David Highet remembers Granada’s first broadcast from Exchange Flags

June 1980, it took few months to get all the bits and pieces put together and have a few dry runs. I remember Roger Blyth presenting the first news programme from Liverpool which was very exciting and it was made rather, even more interesting because the shot of the presenter looked out across the studio and into Exchange Flags with the Town Hall majestically in the distance. Only on this occasion between the window of the studio and the majestic Town Hall was Professor Lewis Lesley holding up a placard suggesting it was all a put-up job! So I was vastly amused and let him get on with it but suggested to Shorty that maybe we got a slightly different camera shot, which he had already done anyway! Shorty was Mike Short, the Producer, by the way. So there was a touch of humour in that exciting first broadcast.

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