Grampian Television started on September 30th 1961
Of the seven applicants for this franchise, the group who won was fronted by Lord Boyd-Orr, with the Donald Brothers (controllers of most local theatres and cinemas) and famous author Sir Compton Mackenzie. They were joined by Lord Boothby, having failed to gain the West Country franchise now moved to the opposite end of the kingdom. Learning from his previous errors, His Lordship stated "our programmes will have a Scottish and local emphasis." With support from the Bishop of Aberdeen and Field Marshall Lord Harding, while others in the consortium included Lady Maud Baillie, sister of the Prime Minister's wife, the Lord Provost of Elgin, Lord Semphill, Maitland Mackie, George Roberts of Aberdeen Town Council, Mrs James Mackie of Insch, Dr James Buchanan, Ministry of Health Banff, John Paton, Provost Robert Forman of Peterhead, and David Allen and Sons, billposters!
North of Scotland TV (as it was originally known) had as its first chairman prominent local cinema owner Sir Alexander King, with his deputy Capt Iain Tennant (Elgin). The remainder of the board were also all Scottish, Viscount Colville (Inverbervie), Major Michael Crighton Stuart (Falkland), Lord Forbes of Alford, John N Milne (Aberdeen), Angus Ogilvy (Kirriemuir), DL Urquhart (Forfar), Provost Robert Wotherspoon (Inverness) and E O'Donnell.
The third main contender, North Caledonia Television, included playwright Eric Linklater and Tom Johnston, former Secretary of State for Scotland, with Colonel Cameron of Lochiel as Chairman.
An unsuccessful bidder for the franchise was headed by Sir James Hutchison, Earl of Wemyss.

Grampian TV schedules
Grampian TV TAM ratings

Titbit: Richard Hearne was the guest on Grampian's Viewfinder programme on June 24th 1966. He was interviewed by James Buchan.
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Grampian TV Programmes for Opening Weekend
Saturday Sept 30th 1961:
2.45pm Grampian Joins the Family
2.46 Racing from Catterick; Wrestling from Wembley
5.00 Soccer Results
5.05 The Terrific Adventures of the Terrible Ten
5.20 Scotsport
5.45 News
5.50 Thank Your Lucky Stars
6.30 Gun Law
7.00 Greetings from Grampian
7.30 The Eye Opener Man and Robert Burns
8.25 News
8.30 Ghost Squad
9.30 Arthur Haynes Show
10.00 Deadline Midnight
11.00 77 Sunset Strip
11.50 News
11.55 Weather
11.58 Close down

Sunday Oct 1st 1961:
1.35 Motor Cycle Scramble
2.15 Farming Bulletin
2.20 Route 66
3.15 Call Oxbridge 2000
4.00 Plateau of Fear
4.30 Robin Hood
5.00 Tempo
5.50 Patrick O'Hagan Sings
6.05 News
6.15 Sunday Break
7.00 Service of Dedication for Grampian Stdios
7.25 News
7.30 Maverick
8.25 London Palladium Show
9.25 News
9.35 Drama '61
10.35 Interpol Calling
11.00 Whiplash
11.25 Weather
11.26 Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Monday April 30th 1962
2.35 Schools- 3.45
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 Lassie
5.55 News
6.05 News and Views
6.30 Weather Forecast
6.31 The Buccaneers
7.00 Time to Remember
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Playdate: The Touch of Light
9.00 News
9.15 Wagon Train
10.10 Find the Singer
10.35 Serenade
11.05 News Headlines
11.07 Three of a Kind
11.35 Weather & Road Report
Evening Prayers

Grampian TV Programmes for Monday April 1st 1963
2.30 Racing from Folkestone- 4.30
4.45 Small Time
5.00 Seeing Sport
5.25 The New Adventures of Pinocchio
5.28 Robin Hood
5.54 Weather & News
6.06 Grampian News
6.10 Huckleberry Hound
6.15 Mister Ed
6.40 You've Had It
7.00 A' the Airts
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Aye Yours
9.00 News
9.15 Ben Casey
10.10 University Challenge
10.30 World in Action
11.02 News Headlines
11.04 Dateline
11.14 Adventures of Aggie
11.39 Weather & Road Report
11.41 Evening Prayers

Grampian TV Programmes for Thursday April 9th 1964
4.30 Romper Room
5.00 Criss Cross Quiz
5.25 Sir Francis Drake
5.55 News; Grampian News
6.10 I'm Dickens, He's Fenster
6.40 Out of Town
7.00 Double Your Money
7.30 It's Little Richard
8.00 Rawhide
8.55 News
9.10 This Week
9.40 Ben Casey
10.40 What the Papers Say
10.55 News; Dateline
11.10 Granada in Europe
11.36 Weather; Road Report; Prayers

Grampian TV Programmes for Friday April 15th 1966
11.54am- 12.30pm Out of School
4.20 Crossroads
4.45 Romper Room
5.00 Five O'Clock Club
5.25 Secret Squirrel; Weather
5.55 ITN News; Grampian News
6.10 Grampian Week
6.40 Sportscope
7.00 Ready Steady Go
7.30 Emergency- Ward 10
8.00 Redcap
8.55 ITN News; Weather
9.10 Cinema
9.40 Man in Room 17
10.35 News
10.38 Political Points North
11.08 Dateline
11.18 Prayers
11.23 Weather; Road Report; Close down

Grampian TV Programmes for Saturday September 21st 1968
10.30 Liberal Party Assembly from Edinburgh (break from 11.05-11.40 Going Places)
12.00 World of Sport - On the Ball, Angling, Boxing, Racing from Redcar, Show Jumping, Wrestling, Golf ; Results
5.15 Skippy - May Day part 1
5.45 News and Highland League Results
5.50 Lost in Space - Space Destructors
6.45 Frost on Saturday
7.30 Here Come the Cowboys
9.00 Cliff Richard at the Movies; News and Weather
10.10 Saturday Special- Geraint Evans at Covent Garden
11.10 The Christian Now
11.30 Letters from The Dead - One Man Walking

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Grampian Area Top Ten W/e July 14th 1963
1 Coronation Street (July 8) 47%
2= Coronation Street (July 10) 46%
2= Ward Ten (July 12)
4 Bonanza 45%
5 Double Talk 44%
6 Dad You're a Square 42%
7 No Hiding Place 41%
8= Junior A' the Airts (Grampian) 39%
8= Take a Letter
10= Ward Ten (July 9) 38%
10= It's Young Again
Top BBC: Ask Me Another/ Laramie/ Lorna Doone/ Perry Mason (30%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 25th Apr 1965
1 Peyton Place 70%
2= Francie and Josie 68%
2= This Week
4 Take Your Pick 67%
5= No Hiding Place 64%
5= Bothy Nights (Grampian)
7= Coronation Street (Apr 19th) 62%
7= The Saint
9 Coronation Street (Apr 21st) 59%
10= Criss Cross Quiz 58%
10= Emergency Ward 10 (Apr 20th)
Top BBC programme: Perry Mason (47%)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 10th Apr 1966
1 Bothy Nights (Grampian) 62%
2 This Week 59%
3= Coronation Street (Apr 6th) 58%
3= Peyton Place (Apr 7th)
5= Double Your Money 55%
5= Wednesday People (Grampian)
7 F Troop 54%
8= Des O'Connor Show 53%
8= Weavers Green (Apr 7th)
10 Emergency Ward 10 (Apr 5th) 52
Top BBC programmes: Love Affair (film) AND Dr Finlay's Casebook (37%)

Grampian Area Top Ten W/e Aug 20th 1967
1 Opportunity Knocks 48%
2 Bruce Forsyth Show 46%
3 The Fugitive 44%
4= Coronation Street (Aug 14) 43%
4= Did You See Una?
4= Miss United Kingdom (BBC)
7 Sorry I'm Single (BBC) 42%
8= Summer Playhouse 41%
8= News at Ten (Aug 14)
8= News at Ten (Aug 15)
8= Coronation Street (Aug 16)
8= News at Ten (Aug 18)

TAM ratings for Grampian region w/e 16th June 1968
1= Bothy Nichts (Grampian) 57%
1= Peyton Place (June 13th)
3 News at Ten (June 13th) 52%
4= News at Ten (June 12th) 50%
4= Man In A Suitcase
6 Film The Naked Edge (Grampian) 49%
7 Film The Burning Hills (Grampian) 48%
8= News at Ten (June 10th) 47%
8= Take Your Pick
8= News at Ten (June 14th)
8= Des O'Connor Show
Top BBC programme: Quizburgh (32%)

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