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Former Scottish TV announcer.
An actor who joined Scottish TV as an announcer in the mid-1970s. During his time at the station he built up quite a cult following. He died in the mid-1980s.
Craig Austin combines roles as a broadcaster, writer and producer. He started his media career in radio and moved on to television, dipping his toes in ink along the way.

Craig is from Uddingston, on the outskirts of Glasgow, and is the youngest of four boys. He started a career in medical laboratory sciences but after three years he returned to student life to study media. He does miss the white coat though!

It was during his final year as a student that he got his first professional broadcasting gigs, writing and presenting travel and traffic reports on a number of Scotland's radio stations, as well as doing commercial voice-overs. A short spell hosting his own shows on Radio Tay in Dundee followed, before Craig found himself in Carlisle, working as an announcer, presenter and producer for Border Television.

Over the course of eight years as an announcer there, Craig presented in excess of 5,000 Border News bulletins, 1,000 'Border Birthdays' slots, and 20,000 in/out-of-vision continuity spots. He also got to host a range of children’s and entertainment specials, including the 'Hogmanay' shows and his own magazine series, 'CU4'. He was also co-responsible for the station’s on screen image.

Whilst there, he continued with a number of freelance presenting engagements including at Radio Clyde 1 in Glasgow and corporate video work for Norwich Union and Bank of Scotland; and he also syndicated a weekly youth entertainment and information column for youngsters, to nine newspaper titles in Scotland, the north of England and the Isle of Man.

Craig has even had a brief foray into the world of pop music working with BMG Records, Louis Walsh and Ronan Keating, as creative consultant to 'The Carter Twins' a young and talented Dublin pop act who were being groomed for Eurovision stardom. Or so they all hoped!

Craig has extensive behind-the-scenes experience as an on air producer and consultant and his skills have been utilised by broadcasters such as ITV, BBC, UKTV and RTÉ.

Since 2003, Craig has returned to performing, as a busy voice-over artist and out-of-vision announcer for Scottish TV, Grampian TV and the UKTV network and as a presenter of Film24 on Life24.

Craig has also been developing his skills as a screenwriter and has completed two feature film scripts.

Breakdown of Craig's career to date:

1987 - 1988: traffic and travel presenter for 'AA Roadwatch' and 'Flightwatch' on Radio Clyde, Radio Forth, Radio Tay, West Sound Radio, NorthSound Radio and BBC Radio Scotland.

1987 - 1997: freelance presenter and writer including: Radio Clyde 1 in Glasgow; Radio Tay in Dundee; Radio Borders in Galashiels; 'Pick Of The Week' for Yorkshire TV. Syndicated a weekly newspaper feature for young people, to nine titles in Scotland and the North of England. Also, corporate video presenting.

1988 - 1997: announcer/presenter/producer, Border TV. Craig presented in excess of 5,000 news bulletins, 1,000 children’s programmes, and 20,000 in/out-of-vision continuity spots.

1995 - 1997: editor, presentation and promotions, Border TV.

1997: head of presentation, UK Gold.

1998: producer/consultant, ITV 2. Set up the in-vision continuity for the channel launch.

1998 - 1999: producer/consultant, RTÉ, Dublin. Project manager for the on air rebranding and relaunch of RTÉ Network 2.

2000 - 2003: network presentation manager, ITV Network. Responsible to David Liddiment, director of channels, with the remit of refreshing ITV 1's junction and presentation management. Also involved in the implementation of the initial rebranding to ITV 1 and was responsible for creating the Network Continuity Unit which was to commission and schedule all on air presentation devices, as well as to supply announcers with detailed marketing and programme information.

At ITV, Craig also introduced the then radical presentation techniques of end credit promotions, standardised credits, ‘next’ captions. ‘next time’ and ‘previously’ teasers within programmes, ad break promotion opticals, and ‘countdown/after’ trailers, all of which are now standard practice on many UK television channels.

2003 - 2006: writer: creator of various TV and film drama projects, currently seeking development interest.

1995 - 2006: presenter for Halifax and Bank of Scotland corporate videos.

2003 - 2004: continuity announcer, Scottish TV and Grampian TV.

2004 - 2005: creative producer, BBC Broadcast. Contracted to set up a new 45 strong continuity department with writing hub for the UKTV network.

2005 - 2006: continuity announcer: UKTV Drama, UKTV History, UKTV Documentary, UKTV Style Gardens and UKTV Food.

2006: presenter for Film24, broadcasting daily on Life24. Shows include 'Film Xtra', 'Star Talk' and 'Scene:Out'.

2007: announcer/director at BBC Scotland for BBC One and BBC Two. A six month assignment as part of the migration project moving the headquarters in Queen Margaret Drive to a new site at Pacific Quay. This allowed existing staff to drop out of the rota to receive training on the new technology that will be used at Pacific Quay.

Presenter/producer/director with Film24, based at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

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Raymond was one of the most popular announcers in the early years at STV. He also hosted a pop music programme 'Studio Downbeat' for a period. Some years later he decided to move to London and was kept busy with small parts in some of the best-known TV shows.

Raymond passed away in 2006.

Grampian Television in-vision continuity announcer, 1971 to 1975, and again in the early-1980s. Anne also freelanced for Scottish Television from 1975 to 1978.
Former STV announcer.
BBC TV announcer 1964 to 1968; presenter BBC Radio 4's 'Today' from 1971 to 1974. Later a newscaster and broadcaster with Independent Radio News, programme presenter on London's LBC, and then royal correspondent for IRN. Also believed to have been an announcer with Scottish TV.
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Bob started off as an announcer with Scottish TV. He later joined the BBC Scotland announcing team in the mid-1970s and clocked up more than 25 years' service before he retired in 2000. Like most of the other announcers of his generation, he regularly read the Scottish News summaries in-vision until 1988. In his last few years with the BBC, Bob tended to work on radio rather than TV.
Paul Coia, a former Radio Clyde DJ and then STV announcer who also had his own chat show on STV which was screened at 10.30pm on Friday nights.

Paul was the first voice heard on Channel 4 in 1982 and he appeared as an in-vision continuity announcer at closedown on the station. He went on to present 'Pebble Mill At One' in the mid-1980s and also presented quiz shows on BBC Two.

Paul is married to former BBC 'Breakfast Time' presenter Debbie Greenwood. In more recent years, the couple stood in for Gloria Hunniford on 'Open House' on Channel 5.

Jay was a DJ with Radio Forth when he freelanced at STV. He's now controller of programmes at Real Radio in Glasgow.
In-vision announcer for STV in the 1980s who went on to set up his own marketing and events management company. He was also one of the first broadcasters on commercial radio station Westsound in Ayr.

Bryce is currently a presenter on the Scottish radio station, Saga.

Mr STV for a generation of 'pres' enthusiasts, his distinctive, well modulated voice now graces BBC Scotland, on television and radio. Tony was one of STV's in-vision announcers from the mid-1970s onwards and left shortly before the company dropped regular in-vision continuity, moving to BBC Scotland.
1980s Scottish Television in-vision continuity announcer who moved to front news bulletins for the station. Nicky is now part of Radio Clyde's award-winning news team.
One of STV's in-vision continuity announcers in the late-1980s and early-1990s before IVC was dropped.
Started his career as a disc jockey with Radio Clyde and Radio Forth before moving to the role of continuity announcer at STV. Now presents on radio station Clyde 2.
Former Scottish TV announcer.
Long serving Grampian in-vision continuity announcer and local news bulletin presenter. She is no longer seen since in-vision continuity was dispensed with, and centralised in Glasgow, by station owners SMG (Scottish Media Group). Kate is now part of the continuity team in Glasgow and her voice is now heard by STV and Grampian viewers.
Mike started his broadcasting career as a radio presenter on Radio Forth in 1974. In 1979, he joined BBC Scotland as a continuity announcer. The following year, he moved over to STV where he was a continuity announcer, news reader and sub-editor, until 1990. Mike then moved into production for STV, working as a producer/director until 1999, when he went freelance.

Mike also lectures at Napier University and Glasgow Metropolitan College.

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Kenny was an announcer at STV from November 1994 until Dec 1997; he was also an in-vision presenter on STV's 'Wheel Nuts' (series 1) in 1997.

Kenny subsequently moved to Australia but remained within the broadcast industry: post production supervisor at Melbourne based Comcopy (January 1998 - June 2002); production manager at Melbourne based Force Entertainment (August 2002 - October 2006); production manager at Melbourne based Madman Entertainment (since October 2006).

Kenny also owns and manages a DVD authoring business (November 2002 - present). He narrates the following weekly TV programmes: 'The World Game'; 'ICC Cricket World'; 'Motorworld' (recorded in Melbourne and exported globally). He also voices radio and TV advertisements for the Australian domestic market.

Scottish TV continuity announcer in the late-1980s. Before going into television announcing, Denise freelanced for the AA Roadwatch travel news service.
In-vision announcer for STV in the 1970s until the mid-1980s. Steve was later the voice of Scottish TV's 'Wheel Of Fortune' gameshow. He was also the voice-over man on ITV's 'Family Fortunes' and also did a stint at Talk Radio as a stand-in presenter for James Whale on the late night phone-in.

Steve died suddenly on August 02 2009. He was 59.

Morag Hood was presenter of STV's children's programme Roundup and spent a while as an announcer before embarking on a distinguished acting career which has included the role of Natasha in the BBC's lavish production of War and Peace and much TV and stage work. Morag Hood died in 2002.
STV continuity announcer in the 1980s until 1994. Liz is now a teacher at Spring Burn College, Glasgow.
Freelance continuity announcer for Scottish TV, Grampian and Border. He went on to set up Centre Radio in Stirling and became cult Scottish shock jock Scottie McClue
Maggie Lavender is a senior announcer for Scottish Television. Before joining STV, she was based at Glasgow Airport, presenting morning reports for Flightwatch.

Maggie is also a trained actress.

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Dave was educated at Carolside Primary School and Eastwood Senior Secondary School (now Williamwood High).

Dave was one of the team of presenters at Radio Clyde at its launch at hogmanay 1973. He presented the 'Breakfast Show' on Radio Clyde and later Clyde 2 until 2001. During his early years at Radio Clyde, Dave was also a relief announcer at STV, where he often could be heard closing the station at around 12.40am to reappear on Radio Clyde's 'Breakfast Show' at 6am.

He moved to the afternoon 'Drivetime' slot on Clyde 2 in September 2001 which he left to present 'Mid-Morning' at Saga 105.2FM in September 2004. Following the purchase of Saga by GMG, Dave can now be heard daily across Central Scotland on Smooth Radio.

Among his hobbies Dave lists window shopping for the latest gadgets and inventing things; he also likes eating out, which he uses as an opportunity to plan the Radio Museum that he's going to open one day.

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Kate Matheson worked as an announcer and presenter at Grampian TV before joining Scottish TV in the early-1970s. Married to the comedian, the late Rikki Fulton.

Sadly Kate died in 2005 (TBC).

1980s and 1990s in-vision continuity announcer on Scottish Television, who is now a producer at the station.
Cameron's broadcasting career began in 1990, as a presenter with Eastend Radio. During his career, Cameron has interviewed a number of big name celebrities including Dame Shirley Bassey, Nichelle Nichols (communications officer Lieutenant Uhura, 'Star Trek'), Paul Young, Darius, the stars of 'Star Wars' and Marty Pellow but to name a few. Cameron has also worked alongside 'Dirty Dozen' actor Tom Busby.

Other radio credits include: co-presenter of the 96.3 QFM breakfast show with Gary Marshall.

Cameron currently works (freelance) for Scottish Television as an announcer.
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Jack started his broadcast career on pirate radio: he had stints with Radio Scotland, Britain Radio and Radio 270. In the late-1960s and early-1970s, Jack was an announcer with Grampian Television. He then moved to Scottish TV.
Announcer for Scottish TV, 1964 - 1969 and also an announcer on BBC TV Scotland. Alec was an actor whose famous role was as the original cast member Dougal Lachlan in STV's 'Take The High Road' from 1980 until 1991.
Arthur Montford started his television career as a continuity announcer for STV in August 1957 before becoming the first presenter of STV's Sports Desk which was later renamed Scotsport. He is now retired but writes and still makes the occasional broadcast.
A former Radio Forth news reader in Edinburgh, Pauline Muirhead joined STV as a freelance continuity announcer in the early-1980s and stayed until the early-1990s
Well-known face from the early days of Scottish Television in the 1950s and 1960s. Jimmy Nairn was STV's first announcer and later became a regular presenter on the station's daily lunchtime magazine show The One O' Clock Gang. He also fronted several light entertainment programmes.
Film actor who moved into television announcing with Associated Rediffusion when it started broadcasting to the London area in 1955. He left Rediffusion to join Scottish Television as its chief announcer in 1957.
Grampian and Scottish TV announcer.
Former Scottish TV announcer.
Gordon was an announcer on Scottish Television from 1961 until 1973, when he became a transmission controller. He left STV in 1992 to join BBC Scotland, where he was a radio announcer and news reader. Gordon also sat in the television announcer's chair at BBC Scotland on a few occasions. He left BBC Scotland in 2000.
Lively scotsman who was Anglia's first chief announcer. Russell was the first announcer to be seen on Anglia and also presented the company's first programme, Introducing Anglia. He also took his turn at reading the daily local news headlines, along with Colin Bower and Newman Sanders. Drew, who also worked for Scottish Television during the 1960s, has now, sadly, passed away.
Former STV announcer. Now presents on Glasgow's Saga Radio and occasionally on Grampian and Scottish TV.
Clem started off as a BBC announcer from 1966 to 1973. In the 1970s he moved on to work on the announcing staff at various ITV regional centres including Anglia, Border, Tyne Tees and Scottish TV, from 1974 to 1975.
Image courtesy of Paul R Jackson.

Announcer for Scottish TV and also an actor famous for his role as Dr Finlay in Dr Finlay's Casebook from 1962 - 1971. He has since passed away.
Derek's broadcasting career began in 1999 at The Travel Channel where he was a continuity announcer. He was a member of the original team of announcers (and 'the Scottish voice') at the Biography Channel when it launched in the UK in 2000. Also in 2000, Derek took on a news reading role at Radio Forth in Edinburgh; he remained there until joining Living TV as a continuity announcer in 2003.

Derek headed back north and joined the SMG continuity team in 2005, providing announcements on Scottish and Grampian TV (now rebranded as STV). He performed the first live announcement from STV’s new studios at Pacific Quay on Saturday July 22 2006.

Derek still finds time to fit in his other gig - travelling the world as a BA cabin crew member - which he has been doing since 1985.

Jimmy Spankie, a former Grampian smd Scottish TV announcer and presenter, remains a favourite in the North East of Scotland and is often to be seen supporting charitable events. He has also done media consultancy work since his departure from Grampian.
Well known Scottish radio and television broadcaster who was an in-vision announcer for Scottish Television from 1983, and, more recently, has freelanced as a voice only announcer for both Scottish TV and Grampian TV. He combined this work with the position of Broadcast Transmission Controller for SMG's (Scottish Media Group) television division, a post which he left in 2000.

Jim's voice is well known to viewers across the UK as he's voiced several television advertisements. He was also chosen to be the voice of a new, talking version of the ever-popular Action Man toy.

Since leaving the core staff at SMG, Jim has returned to radio. He has presented the late night music programme on Westsound Radio based in Ayr; he currently presents on radio station Clyde 2.

Jim still occasionally presents for Scottish and Grampian TV.

Former Scottish and Grampian TV announcer and Radio Clyde DJ. Alan is now a presenter on Grampian and Scottish TV.
Former Scottish TV announcer.
Former Scottish TV announcer.
Former Scottish TV announcer.
Former Scottish TV announcer.