Gatward, television executive Bob Southgate, who had previously worked at ITN, Thames Television, and journalist Martin Jackson to apply for the new "South and South-East" of England ITV franchise in the 1980. Finance was provided by Barclays Bank and the Charterhouse investment bank. The franchise for this area was the most hotly contested with seven other applicants besides TVS and the incumbent, Southern Television.
The Independent Broadcasting Authority had decided to change the area covered from the south to include the south east and included the Bluebell Hill transmitter, associated relays and the main relay at Tunbridge Wells which previously were covered by ITV's London contractors. To reflect this the contract area served by Southern Television, which was previously titled the South of England area was renamed South and South-East of England. In order to serve the new region better the IBA expected the successful applicant to operate separate facilities for both the south and the south-east, known as a dual-region, with new additional facilities to be built in the South East.
Following submission of their application, TVS were anticipating that they would be forced into a shotgun marriage with Southern but in the event won outright against the seven other contenders since their plans for a better mix of programmes and greater investment were considered good enough to operate the franchise alone. This was the official line given by the IBA, but it was also considered that Southern's non-local ownership (the majority shareholders were companies based in London and Dundee) and their very conservative nature led to it being dropped in favour the more interesting proposals made by TVS in their franchise application.
By the start of 1981 a number of high profile personalties had joined the station in preparation for the start of the new franchise:
- Michael Blakstad, Ex Tomorrows World, "Director of Programmes";
- Anna Home ex BBC children's, "Head of Children's and young people";
- Michael Rodd Head "Science and industry programmes";
- Herbert Chappell "Features, education and Music"
During 1981,TVS's ambitions were soon recognized for their desire to have a greater say in how ITV operated and its dismay on how it was being treated by the Big Five ITV companies, Thames, LWT, Central, Yorkshire and Granada. The rationale was that the larger ITV companies should bear more of the production costs as their size enabled them to. This led to criticism in some quarters that the larger of the remaining 'regional' ITV companies, such as TVS, Anglia, STV, Tyne Tees and HTV, found it difficult to get network access for their major productions, and that they were left with softer non-primetime sectors, such as children's and religious television.
Michael Blakstad, the Director of Programmes, claimed ITV needed a shake up as advertiser and viewers did not like contemplating the ITV nightly programme offering and were hoping the "Big Five" would welcome TVS with open arms as a chance to light up the schedules, as the only "occasional flash of excitement" appeared from the South Bank show. Blakstad claimed none of TVS £2 million worth of new programming had been accepted for networked transmittion, and TVS was only invited to the monthly contractors meetings as Observer only from May. He also expressed doubts that Yorkshire Television may not give up its monopoly of network science programmes. Blakstad stated " TVS was awarded the franchise to bring a catalyst to ITV, but the authority may have to help them get into the laboratory first"
Days before the start of the new franchise, IBA made it clear they were happy about the changes, and were particular impressed with TVS in connection with new programming for the ITV network, in areas in which the IBA wished for improvements, mainly children's and the sciences. TVS aims were for a different line of programming in the early evening slots, to win back 50,000 viewers it claimed were switching over to rivals, due to the poor service provide by Southern.
TVS began broadcasting at 9.30am on 1 January 1982. The new dual-regional station sprang to life with its new specially composed startup music – variously named but referred to in-house as TVS Gallop, accompanied by a programme menu and clock. Continuity announcer Malcolm Brown, previously an announcer at Granada, made the opening announcement:
|“||Good morning. It's New Year's Day 1982, and this is Television South. TVS, the new independent television company that's proud to serve both the South and South East of England. To begin with, we bring in the new with for the first time our symbol which will soon become very familiar.||”|
Following the first airing of the station's first ident, the first programme to air was a Coast to Coast special entitled Bring in the New, presented by Khalid Aziz. A number of presenters made the transition from Southern to TVS. All production staff were transferred as part of the then union agreements within ITV that no technician should lose employment as a result of franchise changes. 200 staff were also recruited for the facilities at Gillingham and Maidstone although a small number of these were made redundant after the company went on-air as the studios struggled to reach production capacity, restricted by TVS's limited access to the ITV network.
Broadcasting years 
Prior to broadcasting, TVS refused to take on most of Southern's series except the arrangement to cover two Glyndebourne operas each year; with the advent of Channel 4 a year later, the operas were shown on Channel 4. Houseparty was replaced by Not For Women Only which recognized changes in woman social patterns, while a new Saturday morning children's series No. 73 was also introduced, locally at first, before being networked
Whitbread acquired a 20% stake in TVS from European ferries in April 1984 as the latter wished to concentrate its financial and management resources on the shipping and property sectors, but sold on the stake in November 1986. Lionel Ross financial director stated "We think that Television South remains a very good company but we carried out a review of our investments and decided to concentrate our energies elsewhere".
In August 1984, Greg Dyke became TVS Director of Programmes, who was brought in to rejuvenation the station and started to move programming away from its original philosophy of niche arts and science programming, and began producing more entertainment programmes. In 1985, TVS finally found a solution to allowing more of its programmes on to network slots, when an agreement was reached with LWT, who required help to fill its schedules with appropriate, domestically-produced programming while not having to increase its budget. Thus TVS was able to get more of its programmes onto the ITV network slots, such as Bobby Davro on the Box, Catchphrase, C.A.T.S Eyes, Five Alive, Kelly's Eye, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Summertime Special and other light entertainment programmes.
TVS did retained its original philosophy for its regional and children's programmes. By November 1986, the station became one of the most heavily criticised companies by IBA over its programming. The criticisism mainly concerned the Southampton editions of Coast to coast while issues were raised over the quality of TVS's drama and light entertainment output. Its education shows were 'too didactic' while its religious output was branded as having 'barely discernible religious content'. Dyke accepted many of the IBA criticisms, but highlighted that TVS had already begun remedying the issues and faults, with a new editor for its Southampton news operation, while a new head of Religious output was brought in, along with a controller of drama, a first for TVS. Once again, TVS expressed their concern about its relationship with the Big Five ITV stations, and how they controlled the channel's output. In April 1987, Greg Dyke left TVS and returned to LWT.
By TVS's fifth Birthday in 1987, its profits had grown 62% since 1981 to £14.4million, which was helped after TVS increased its share of programming for ITV network and growth in its new business; warnings were made that inflation and cost was higher, but projected growth television operations would be around 7-8% during the rest of 1987. The end result was that the accounts revealed TVS had become bigger than Yorkshire Television in terms of advertising revenue, and was quickly catching up with the other Big Five ITV companies. By the following January, its profits had increase again to £21.8M. There was a speculation at the time, that the technicians strike at TV-am could have spread to its operations over its plans to provide an overnight service which become fully operational by June 1988.
With TVS's continuing to generate large profits, but restricted in its ITV network programming, the company started to search for other investments. In 1985 it launched failed bids to acquire the French TV channel TF1 and Thorn EMI Screen entertainment. In 1986 TVS was successful in buying Midem, an organization that promoted trade fairs, and Gilson International a Los Angeles distribution company selling programmes outside the US. TVS also acquired a 3.5% stake in Australia Network Ten company Northern Star.
At the start of July 1988, speculation started to appear of a take-over bid for the American media company MTM Enterprises. By 7 July 1988, MTM was brought for £190M, which give Mary Tyler Moore 5.1% and Arthur Price, Chief Executive of MTM, 6.6% shares in TVS. Both agreed not to sell for a period of five years. TVS paid for the deal partly by selling 10% stakes in TVS for £29.2M each to Canal plus and Generle D'Images, a cable television, film library and film production group, asking shareholders for £47.8M though a convertible preference share issue, with the remaining £38m taken out in a bank loan. The deal created a unique company with productions operations in Eire, UK and USA, along with a UK broadcasting franchise
Uncertainty over the high price paid by TVS for MTM coupled with a collapse of US syndication market, which affect many other US stations plus a £5.7M write-off, from the disposal of Super Channel resulted in financial instability. In January 1990, the company started searching for a buyer for a 49% stake in MTM, as part restructuring of MTM due to losses of £7.3M. A few days later, TVS confirmed its profits were down 35% in 1989, which resulted in 140 UK redundancies., This was not as bad as expected since TVS has planned to up eliminate 200 jobs during the summer of 1989.
Ahead of the ITV franchise round, James Gatward resigned from TVS, after being informed his service were no longer required, as the board believed Gatward was not showing sufficient resolve in preparing TVS for the franchise bid. Further changes took place, with the TVS Television board being merged into the TVS Entertainment board along with a further 100 redundancies, to help strengthen the finances. In March 1991, four contenders were lined up to buy MTM, which would have seen the company being sold off around £50M, there were hopes the deal would be sorted by May before the ITV franchise appliction was submitted.
Loss of Franchise 
In 1990 a new Broadcasting Act was passed by Parliament, which deregulated broadcasting in the UK and removed the monopoly on programme production held by franchise holders. Changes to network broadcasting and the introduction of cable and satellite channels meant that ITV needed to be leaner and fitter to compete with its new rivals.
The original draft of the Broadcasting Act stated that the applicant with the highest cash bid would win; however following fears that this would financially stretch the network and diminish programme standards the concept of a 'quality threshold' was introduced. Incumbents and applicants had to pass this first before cash bids were even considered; even then if a cash bid was deemed to impact on plans the application could be rejected.
TVS passed the quality threshold – indeed, as the incumbent broadcaster it could hardly have failed to do as failure would have called the ITC's own regulatory regime into question. The lucrative nature of the TVS contract area made it one of the most desirable franchises in the UK. Despite preparing vast amounts of audience research, programming proposals and an extremely comprehensive application document for the ITC, the TVS board – now minus its founder James Gatward – calculated that it needed to outbid all opposition in order to retain its licence. This resulted in the "bid high or die" strategy – in which the management calculated the highest possible bid that TVS could possibly afford. The result of these calculations was a massive £59 million per annum payable for the next ten years. It was the highest bid ever made by any UK television broadcaster.
The ITC announced the results of the franchise battle by releasing simultaneous faxes to the contending companies. Two companies had passed the so-called programme "quality threshold" – TVS and Meridian Broadcasting. Of these two TVS's bid was the higher – and therefore should automatically have been awarded the licence for the South and South East of England. However the ITC asserted that there was now a third criterion, a requirement that the ITC could confidently expect the winning company to sustain its annual payments throughout the entire period of the 10 year licence. The ITC used this to foot-fault TVS and claimed that the company would not be able to sustain the proposed £59 million a year licence payments. The ITC then awarded the licence to Meridian Broadcasting who had bid only £36 million per year.
The ITC refused every attempt to get it to explain its decision. TVS could have sought a judicial review but the legal advice that it received was that the prospect of success would be slim and the costs would be enormous. Whilst it carried on broadcasting to the end of its franchise period it began partially liquidating the company. The studio facilities at Southampton were sold to the incoming franchise winners Meridian Broadcasting – even though Meridian had said they intended to operate as a "publisher broadcaster" and would not be making anything like the amount of regional programming made by TVS. The Maidstone Studios were retained with the news facility being leased to Meridian as TVS planned to continue trading as an independent producer.
The unions started to negotiate with Meridian to absorb some of the 800 TVS staff facing redundancy. Meridian only planned to employ 370 staff, as they intended to produce a far smaller amount of network programming and would use independent producers for the remainder of its programming. In the event, the projections of advertising revenue on which TVS had based its massive bid turned out to be correct. However, only three years later, all the high-bidding licensees – including HTV which had virtually bankrupted itself to put forward a massive £25 million bid to win the Wales and West licence – were allowed to reduce their licence payments in some cases by more than half.
Closing ceremony 
TVS ceased broadcasting to the south and south east of England at just before midnight on 31 December 1992 at 11.55pm. While most other ITV stations were broadcasting of the Thames Television farewell programme The End of the Year Show, TVS chose to opt-out and air its own final programme entitled Goodbye to All That, a retrospective of TVS's programming presented by Fred Dinenage and Fern Britton, pre-recorded in front of a studio audience at the Northam studios in Southampton earlier in the day. The programme closed with an amended version of TVS at the last main ident along with the message Thanks for watching before crossing to Big Ben for the New Year chimes at 12 midnight and the handover to Meridian Broadcasting.
Sell Off 
In Autumn 1992, a number of American companies were interested in acquiring the company, from the likes of TCW Capital, International Family Entertainment Inc. (IFE) and Lorne Michaels. IFE originally made an bid worth £38.2M and received backing for a number of key shareholder for the bid to be appected. A small number of Shareholders reject the offer from IFE including Julian Tregar who was a holder to preference shareholder if TVS went in to liquidations. In November TCW Capital mid a counter bid, but pulled out a few weeks later after reviewing the accounts of TVS. IFE increased its offer to £45.3M but continued to be opposed by Julian tregar who has sufficient votes to block the deal on technical grounds, as there believe the offer was still to low. IFE final revised and increased it offer to appease the remaining shareholders, on 23 January 1993 IFC offer of £56.5M was finally accepted, with the deal being completed on 1 February 1993. In September 1993, IFE launched a UK version of The Family Channel based in The Maidstone Studios and using some elements of the TVS programme archive. Flextech were a partner in the venture, taking a 39% stake in the business.
In 1996, IFE sold its remaining 61% share to Flextech, giving them full ownership of the venture, and subsequently in February 1997 Flextech rebranded the channel to Challenge TV, focusing mainly on game shows. Meanwhile, also in 1997, IFE was sold to Fox Kids Worldwide., which in turn was acquired by Disney in 2001.
As a result, most of the TVS archive is now controlled by Disney, although much of it is understood to be largely inaccessible due to the paperwork detailing programme contributors, rights agreements, etc., having been lost in the intervening years. In 2006, the name "Television South Ltd", "TVS" and the colour logo device were transferred and re-registered at the Trademarks Office to lighting cameraman Keith Jacobsen, and TVS began trading as an independent production company with no links to the previous company. The new TVS company was actually based in offices at The Maidstone Studios, which had been built by the original TVS company. TVS Television Productions Ltd ceased trading  on 9 March 2012.
Studio facilities 
Northam, Southampton 
The Southampton base was the company's corporate headquarters and their primary production and transmission centre. These studios were purchased by TVS from their predecessor Southern, but TVS were delayed in the purchase of the site by Southern and therefore had to initially operate prior to launch from portakabins in the Southern car park, leading to Southern contemptuously naming them Portakabin TV, as referenced in a satirical song performed by Richard Stilgoe on Southern's final programme. TVS finally completed the purchase of the Southampton site, equipment, news library and staff pension fund in August 1981. Also included in the sale was land purchased by Southern for planned new studios in Maidstone. Upon purchase TVS made significant investment, including building a new scenery block to the rear of the existing site. After losing their contract TVS sold the studios to their successor Meridian in mid-1992. The studios were closed by Meridian in 2004 and were demolished in 2010.
Vinters Park, Maidstone 
The studios to serve the south-eastern section of Television South's transmission area were at Vinters Park near Maidstone in Kent. The site was originally acquired by Southern who had commissioned a conceptual design for new studio facilities on the site. Following the award of the franchise to TVS, Southern sold the site to the new company at a premium. Construction commenced in early 1982 and the first studios at the centre became operational in mid-1983.
The Maidstone Studios, though significant (and home to many networked shows) were ancillary to those in Southampton which were the company's corporate headquarters. Meridian, the new licensee, were not offered the studios as TVS initially intended to become an independent producer. However Meridian agreed to rent the newsroom and facilities for an initial 10 year period from 1993. Following the sale of TVS in 1993, the studios were acquired by TVS's new owners IFE and Meridian's agreement came to a premature end.
The studios, on Russell Street, were originally the south-eastern base of Southern Television from which Scene South East and Scene Midweek were broadcast, and were essentially a news gathering operation with transmission facilities for regional news opt-outs. TVS used Dover as a regional studio for a year until completion of Vinters Park when they disposed of the site. The buildings have since been demolished and the site is now used as a car park.
TVS Television Theatre 
TVS acquired the former Plaza Cinema in Gillingham, Kent as a stop gap measure between the commencement of broadcasting and the completion of Vinters Park. The theatre was quickly converted for television use ready for the start of broadcasting. The decision to operate a television theatre was against the trend in television at that time as both the BBC and Thames Television were to dispose of similar facilities in the next two years.
Production at Gillingham was limited. It was used for several quiz shows and it was the base of the regional afternoon magazine show Not for Women Only and TVS filmed the UK inserts for Fraggle Rock there. TVS sold the theatre in 1988 to an independent production company. For a period afterwards the site was used for other activities before being demolished to make way for redevelopment. A campaign to have it listed failed as the large-scale conversion for television production had made it unsuitable for listing.
Regional Offices 
TVS maintained small news studios in Brighton, Reading and Poole. Each studio had a single camera and a cut down version of the interview set to enable down the line interviews. These centres were each manned by a news team consisting of two reporters, a cameraman, sound man and electrician with a helicopter links equipped vehicle. The studios were based in the Brighton Conference Centre, Reading Civic Centre and Poole Arts Centre.
Westminster Studio for Parliamentary coverage, TVS had a 2 camera studio in the basement of the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Broad Sanctuary as well as a news crew. This facility was available for hire to other broadcasting organisations when not needed by TVS. One feature was a remote operated camera mounted on the roof of the centre giving a clear shot of the Houses of Parliament for use as a live backdrop. In addition TVS maintained sales offices in London and Manchester.
Sub Regions 
TVS operated a dual region, where the company both offered different services for the South and South East of England. This was primarily a different edition of the flagship Coast to Coast news programme from a different base and with a different presenting team. However, some other local programming was produced solely for the South or South East and as a result programming would differ either between sub regions or pan regional programmes.
At the beginning of TVS's time as contractor, the company used separate presentation for each sub region, with a caption declaring the sub region below the clock so viewers could differentiate between programmes for the whole region, or for their sub region. This practice was dropped after a year or so.
TVS's identity featured a six coloured symbol that formed up in three stages from the outside in before panning out and sitting alongside the TVS lettering, accompanied by a shortened version of the station theme New Forest Rondo. There were different variations for weekday and weekend, which only differed in the pan out to the lettering. The ident was shot initially in film of a mechanical model, but was later shot using video effects and from 1985, a computer generated version of the ident was used. Accompanying this ident was a clock on a black background with the six TVS colours either side, and an ident sequence following the theme 'For the best view of the South' which was used prior to the news.
In September,1987, following Greg Dyke's departure from TVS, the stations presentation was completely overhauled, with the new idents designed by John Hayman and a new jingle by Ed Welch. The new idents featured metallic TVS lettering which would spin out, turning into a metallic logo before spinning back to the lettering. The rainbow colour effects are still included, which are included when the logo spins. Three versions were produced, a normal ident, a short ident where the TVS logo rotated into the lettering, and a minute extended ident featuring video from the regions that was used upon startup and in some of the longer junctions. No clock was included in the look. The idents were all against a grey gradient background and featured the caption 'Television South' below the end lettering.
This ident was altered slightly in the Auttum of 1989 following the restructuring so that the ident was against a gradient blue background and cut in to the rotation of the logo into the lettering. The caption was changed to 'Television' to reflect the stations technical name of TVS Television, and the music was altered slightly to be bolder. Against the blue background, the metallic lettering now has the appearance of glass or perspex. This ident was used by TVS until they went off air on 31 December 1992, when a special ident with the caption 'Thanks for Watching' was used to close the final TVS programme.
Regional programming was a key part of TVS's commitments to the IBA. TVS's News Service covered the entire dual region – a vast swathe of the South and South East of England. Two entirely separate editions of the TVS nightly regional news programme Coast to Coast were developed to produce daily news coverage across the area. Both the South and South East editions won the Royal Television Society's awards for the Best News Programme of the Year, in 1983 (South East edition), and in 1989 and 1991 (South edition).
Apart from news, TVS produced a vast array of programming in-house including regional gardening: That's Gardening, business: Enterprise South, farming: Farm Focus, investigative current affairs: Facing South and light entertainment: Off the Record. An award winning title was the Country Ways series, which examined the people and places of the region and continued in production for ITV Meridian until 2008.
TVS also innovated with the experimental Afternoon Club, a dedicated programme encompassing a number of afternoon soap operas, quiz shows etc. linked by general chat and guests etc. They also produced their own afternoon magazine show Not for Women Only. The station was also instrumental in providing separate non-news programmes for the South, South East and Thames Valley areas including the chat show, Coast to Coast People, and the listings guide This Way Out.
In common with their predecessor, TVS had a strong performance in children's programming. Early successes included Saturday morning show No. 73 which launched the career of Sandi Toksvig was networked from the second series, On Safari, TVS's first pre-transmission production, The Witches and the Grinnygog, Fraggle Rock, The Boy Who Won the Pools, Get Fresh, and Knights of God. Later successes included Motormouth, The Storyteller, TUGS, How 2, Finders Keepers and Art Attack.
As they became established TVS made significant contributions to network drama (through their tie-up with LWT) with shows such as the detective series C.A.T.S. Eyes. The production of the Inspector Wexford Mysteries (1987-1992, and 1993-1997 for Meridian), television adaptations of Ruth Rendell's novels, proved to be a success with over fifteen programmes being made over a ten-year period.
TVS also provided a number of networked factual and science-based programs including In The Mouth of the Dragon and The Real World which was twice broadcast in 3D (a groundbreaking TV first in the UK) with special glasses given away with TV Times magazine.
Light Entertainment programming included a number of series starring Bobby Davro, Ultra Quiz, Catchphrase, Concentration, Summertime Special, from the Bournemouth Conference Centre, and the sitcoms Perfect Scoundrels and That's Love.
See also 
- Starter's orders for the great ITV stakes The Guardian (1959-2003); May 10, 1980;
- "Names of companies awarded new ITV franchises will be announced tomorrow" By David Hewson. The Times, Saturday, 27 December 1980 pg. 3
- Southern and Westward TV lose franchises and others to be restructured. By Kenneth Gosling.The Times, Monday, 29 December 1980;
- "The £400 million rush for a TV franchise" By Tony Robinson, The Observer; 11 May 1980
- Teleview. Elkan Allan. The Times, Saturday, Jun 27, 1981; pg. 9
- "TV company 'to go it alone" By Kenneth Gosling. The Times Thursday, Dec 10, 1981 pg. 14
- IBA looks ahead with confidence. By Kenneth Gosling. The Times, Thursday, Dec 31, 1981
- "After the break" The Guardian; Dec 30, 1980;
- Whitbread buys £6m TVS stake. By Derek Harris Commercial Editor. The Times, Thursday, Apr 12, 1984; pg. 18
- £18m TVS stake sold. Cliff Feltham. The Times Tuesday, November 11, 1986; pg. 28
- NEWS IN BRIEF: Ex TV-am editor gets new job The Guardian (1959-2003); Aug 17, 1984;
- "ITV companies adjust their sets" By Higham, Nick The Observer; Nov 2, 1986;
- "Dyke off to LWT." Times London, England 10 Apr. 1987,
- TVS tunes in with 62% leap in profits. Carol Ferguson. The Times (London, England), Wednesday, January 14, 1987;
- Television South nudges hard to enter the Big Five circle. The Times , Wednesday, January 14, 1987;
- TVS up 51%. The Times Wednesday, January 13, 1988; pg. 23
- Can Gatward make the kitten purr? Fraser, Nicholas The Observer; Nov 5, 1989;
- TVS fine tuning.The Times, Wednesday, July 01, 1987; pg. 24
- TV South reported to have bought US company Staff Reporter The Guardian (1959-2003); Jul 1, 1988;
- French join Television South in £190m purchase of MTM. Michael Tate. The Times, Thursday, July 07, 1988; pg. 27
- Roaring kitten digs claws into TVS profit. Martin Waller. The Times, Friday, September 22, 1989
- TVS times in to £26m and spreading interests by 1992. Martin Waller. The Times, Wednesday, January 11, 1989
- "TVS seeks buyer for 'Hill Street' stake" The Observer Jan 14, 1990;
- TVS blames 35pc profit loss on MTM" Tony May, The Guardian; Jan 17, 1990;
- Hurd backs TV 'revolution'.Richard Evans, Media Editor. The Times, Thursday, July 20, 1989; pg. 3
- TVS's Gatward ousted. Laurence, Ben The Guardian; Feb 12, 1991;
- Four emerge as main contenders for TVS's loss-making MTM company. Laurence, Ben The Guardian; Mar 11, 1991;
- Setback for TVS attempts to sell American offshootLaurance, BenThe Guardian (1959-2003); Feb 9, 1991;
- TVS's £54m bid 'threatens profits'.Melinda Wittstock, Media Correspondent. The Times, Tuesday, August 06, 1991.
- TVS seeks franchise review. The Times, Friday, December 13, 1991
- Meridian to buy main TVS studios.Martin Waller. The Times, Tuesday, December 17, 1991
- American company bids £38m for TVS. The Times, Saturday, September 19, 1992
- TVS board Backs £38M bid for US cable Group. The Times (London, England), Tuesday, September 22, 1992.
- Second potential bidder for TVS. By our Deputy City Editor.The Times (London, England), Wednesday, November 04, 1992.
- Evangelist may be sole runner for TVS. Martin Waller. The Times, Thursday, November 26, 1992
- Evangelist may be sole runner for TVS. Martin Waller.The Times, Thursday, November 26, 1992
- TVS bid opposed. The Times, Friday, December 11, 1992;
- Evangelist to lift TVS offer. By our Deputy City Editor. The Times, Saturday, January 09, 1993
- TVS dissidents try for a better offer. Martin Waller, The Times (London, England), Wednesday, January 06, 1993
- Robertson wins TVS. The Times, Saturday, January 23, 1993;
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