Pete Terry – Biography

Pete Terry joined Granada TV as an assistant graphic artist in 1979 after a stint with ATV in the Midlands. He eventually went on to become head of Graphics. During his time at Granada he worked on programmes such as World In Action, Granada Reports and much of Granada’s sports output. In his interview he…

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Pete Terry talks about how he came to join Granada

I was freelancing in Birmingham, ATV – which no longer exists, of course – in the centre of Birmingham. I got a contract there straight from college. I was in the design department, and I had, I think, a nine-month contract to work on their winter campaign of 1979. So this was 1978. A number…

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Pete Terry remembers his early days in Graphics

In those early days, you come in as an assistant graphic designer, or even a junior assistant graphic designer. You always go, or we used to, onto the local news. That would have been Granada Reports. The ITV company has retained that name. That’s to my knowledge, the only real link with the past now.…

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Pete Terry describes working on sports programmes

Well, sport then was… and of course, the Northwest as we all know, was a hotbed of football then as it is very much now. I wouldn’t have done it in that first three months, but certainly then in the following year or so. We had been working on local sports programmes. Of course one…

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Pete Terry talks about World In Action

I think as a junior for about 18 months, and then you go up to full graphic designer. I’ve got to say, our department, I was one of the youngest going in I think, when I started there 23, 22. The department was made up really, of more early middle-aged people. But a couple of…

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Pete Terry on the technical aspects of graphics

Letraset was… in the background, there was this looming coming of electronic graphics we heard about. You’d hear about it and perhaps read articles about it in trade magazines. But that was in the future. That was to happen in 1986, the electronic graphics department started at Granada TV. But when I moved on from…

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Pete Terry on the advent of electronic graphics

So the advent of electronic must have caused major ripples within the graphics department? It did. It did for all of us in a way, because we had all… we were all of a certain age. And of course, this is before the mobile phones and before the household PC, household computer. So, we as…

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Pete Terry talks about changes in graphics

Yes. And the graphic design department had changed considerably because we had a merger, and I can’t remember when exactly, probably late-1990s, ‘98, ‘97. I can’t remember exactly, with which I’m sure a lot of colleagues will remember when we merged with the BBC to form a kind of production company called 360 Media. So,…

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Pete Terry on his pride for Granada

I’d like to put on record that I was proud to be part of I think Granada, and I think still part of its golden heyday early on. And I was able to work on some great programmes, meeting very interesting people. World in Action, right? I had a great respect for Ray Fitzwalter and…

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