|A bit like being in the Young Ones|
News copy and scripts were written on typewriters and the only computers were those used to provide the 'Election Graphics'
|A Newsroom VDU|
|First House Aspen Close, Ealing|
By the time I left 13 years later News was gathered using ENG(electronic and tape), scripts and autocue were driven by computer newsroom (BASYS subsequently acquired by U.S. technolgy firm Avid) systems and computer graphics and electronic effects were every day technologies. Computers were also starting to be used for library systems and audio was increasingly digitised.
When I was at ITN I moved from a slightly bohemian life of shared flats and houses to my own home in W5, noticeable at this time was how long I had to wait for a phone to be installed (I think it was 6 months) and also at this time I started a course at University of London dept of Extra Mural Studies, I bought a Canon electronic typewriter with some rudimentary word processing which allowed me to complete essays and do my own home conveyancing.
I did have my first home cordless phone (not BT approved at this time) and also got telephone answering machines that enabled me to be more easily contactable.
home computers were becoming part of the educational landscape (Spectrum and BBC Micro for example).
Personally I continued to take photo's and also started to use the new small format VHS-C tapes with a camcorder (JVC I think) I bought from a friend two 2" helical scan VTRs that were made by Ampex although only balck and white they werequite impressive and noisy.
Additionally another game changer in the Media industry was the VHS (or Beta Tape for the technically superior) device which became a must have for the modern family who wanted to catch TV for those 'even when they were out times!' (or to enable you to catch the 'other' channel when you were watching something else).
|A typical early home 'Micro'|
GaslightingOne of my favourite writers and one who I often feel is overlooked by the literary establishment is Patrick Hamilton, as well as novels like The West Pier (which became The Charmer on TV) the troubled author wrote plays Rope (a strange and groundbreaking film for Hitchcock) and Gas light are examples you might enjoy.
Gaslight (sometimes it's called Gas Light and the play is known as Angel Street in the USA) too was filmed and was a big Hollywood hit for Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman . Charles Boyer plays in the film a
|A film poster for Gaslight|
Subsequently the behaviour shown in the film has been used to describe the manipulative act of making another believe that they are going mad 'Gaslighting' there's even a book by Victor Santoro (1994) the book is called Gaslighting: How to Drive Your Enemies Crazy and is about using the technique to exploit the phenomena.