Summary of Document
The file is split into two parts. The first section consists of minutes of the meetings of the Independent Television Committee and the schedules sent out for proposed meetings. These date between February 1987 and November 1988. The meetings discuss mainly technical issues on the running of Channel 4. The Independent Television Committee consisted of representatives of the IBA, BT, TTT (Tyne Tees Television) and ITN. BT sent out proposed agendas for the meetings, which proceed the meeting minutes in this file. There are occasional handwritten notes on the agendas or on the back. The second section contains written replies to the meetings action points. These are often quite brief and are in less detail than the meeting minutes.
The items on the meeting agendas are: Digital Sound Circuits, Network Injection, Faults of Special Interest, Vision Network Performance, Sound Network Performance, Provision Matters, Digital Network, Remote Control and Network Switching and 24hr broadcasting. The content of the meetings is therefore quite technical, with discussion of setting up switchers to change the time from GMT to BST. Network switching seems to be an important topic, with planning of remote operation. This was due to the move by broadcasters to 24 hour broadcasting. It was proposed that early broadcasting (6am-9.25am) would begin in 1989 on channel 4 and advertising would be inserted by TVam during this time slot. 1990 would be the beginning of cessation of sound transmitter feeds on the ITV network. Staffing for 24 hour broadcasting was also discussed, as this involved costs, so the committee agreed to assess the viability of 24 staffing in different regions. These points were discussed at IBA Crawly Court on 6/9/1988 at 11.30am.
The second section of the file is entitled “Action Points” and consists of written replies to the action points of the meetings by the Independent Television Service Committee. Examples include GMT – BST clock changes, late order fees, remote control and network switching, cancellation and alteration fees and the Belfast link. There are also replies regarding 24 hour broadcasting regarding staffing and costs which includes a staffing schedule for present and proposed times where 8am-5pm being the standard business day. Additionally this section of the file contains a table of Television link performance requirements containing targets and relaxed acceptance figures. There is also a list of BT list of station codes.