Trevor Hyett – biography

Wigan born Trevor Hyett cut his journalistic teeth as editor of the Young Communist Party newspaper, Challenge, and later on the Morning Star before joining the TV Times. It was here that he came into contact with Gus Macdonald when he was doing a feature about World In Action. Gus signed him up initially as…

Read More

Trevor Hyett describes how he joined Granada TV

Basically, I knew Gus MacDonald socially. And I was working for the TV Times and persuaded the features editor – I was doing the billings for the London region, you know, ‘7:00: Crossroads’ kind of thing, and I persuaded the features editor that it’s important to have a feature on World in Action because they…

Read More

Trevor Hyett on Granada and the North

I think to work for Granada you had to buy into the non-metropolitan attitude, and that was a source of great pride as well actually. It wasn’t just a northern thing about ‘soft southerners’ or anything clichéd of that sort, it was, we are a distinct culture actually, and Sidney knew that, even though he…

Read More

Trevor Hyett on introducing Ted Heath to George Harrison

And another great historic moment was in 1977, when Tony had just finished and finished interviewing George Harrison and I was about to interview Ted Heath. Ted Heath then long… I mean, this is now three years since he lost those two elections in 1974, and this was his first book I think, the one…

Read More

Trevor Hyett remembers interviewing Muhammad Ali

My four years – 1974-1978 – with Granada Reports are still the best years of my working life. There are many highlights. One was a half-hour interview with Muhammad Ali in 1975. He was promoting a book, an autobiography, and I had to go down to ITN in Wells Street so do it, at three…

Read More

Trevor Hyett has fond memories of his colleagues

Bob Greaves was wonderful. I used to sit and marvel as how he could do that job with such a naturalness and a relaxedness, and that he knew enough about so much to conduct any kind of interview with any kind of person for local news. Tony, of course, was just at such a… Tony…

Read More

Trevor Hyett on working on C4’s Union World

I only stopped working on it (On the Market) because one of my favourite programmes asked me to go join them as a reporter, which was Union World, and I was a big supporter of Gus (Macdonald), and very proud of the fact that I knew the man who introduced two very important programme to…

Read More

Trevor Hyett on what he enjoyed most about Granada

Granada is the place that gives me the biggest and strongest and deepest feelings of satisfaction and pride, and that will remain the case. The importance of the social life, I vaguely mentioned that. I think it was crucial actually. But I got the sense that it was… I was trying to say earlier, that…

Read More

Trevor Hyett defines ‘Granadaland’

The thing I liked about Granada generally was its non-metropolitan attitude and that’s what I think gave us distinctiveness was the fact that Sidney started off in the very beginning, “We will not be London-based, we will never be London-based.” I had a little office in Golden Square but essentially Granada was Manchester, much to…

Read More

Trevor Hyett on trade unions and what he was paid

I was in the NUJ; I’d been in the NUJ for a long time, since I was 21 when I was editor of that paper I mentioned earlier. The ACTT of course were the union with the muscle, and I always found actually… Gus would take the mickey out of us because every now and…

Read More