Border Television started transmissions on September 1st 1961.

Local newspaper chiefs represented the main rival bidder. Michael Eden, a farmer at Scaleby Castle headed the group, with Robin Fox, theatre producer as vice chairman. A third more optimistic application came from a Mr Eric Jones, proprietor of the Tuscan Villa Hotel in Workington, who did admit, "we realise our plans have not much chance in face of the opposition of the two big groups!" How nice that such mere mortals were trying to get in on the telly bandwagon.
The winners of course were Border TV, a group that included chairman John L Burgess (Cumberland Newspapers) and George Outram (Glasgow Herald etc). Film legend Sir Michael Balcon was the big name behind the scenes. Other initial directors were Viscount Dalrymple of Stranraer, Sir Hector Hetherington (Glasgow University), NH Leyland, GLS Lightfoot, Earl of Lonsdale of Askam Hall, GS Marr, Scott Elliott (Glencaple), JIM Smail (Scremerston), WS Trimble (Carlisle) and John C Wade (Whitehaven). Main Shareholders included Glasgow University, Brasenose College Oxford, Cumberland Newspapers, George Outram & Co, Tweedale Press Ltd and the British Cotton & Wool Dyers Association. Among other local shareholders were JD Hood (Midlem), Sir Percy Hope (Keswick) and Frank Schon (St Bees).
Border TV's Carlisle studios were at the Harraby Estate and were built by Cussins of Newcastle.
The first programme they announced was a 30 minute weekly farming magazine! Of course their most famous contribution, their only significant contribution, to the network was the quiz Mr and Mrs with host Derek Batey.

Robin, Jimmie and Steve starred folk singers Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor, with Steve Benbow in a half hour Border tv show shown on July 30th 1963. It was set in a basement coffee club, and directed by Philip Bray, who said, "we are trying to recreate the popular cellar atmosphere in the studio, so that we can catch musicians in a completely relaxed and natural surrounding"
Border TV schedules: Sun 12th Nov 1961, Fri Dec 15th 1961 Thur 10th May 1962, Wed 16th May 1962, Sat 13th March 1965, Fri 29th Sept 1967, Tues 24th Sept 1968
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Border TV schedule for Sunday 12th November 1961

10.45am Service of Remembrance -11.50am
2.55pm Border Farming Bulletin - with a weekly round-up from the farming industry
3.05 Fireside Hour Substitute Soldier - with Jonathan White and Lloyd Bochner
4.00 Sir Francis Drake - The Prisoner
4.30 Huckleberry Hound
5.00 Tempo - introduced by the Earl of Harewood with The Modern Jazz Quartet, plus John Huston in Vienna
5.50 You Asked For It! - with Michael Cooper: Birthday Spot and Puzzle Corner- children test their musical knowledge
6.05 News from ITN
6.15 Land of Song
7.00 About Religion - Door To Somewhere with Frederick Bartman and William Devlin
7.25 News from ITN
7.30 The Royal Variety Performance- Shirley Bassey, Jack Benny, George Burns, Max Bygraves, Maurice Chevalier
10.25 News from ITN
10.35 Danger Man - The Key
11.05 The First Day of the Week - Allan Cartner reads from the works of Joseph Conrad
11.09 Close-down

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Border TV schedule for Friday December 15th 1961
12.55 Farming Prices (Border TV)
1.00 The One O'Clock Gang - script: HJ Waters. Director: Ian Dalgleish (STV) -1.40
5.00 In Search of Adventure - Treasure Trove with John Mitchell
5.25 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot - Ruby of Radnor
5.55 News from ITN; 6.06 Border Television News and Area Weather Forecast
6.15 Time Out Of Doors- introduced by Derek Batey, including Sports News with Alick Cleaver
6.30 Courting - advertising magazine presented by Joy Beverley and Billy Wright (TTTV)
6.35 A Breath of Fresh Air with Hugh Falkus. Director: David Main (Border TV)
6.45 Here and Now introduced by Huw Thomas
7.00 Have Gun- Will Travel - Hunt The Man Down
7.30 Rendezvous- Cotch's Catch with Dora Bryan and Paul Massie
8.00 This Week
8.30 Take Your Pick
8.55 Bootsie and Snudge - The Second Second World War
9.25 News from ITN
9.35 Playdate - In the Good Time starring Ann Morrish
10.35 Appointment With Rt Hon Dame Patricia Hornsby-Smith
11.00 News Headlines; 11.04 The Man From Interpol - Multi-Murder
11.33 Close-down
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Border TV schedule for Thursday 10th May 1962
12.55 Farming Prices (Border TV)
1.00 The One O'Clock Show - with guest Eden Kane (Tyne Tees TV) - 1.45
3.40 The Royal Windsor Horse Show
5.00 Junior Criss Cross Quiz - with Gordon Luck
5.25 Just Dennis - The Fishing Trip
5.55 News from ITN
6.06 Border Television News and Area Weather Forecast
6.15 Focus - introduced by Maurice Lindsay, with Lister Stott, Marian McNeill and Michael Rudd
6.45 Here and Now
7.00 Double Your Money - with Hughie Green and the 1,000 Treasure Trail
7.30 A Matter of Murder - a 1949 film starring Charles Clapham
8.30 Bootsie and Snudge
9.00 News from ITN
9.15 This Week - introduced by Brian Connell
9.45 Naked City - Bridge Party
10.40 Celebrity Golf - What is Your Handicap? with Jerry Lewis
11.05 Find the Singer 1,000 Contest - with Jim Dale, introduced by Lou Praeger
11.30 News Headlines
11.32 Close-down
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Border TV schedule for Wednesday 16th May 1962

12.55 Farming Prices (Border TV)
1.00 The One O'Clock Gang with Larry Marshall (Scottish TV) - 1.30
3.45 Racing from York
4.45 Small Time -The Musical Box
5.00 Zoo Time - with Desmond Morris plus Chi-Chi
5.25 Huckleberry Hound
5.55 News from ITN
6.06 Border Television News and Area Weather Forecast
6.15 Beat in the Border - Rodney Warr introduces from Dumfries Nan Gibson and Carol Frazer, and from Carlisle's Jazz Workshop Minton's Minions. Guest singer Brian Davies
6.45 Here and Now (A-R)
7.00 Take a Letter - with Robert Holness
7.30 Coronation Street - Feelings rise at the possibility of action from the Town Hall
8.00 Top Secret - The Man from Caratax
9.00 News from ITN
9.15 Survival - The Only Pretty Ring Time
9.45 Startime (ATV)
10.45 Danger Man - Deadline
11.10 News Headlines
11.12 Close down.
Other home made Border programmes during this week included Take a Look at Kendal (May 15th 6.15pm), a 45 minute programme welcoming the town to the Border tv area. On May 18th at 10.40pm What Say They? was a 30 minute Any Questions-type programme, chaired by Patrick Campbell. The previous day, Border had their own late night offerings, resulting in the 11.30pm News Headlines being advertised as "in sound only. Recorded from the studios at ITN." Most curious was the scheduling of Sailor of Fortune, shown on Tuesday May 15th, at 11 in the morning!

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Border TV schedule for Saturday 13th March 1965

12.40 News from ITN
12.50 World of Sport introduced by Eamonn Andrews, with
International Gymnastics from Cardiff (TWW), Amateur Boxing from Stanmore (ATV), Racing from Hereford (ABC), Basketball from Crystal Palace with Joe Jagger (ATV), and Wrestling from Barnsley (ABC). Sports Results Service
5.15 The Forest Rangers - Pitfall
5.40 Border Sports Results
5.45 News from ITN and
Border Weekend Weather
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars- introduced by Brian Matthew, with guest disc jockey Keith Skues. Tonight: The Bachelors, Joe Brown, The Moody Blues
6.35 The Adventures of Francie and Josie - Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy in The Volunteers
7.00 A Town Like Alice - a film starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch
9.00 News from ITN
9.10 Peyton Place
9.40 Gideon's Way - Big Fish, Little Fish
10.35 Let's Sing Out - with Oscar Brand. This week: Huron College
11.05 On the Braden Beat
11.30 Rugby Union - Championship Final Durham v Warwickshire from Hartlepool (TTTV)
12.1 Border Weekend Weather Forecast and Goodnight.

Note: At 6.35 Border screened an episode from the last series of STV's The Adventures of Francie and Josie. Rikki Fulton as Josie and Jack Milroy as Francie starred. This episode also featured Ethel Scott, Glen Michael and Clem Ashby, with Maud Risdon, Ros Drinkwater, Carol Page, Brian Carey, Paul Johnson, and David McKall. The script was by Stan Mars. Producer: Liam Hood. Director: James Sutherland

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Border TV schedule for Friday 29th September 1967
By this stage, Border were producing considerably less of their own programmes.

2.05 For Schools - The Land and the People/Evolution -3pm
4.40 Anniversary - Border birthday greetings
4.45 The Tingha and Tucker Club
5.00 The Adventures of Robin Hood - Six Strings to His Bow rpt
5.25 Come Here Often
5.55 News from ITN
6.05 Border News and Lookaround with Regional Weather Forecast
6.35 Crossroads - Mrs Wragg: Oh, thank goodness you're here at last Mr Rafael
7.00 Sportsweek - with Tony Maylam (ATV)
7.30 Take Your Pick - a special edition from HMS Queen Mary
9.00 Inheritance - Murder with James Bolam, John Thaw
10.00 News from ITN
10.29 Border Weather Forecast
10.30 The Frost Programme
11.15 The Phyllis Diller Show - Phyllis the Milkmaid
11.45 Border News Summary
11.48 Goodnight.

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Border TV schedule for Tuesday 24th September 1968

2.00 For Schools - Your Money Your Life/ I am An Engineer -2.45pm
4.35 Anniversary - Border birthday greetings
4.40 The Sooty Show
5.10 Magpie
5.50 News from ITN
6.00 Border News and Lookaround
6.35 Crossroads
7.00 The Tuesday Film - We're No Angels starring Humphrey Bogart
8.45 Miss ITV - heat number 4
9.15 The Three Happiest Years- study of students at the University of Warwick
10.00 News from ITN
10.29 Border Weather
10.30 The System - Them Down There with Patricia Haines, Bernard Lee, Jon Ronane, Martin Shaw
Singing for Your Supper - Suddenly Everyone Burst Out Singing
11.40 Border News
Goodnight.

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Border TV initially refused to cooperate with TAM, on the grounds that it was too expensive.

TAM ratings for Border TV area w/e 17th February 1963
1 Take Your Pick 71%
2 Double Your Money 69%
3 Coronation Street Feb 13th 67%
4 Take a Letter 64%
5= Coronation Street Feb 11th 62%
5= Emergency Ward 10 Feb 15th
7 Here and Now (STV) 59%
8 Country Style (Border TV) 58%
9 Dixon of Dock Green (BBC) 56%
10= Steptoe and Son (BBC) 55%
10= Focus About the Home (Border).

TAM ratings for Border TV week ending 26th October 1963
1 Coronation Street Oct 23rd 74%
2 Coronation Street Oct 21st 72%
3 Take Your Pick 71%
4 Emergency Ward 10 Oct 22nd 64%
5 Double Your Money 63%
6 Emergency Ward 10 Oct 25th 58%
7= Discs A GoGo 57%
7= University Challenge
7= Take A Letter
10 International Football (A-R) 56%.
Top BBC rating was for Z Cars with a mere 35%

TAM ratings for Border TV area w/e 22nd March 1964
1 Coronation Street (Mar 18th) 71%
2= Coronation Street (Mar 16th) 70%
2= Take Your Pick
4 Double Your Money 68%
5 Crane 63%
6 Discs A Go-Go 62%
7 Sykes an a Poisoning (BBC) 60%
8= The Beverly Hillbillies 59%
8= Take A Letter
8= Conservative Party Political

TAM ratings for Border TV area w/e 19th February 1966
1 Crossroads (Feb 15th) 70%
2 Crossroads (Feb 16th) 66%
3 Double Your Money 65%
4= Lookaround (Border- Feb 15th) 64%
4= Crossroads (Feb 17th)
6= Lookaround (Feb 14th) 63%
6= Crossroads (Feb 14th)
6= Coronation Street (Feb 16th)
9 Lookaround (Feb 16th) 61%
10= Coronation Street (Feb 14th) 59%
Top BBC was The Western (Passion) with 53%

TAM ratings for Border TV area w/e 1st December 1968
1 University Challenge 52%
2= Border News/ Look Around Nov 25th 49%
2= Crossroads Mon Nov 25th
2= Crossroads Tues Nov 26th
2= Coronation Street Nov 27th
2= Crossroads Nov 29th
2= Val Doonican Show (BBC)
8= Border News/ Look Around Nov 26th 48%
8= Border News/ Look Around Nov 28th
8= Sportsnight with Coleman (BBC)
8= Songs of Scotland (BBC)

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