Westward Television (UK)

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Logo descriptions by
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Background

Westward Television was the first holder of the ITV franchise for South West England, commencing broadcasts on April 29, 1961. It was renowned for its devoted, high-quality local programming and presentation, but squabbling between its local management and the London-based management board was to result in its loss in the 1980 franchise round. It ended up being taken over by its replacement, Television South West (TSW), in August 1981, but the Westward name and Golden Hind model (see below) continued to be used until midnight on January 1, 1982.


1st Logo (April 29, 1961-1965)

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Nicknames: "Westward Ship", "Westward Test Pattern"

Logo: We see the front end of a real ship on the water. The white text "WESTWARD" moves up in a wavelike motion. A white line is drawn across that from both ends of the screen, a circular border is formed around the ship, and an image of a white ship facing left with little "waves" below "WESTWARD" is formed. The banners "CHANNEL 9" and "CHANNEL 12", in squares, move in from the top in wavelike motions and stop. The finished product looks like a test pattern.

Variant: A still version has the logo in a single color and the text on the sides matching that of the main text, as well as lacking any squares. There are 2 different versions: white on black, or black on white.

FX/SFX: "WESTWARD" moving up, the white line wiping in, the border appearing, the switch to the ship sketch and the channel names wiping in.

Music/Sounds: A four-note vibraphone tune similar to the NBC chimes.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.


2nd Logo (1965-1972)

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Nickname: "Westward Ship II", "Golden Hind"

Logo: Against a black background, we see a white model ship turn to the left into place, while zooming in a bit. The text "WESTWARD", in a Futura font, zooms out from the haul of the ship.

Trivia: The ship is called the Golden Hind, which was used by the famed English explorer Sir Francis Drake.

Variants:

  • At the beginning of some shows, no text would emerge, but rather 2 lines of different lengths from both sides of the screen. The longer one flips out to be "WESTWARD TELEVISION", while the shorter one becomes "PRESENTS"
  • At the end of shows, the logo is still, and the text below the ship says "A WESTWARD PRODUCTION".
  • Later on, the ship was later reshot to appear ghostly white, and it instead zooms out while rotating to the left.The font for "WESTWARD" was changed to Compacta Bold font and now slides in from the right.

FX/SFX: The ship and the zooming out, later sliding in, text.

Music/Sounds: A nautical seven-note horn fanfare.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (1972-December 31, 1981)

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Nickname: "Westward Ship III", "Golden Hind II"

Logo: Against a blue background, we see the same Golden Hind from before slowly zooms out and turn into place. Below it, an orange square with a white ship on it (actually the ship from the 1st logo) fades in near the bottom left, and the white-outlined text "WESTWARD"" is wiped in next to it. "TV", in red with white outlines, fades in next to that.

Variants:

  • While it was a silver model, colors of the ship seem to vary, ranging from a bronze-like color to bluish-silver.
  • For startups, the ship was shot closer up, and zoomed out much slower.
  • On a Christmas tape produced during the mid-late '70s, the logo goes as usual, but the text below the ship says "BACKWARD TV".
  • Much like the previous logo, the endcap had the ship, now tinted orange, with "A WESTWARD PRODUCTION" below.
  • Another had the square with "A WESTWARD PRESENTATION" below it and "in Colour" as well. Later on, a copyright with Roman numerals appeared below instead.

FX/SFX: The ship and the text, which had become really dated by the late 1970s.

Music/Sounds: A nautical fourteen-note horn fanfare, with the last one being held. The 1978 version had a dramatic seven-note fanfare, with the last three notes sounding like the beginning of the fanfare from ATV's Zoom 2 ident.

Availability: Extinct.

Editor's Note: None.

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