In 1993, on the heels of NY1, I was invited to London to help build the London version of NY1, Channel 1.
It was the brainchild of the very far-thinking Sir David English and his Associated Newspaper group.
We hired, equipped (with Hi8) and trained 42 British VJs.
Their work was great. London had no local TV news channel. But it also lacked something else – cable penetration, which was too bad, because the idea was a good one. Cable was then in competition with satellite (the English footprint being a good deal smaller than the US, (or even New England, Satellite made more sense – if you could get people to buy the dishes and install them!)
At that time, there was even competition between two different satellite providers – Sky and something called British Broadcasting. One had a round antenna the size of a dinner plate you were supposed to affix to your window. Murdoch’s Sky had the ‘squariel’ – you get the idea. In the end, they merged and formed BSkyB, and cable was squeezed out, taking with it both Channel1 and LiveTV.
However, not before we had trained and fielded our first generation of British VJs. Most of them are still in business, but none so strongly as David Dunkley Gyimah, whose video is above.