Midlands News: 13.02.1958: Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick


Philip Dorte of ATV Midlands introducing Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick of the ITA to the Alpha Television studios at Aston in Birmingham.

Sir Ivone Augustine Kirkpatrick (1897 – 25 May 1964) was British diplomat. He was Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign Office from 1953 to 1957. On retiring  from the diplomatic service he became Chairman of the Independent Television Authority (ITA) rom 1957 to 1962.

Alpha Television operated television studios in Aston, Birmingham. The company was formed in 1956 as a co-venture between two newly-created Independent Television (ITV) companies, ATV and ABC Weekend Television. The former operated the contract to broadcast programming to the Midlands during the week, the latter at weekends.

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