BRUCE ANDERSON

Bruce Anderson joined Granada Television from art college in November 1968 as a trainee cameraman.

Most of his time was spent in studio or on outside broadcasts, working on programmes such as Coronation Street, University ChallengeWhat The Papers Say and many other studio based programmes.

At the age of 23 he was elected as a Manchester Labour councillor for the Longsight district and although his election came as something of a surprise he was given full support by the company including at least one day a week off work in order to fulfill his elected duties.

He also became very active in the union – the ACTT – becoming chair of the shop committee and later national President. In these roles he was often in dispute with the company and involved in national negotiations.

In his interview Bruce talks about his union work and also about some of the attitudes he faced at the company as a gay employee.