June Buchan biography

June Buchan  joined Granada’s London office as a programme secretary in 1973, working on State of the Nation. She remained there for six months before leaving only to return shortly as the London programme secretary on World In Action. In 1973 she applied for a job as a Production Assistant in Manchester where she was…

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June Buchan talks about working on the programme ‘So It Goes’

Well then it got quite interesting because I went onto So It Goes which was a music programme with Tony Wilson and it was very, very demanding. It was very high tech, the first series. I don’t know what happened with the second series but I remember we had something like, I don’t know, two…

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June Buchan talks about Granada as a company

Can we talk about Granada as a company. I mean what kind of company do you have it, how do you see it as a company… Then I saw it as a family firm. I thought they looked after their staff incredibly well, the Bernsteins were still there. It did feel like one great big…

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June Buchan talks about the importance of the Granada canteen

The Canteen was a kind of a melting pot of ideas and conversations, and in those days you could smoke in the canteen. I remember they had these horrible tinny little ashtrays, they were sort of, what’s the word, shiny orange, turquoise or green and I think they had the same ones in the Granada…

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June Buchan on trade unions at Granada TV

What about the unions, trade unions and various problems? Yes I do remember quite a bit about that. I was a member I can’t remember whether we had to be members or not? Did we – right? I remember a lot of union meetings in a big room up on the 2nd floor I think.…

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June Buchan on Granada’s links with the region

What about Granada’s position within Manchester? How important was it to the region? Oh I think hugely important, I really do. Granada Reports, very important programme. I think people identified with it, I think people identified with people like Bob Greaves and Tony, Trevor Hyett and who was that lovely man, erm, he had been…

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June Buchan talks about working on the programme ‘Coronation Street’

Tell me about your time on Coronation Street. I loved it, I absolutely loved it but I found it quite difficult because I got on quite well with local filming, documentary filming but drama was something else, particularly filming I found difficult because I never quite grasped ‘crossing the line’, I never quite understood what…

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