Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Ulster Television

I've discovered this interesting article about the formation of Ulster Television which is now, incidentally, similar in age to self! It is on page nine.

The Henderson brothers were the Province's media barons, in those days; they practically owned Ulster Television and the Newsletter newspaper. The former family residence was Norwood Tower, a fine castellated pile in its own grounds off the Circular Road in east Belfast; in fact the grounds stretched from Circular Road to Sydenham Avenue and possibly to part of the Holywood Road at one time, since Clonaver House was reputedly the dower house. Haven't times changed? I stopped watching Ulster Television - or UTV as they now call themselves - when we acquired satellite television a few years ago. We now watch ITV 1 London instead.

Ulster Television's ethos has changed considerably since the Hendersons left, doubtless to reflect Northern Ireland in a more balanced manner, UTV would claim. To my mind their marketing and advertisements are largely parochial; though they always have been, haven't they? Personally, I prefer to view a broader picture, with British values and characteristics. I obtain local news from the Internet these days.

6 comments :

Robert J.E. Simpson said...

Thanks for pointing out that interesting family history! My father used to work for Cpt. Bill Henderson, and I have very fond memories of my youth relating to the Hendersons.

The old Glenmachan estate (now developed into Kennel Bridge etc.) was part of the Henderson property too...

Timothy Belmont said...

Capt & Mrs Henderson still retain strong links in the area; they worship at St Mark's.

Robert J.E. Simpson said...

Oh, I didn't know that! That's just round the corner too... mind you, I'm spoilt for choice with churches in Belmont!

Timothy Belmont said...

The earldom has its fair share of ecclesiastical piles. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ulster Televison is no longer. It has been rebranded as U.TV hiding the word 'Ulster' which is said to be off-putting to some of the audience.

Timothy Belmont said...

What? Like the disbandment of the Royal Ulster Constabulary? You are right.

The First Minister had a blazing row with them last year over their policy about the non-wearing of poppies by staff.

Tim