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.

An unsuccessful bidder for the franchise was headed by Sir James Hutchison, Earl of Wemyss.
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.

Grampian TV schedules

Grampian TV TAM ratings

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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 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%)

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)

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