Themes Television's logo music may be found online by googling 'Themes  
Television's logo music'.
Don Chichester
In a message dated 7/4/2013 7:42:20 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
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Thank  you for all that, Chris. I don't watch much TV nowadays, but living 
in England  until 1998 I enjoyed a lot of it. I enjoyed American programs 
too, broadcast  in Britain, and was amused by the way the writing fell into 
segments: you  could tell where the commercial breaks were in the USA even 
though the ads  themselves were missing. American network TV is written around 
the adverts! In  the mid-1980s I was living in southwest London; I wish I 
had a recording of  Themes Television's logo music.
I didn't know  about the archive problem. Of course it stands to reason - 
nobody invests in  broadcasting as a public service, any more than 
politicians serve because it  is their duty. 

Donald Clarke

On Jul 4, 2013, at 5:00 AM, Chris  J Brady wrote:

However the other disaster in the making which endures  today is that the 
archives of these ITV companies were never consolidated into  any one place. 
As the companies lost / gained / traded their franchises their  archives 
were scattered far and wide. Indeed many defining programmes were  simply wiped 
or junked - much like the BBC did with its own programmes.  

It was only through the private off-air recording of early enthusiasts  
such as Bob Monkhouse that many of these programmes were 'saved' albeit still  
locked away in vaults and never made available, but at least hopefully to be 

BSkyeB's archives are a case in point. Most programmes were  lost from the 
early days. Now there is a world-wide search for what  remains.

Anglia TV made a name for itself with it documentaries and  nature 
programmes. It lost its franchise, the archives were lost  too.

Luckily many t.v. and radio programmes in the 1960s onwards were  
home-taped and are now appearing on torrent sites.

But even now the BBC  is not really interested in its archives especially 
for genre such as folk  music and song. 

I personally have the only off-air recordings of many  defining folk 
programmes from the 1960/70s, e.g. Folkweave and London Folk  Song Cellar. We know 
that the masters have all been dumped. The BBC doesn't  want them. The BL 
Sound Archives aren't interested. Even the folk scene isn't  interested. So 
how do I get the material back into the public domain? I can't.  So the 
recordings will eventually get dumped anyway.

However there is  one shining light in the whole sorry mess - the Pirate 
Radios of the 1960/70s,  e.g. Radio London, Radio Caroline, even such as Radio 
Sutch, et al. Archival  recordings are tracked down, processed, and 
uploaded to a huge data store by  true enthusiasts - and this is available to the 


---  On Wed, 3/7/13, Donald Clarke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  From: Donald Clarke <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re:  [ARSCLIST] Folk Music in America
> To: [log in to unmask]
>  Date: Wednesday, 3 July, 2013, 17:27
> Independent commercial television  in
> Britain was very good, because it had to compete with the
>  BBC; the people who owned it described it as a license to
> print money:  somehow they made good programs without garish
> commercial intrusion  every 15 minutes, as in this country.
> Then Mrs Thatcher put it all out  to bid and the result was a
> disaster. The people who gobbled it up  spent so much money
> outbiding each other that they had no money to  make
> programs. It took them a decade to recover, if they ever
>  did. I was a fan of Thatcher's government, but she made
> mistakes, and  that was one of them. The people who bid to
> buy airwaves will do so  only because they think they'll make
> money. 
>  DC