Vicki was a continuity announcer with Channel 5 (dates TBC). She had previously provided continuity links for Living, Living 2 and Sky 1.

James joined BBC Scotland from Grampian in the mid-1970s. He perhaps holds a little place in presentation history for two reasons: he was the first BBC Scotland announcer to use the COW (Computer-Originated World) globe in 1985 – as a result, he started his shift in the early evening calling the channel “BBC Scotland” but changed the name back to “BBC 1 Scotland” when the new ident appeared at 7pm; he’s also quite possibly the last BBC announcer to have uttered the phrase “trade test transmission” – this was on a Saturday afternoon in 1987 when BBC Two Scotland closed down between the OU and coverage of a Scottish party conference.

James left BBC Scotland Presentation in the late-1980s. He went freelance and moved to Leeds. He worked for BBC North East and West Yorkshire FM.

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Donald was an accomplished actor. He was a relief BBC TV in-vision network announcer (1952 – 1953, 1955). He later announced at ATV in London at the weekends. Gray also provided the voice of Colonel White in the cult 1960s children’s television classic, Captain Scarlet.

Donald died on 7th April 1978.

Thelma was one of the early RTÉ TV announcers. She was a TV announcer from 1964 until September 1986 when she moved into daytime television presenting, with the popular afternoon show, Live at 3, which ran until May 1997. Thelma subsequently returned to TV presentation, voicing RTÉ One programme promotions until c. 2003.

Mark was a BBC TV sports reporter (1985 – 1986) before joining ITN in October 1986 as a sports correspondent. His first assignments for ITN were to cover England’s successful Ashes tour of Australia, as well as the America’s Cup.

He stayed for four months in Australia and unexpectedly found himself reporting on the extraordinary Spycatcher trial.

He has covered all the major sporting events for ITN, including the Olympics, Wimbledon, the British Open and Rugby internationals.

In 1995 he was seconded to ITV to report from South Africa on the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Since joining ITN he has specialised in covering foreign events, travelling all around the globe. Based in Hong Kong in 1993 as Asia correspondent, he returned in 1996 (until 1998), reporting on major events in the region, including the handover of the island to the Chinese in July 1997.

From 1994 until 1996 he was based in Johannesburg as Africa correspondent. He returned to London in mid-1998 and from 1999 he was a special/senior correspondent. He was an occasional newscaster of weekend news bulletins on ITV and the ITN News Channel in August 1998 and again from October 1999.

In May 2001 he presented ITV’s reality game show Survivor.

In 2004, Mark became a regular face in the newscaster’s chair. He took over from Sir Trevor McDonald as the main anchor of the late-night weekday news programme on ITV in December 2005.


Derek was an in-vision announcer and for a time, director of programmes at Border Television, as well as being a regional programme presenter for the station. Derek is best known nationally for two networked Border productions: Mr and Mrs and Look Who’s Talking.

Jon was one of the 1960s in-vision announcing team at Tyne Tees Television. He also presented TTTV’s globe-trotting travel programme Faraway Places and, closer to home, Your Heritage. He moved to Associated-Rediffusion in London and remained until the station closed for the final time in 1968.

David was a continuity announcer with Grampian Television. He stayed in Aberdeen after retiring from the company and he was a frequent correspondent to local newspaper letters pages. David also announced on other ITV stations, including Anglia, HTV and ATV (Midlands).