The Old Grey Whistle Test was a British television music show. It was commissioned by David Attenborough and aired on BBC2 from 1971 to 1988, it took over the BBC2 late night slot from Disco 2, which ran between September 1970 and July 1971, while continuing to feature non-chart music. The show was devised by BBC producer Rowan Ayers; the original producer, involved in an executive capacity throughout the show's entire history, was Michael Appleton. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before; when they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys – doormen in grey suits. Any song they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test. On 23 February 2018, a one-off three hour special of The Old Grey Whistle Test was broadcast on BBC Four, hosted by Bob Harris to mark 30 years since the final episode aired. Launched on BBC2, the show focused on albums, rather than chart hits covered on BBC1 by Top of the Pops.
It was produced in a studio at BBC Television Centre in west London known as "Pres B", designed for shooting weather forecasts and in-vision continuity. The studio was only 32 by 22 feet. Due to the lack of technology that accommodated live performances, bands mimed to tracks in early episodes; the original opening credits were played over a naked woman, painted in green, dancing to Santana's Jingo. When Richard Williams was replaced by'Whispering' Bob Harris, the series' opening titles theme was changed to the now more famous animation of a male figure made up of stars dancing; the programme's title music, with its harmonica theme, was a track called "Stone Fox Chase" by a Nashville band, Area Code 615. The first host was Richard Williams, features editor of Melody Maker, the music weekly. From 1972, the programme was presented by disc jockey Bob Harris, he became notorious among the younger generation for distancing himself on air from Roxy Music's first performance on the show and calling the New York Dolls "mock rock" and left OGWT in 1978.
After Harris's departure, Annie Nightingale took over as host. In December 1980, Nightingale presented the show in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of John Lennon; this particular episode consisted entirely of interviews with various people about Lennon's life and career. Following the departure of Nightingale in 1982, Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Richard Skinner took turns as presenters. In 1983, the programme was moved to a live mid-evening slot; the title was abridged to Whistle Test and the title credits and music were changed. Andy Kershaw joined the series as a presenter in 1984; the same four presenters co-presented the BBC's television coverage of Live Aid in 1985. The series was cancelled in early 1987 by Janet Street-Porter, appointed head of Youth Programmes at the BBC; the series ended with a live New Year's Eve special broadcast through to the early hours of New Year's Day 1988. Owing to technical issues during the show's early years, the need to ensure performances were controlled, the bands recorded the instrumental tracks the day before.
The vocals were performed live, "99 percent" of the time. After 1973, the show changed to an live format. On 23 February 2018, the BBC broadcast a special programme, hosted by Bob Harris, to mark the 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast; this live studio show featured special guests and rare archive footage. It featured performances from Richard Thompson, Albert Lee and others. Bob Harris chatted to Whistle Test alumni, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Chris Difford and Kiki Dee, as well as fan Danny Baker. Sounds of the Seventies, a 1970s late night BBC radio show which concentrated on albums rather than singles, rock rather than pop. Top of the Pops, a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and broadcast weekly from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006; the Old Grey Whistle Test on IMDb The Old Grey Whistle Test at TV.com
A News is the name of local newscasts on the A television system in Canada. A News programming was produced in markets which were not directly served by a local CTV News service; the cable-only A Atlantic service in Atlantic Canada did not produce its own A News programming, but instead presently airs CTV News programming from CTV Atlantic, although the station did produce a local morning show, Breakfast Television and was subsequently re-branded to CTV Morning Live on August 29, 2011. Due to the effects of the 2009 economic crisis The A station in Ottawa cancelled all A News programming in March 2009, but continued to produce a local morning show, A Morning, re-branded as CTV Morning Live on August 29, 2011; when A re-launched as CTV Two on August 29, 2011, newscasts on the A stations were re-branded as CTV News and longer have separate identities, although the stations have retained the same editorial independence. As a holdover from the ASN era, A Atlantic simulcasted news programs from CTV Atlantic, it was the only A station that does not air any A News-branded programs.
It aired a local version of Breakfast Television, a holdover from when it was owned by CHUM Limited. A-Channel News on CKVR-TV in Barrie was anchored by Tony Grace and Jayne Pritchard weekdays at 6 p.m. by Jayne Pritchard weekdays at 11 p.m. and anchored by Chris Lesage on weekends at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. A-Channel News This Week, a newscast that focused on the week's top local news stories aired Saturday nights at 11 p.m. Ontario News This Week, a newscast that focused on the week's top provincial-related as well as national and international news stories formerly aired Sunday nights at 11 p.m. Due to the 2009 economic crisis, both Barrie's A News This Week and Ontario News This Week were cancelled along with the A Morning shows produced in Barrie and Vancouver Island in early March 2009. A-Channel News on CHRO-TV in Ottawa was anchored by Sandra Blaikie weekdays at 6, Tony Grace weeknights at 11 and Annette Goerner on weekends. A spinoff version of A News called A News This Week aired Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. and recapped the week's news.
These newscasts were cancelled on March 3, 2009, as a result of what CTV called severe financial issues with the A stations, although the Ottawa station continues to broadcast A-Channel Morning. CHRO was the only A station to have its evening newscasts cancelled. Due to a fire destroying CJOH's studio and newsroom, production of CJOH's newscasts was moved to CHRO's studio in February 2010. A-Channel News on CFPL-TV in London was anchored by Kathy Mueller & Dan MacLellan weekdays at 6, Tara Overholt at 11. There was a weekend half-hour edition of the program, anchored by Sean Irvine. CHWI-TV in Windsor had a separate weekday newscast anchored by Jim Crichton, but simulcasts the London edition on weekends. A spinoff version of A News called A News This Week aired Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. and recapped the week's top stories. When CKNX-TV in Wingham served as a semi-satellite of CFPL, it simulcasted all of CFPL's newscasts, except for the 11 p.m. weeknight newscast, an alternate newscast focusing on the Wingham area produced at CFPL.
Due to financial issues, CKNX was switched to a full-time translator of CFPL on August 31, 2009, no longer airs a separate newscast. A-Channel News on CIVI-TV in Vancouver Island was anchored by Hudson Mack at 5 and 6 p.m. and Cheryl Bloxham at 11 p.m. A spinoff version of A News airs at 6:30pm weeknights, called Vancouver Island Report, a newscast focused on news on Vancouver Island. A weekend half-hour edition of A News at Six, anchored by Andrew Johnson was added to the schedule in March 2009, following the layoffs. A spinoff version of A News aired Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am called Island Weekend, a half-hour recap on the news and events happening around Vancouver Island during the week
The Zittau–Löbau railway is a line in the German state of Saxony built and operated by the Löbau-Zittau Railway Company. The line opened in 1848 and it was one of the oldest lines in Germany. Only part of the line is still in service, it starts at Zittau and ran via Oderwitz and Herrnhut to Löbau. The Löbau-Zittau Railway Company received a concession on 25 June 1845 to build a line from Löbau to Zittau; the line was opened on 10 June 1848. The line was also operated by the Löbau-Zittau Railway. On 1 January 1871 the line was acquired by the Royal Saxon State Railways. At the end of May 1998, passenger services were abandoned between Löbau via Herrnhut; as a result, the Oberoderwitz–Herrnhut section lost all of its traffic because local freight traffic ran only from Herrnhut to Löbau. On 31 May 1999, the Oberoderwitz–Herrnhut section closed; until the end of 2001, freight trains still served Herrnhut. Afterwards only Niedercunnersdorf was served. At the end of February 2002, an application was made to close the Herrnhut–Niedercunnersdorf section, but final closure only occurred on 28 February 2003.
At the December 2002 timetable change, passenger services between Ebersbach and Löbau were abandoned. Thus there are no any regular passenger services on the northern section of the Zittau–Löbau line; the remaining section from Zittau to Oberoderwitz connects with the Oberoderwitz–Wilthen line and is served by passenger services between Zittau and Dresden. Since 2007 the Oberoderwitz–Löbau section has been leased to Deutsche Regionaleisenbahn; the line leaves Löbau station through a cutting to the south. Beyond Großschweidnitz station is the first deep cutting on the line, which crosses the valley of the Großschweidnitzer Wasser on a seven span viaduct. After the viaduct, the line to Ebersbach turns off to the south, while the Löbau–Zittau line turns to the southeast towards Herrnhut and Zittau. After Niedercunnersdorf station the line runs parallel with Niedercunnersdorf village. Just before Obercunnersdorf station the line crosses Obercunnersdorf viaduct. After Herrnhut station the line runs over a viaduct over the Petersbach.
The next viaduct follows in the village of Ruppersdorf, just before the station. Further on, within sight of Kottmar mountain, the line reaches the Landwasser valley and the town of Oderwitz. First another viaduct is crossed; the route now follows the Landwasser valley to the southeast. In Mittelherwigsdorf it crosses the Mandau and reaches the village’s station; the line follows that Mandau valley to Zittau. Rettig, Wilfried. Eisenbahn im Dreiländereck, Teil 1. EK-Verlag Freiburg. ISBN 978-388255-732-9. Preuß, Reiner. Sächsische Staatseisenbahnen. Berlin: transpress Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. ISBN 3-344-70700-0. "Information on Saxon railways". Retrieved 1 December 2010