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(Formerly Samantha Howkins). Samantha was a TSW in-vision continuity announcer and assistant transmission controller. She moved to London to work for Carlton in 1993 and then for Meridian in Southampton. In 2003, eight years after joining Meridian, Samantha took some time off to look after her children. In 2006, she joined Sky as a transmission controller, working on the movie channels.

Jilly Carter announced for TSW in the early years but had left the company by 1985. She later briefly became a newsreader for the BBC's Breakfast Time and News on the Hour (BBC). Jilly went on to read ITN's nightly news bulletins as well as working for BBC Radio 4. Now she is a communications consultant, training chief executives from most of the blue-chip companies in media and presentation skills.

A TSW announcer in 1986 who started out as a letter reader on the station's TeleViews programme. He later voiced many of TSW's trailers and promos and continued to do so for Westcountry until 1994. Most recently he read some poetry in a local Carlton TV documentary, and he can currently be heard as a BBC One South West announcer before Spotlight and The Six O'Clock News. Another claim to fame is that he was the voice who introduced Derek Hobson on TSW's cult That's My Dog contribution to the national ITV network.

David joined TSW as an announcer in the mid-1980s and stayed with the company until its franchise ended in December 1992. He established a good knockabout rapport with sidekick Gus Honeybun and was a main presenter of TSW's various 'Telethon' extravaganzas.

Since TSW went off the air, David has worked as a newsreader and announcer at HTV West, and, later as the overnight newsreader on Sky News. He is now controller of programmes at South Hams Radio in South Devon, where he also presents a show. He also appears from time to time on ITV 1 Westcountry.

Jennifer Gavin announced for TSW from 1983 until around 1988, often in the daytime slot; less often, but occasionally, she was seen on the primetime evening shift. Her daytime duties meant that she was a frequent presenter of Gus Honeybun's Magic Birthdays.

(Later Sally Faber, now Sally Johnson). Sally started at TSW as a continuity announcer/newsreader. She was there under contract for one year. She then left to present the 'Ford Ski Report' for Sky Channel in 1987/1988, then 'Ski Sunday' for the BBC with David Vine in 1988/1989 (by now, Sally Faber, having married former West Wiltshire MP David Faber, the grandson of Harold MacMillan, in October 1988).

After a few years full time presenting corporate videos for companies such as Ford, Tesco, British Airways, Duty Free, BHS, National Electric and Nuclear Power, and researching, writing and presenting for BMW, Sally had her first child in 1992. She then moved to LNN at Carlton TV in London as a weather presenter. After eighteen months there, she presented a live phone-in show twice weekly on the Travel Channel and interviewed over forty celebrities.

In 1995 and again in 1996, she worked for Anglia Television on two series of 'Countrywide', where she had to take up twenty-four sports over two years, including race riding, land yachting and microlighting. Following this, she presented a series of programmes for Channel 4 on 'Polo'.

After having a second child (mid-1997), she went into semi-retirement. Sally presented a sports programme for Sky Sports for a couple of years, covering the British Polo season. More recently, she has been involved in interviewing for HCTV, a new digital channel. She lives between the USA and Gloucestershire, with her three children.

Started her television career as a newsreader and announcer on HTV West in the early-1980s. She then moved to TSW as a continuity announcer in the mid-1980s before moving to BBC TV South as their early morning newsreader. Jenny is probably best known for her time as co-presenter with Des Lynam of 'How Do They Do That?'. She now presents 'ITV West News' from Bristol.

Stuart Hutchison, a popular announcer of the 1960s and 1970s on Westward Television who moved to the other side of the camera to concentrate on scriptwriting. Stuart liked to keep his hand in and remained as a relief announcer for both Westward and TSW into the 1980s. We're sorry to report that Stuart Hutchison died in October 2003.

Ruth Langsford moved from the other side of the cameras to take up an announcer's job at TSW after starting out at the company as a trainee production assistant. She fast became one of TSW's lynchpin presenters, often fronting the weekend primetime announcing slots. She and Ian Stirling were the last two faces to be seen on TSW, bidding viewers farewell just before midnight on 31 December 1992 as the company made way for its successor, Westcountry Television.

Since then, Ruth's career has blossomed. As well as presenting the occasional series for Westcountry, Ruth has stood in on ITV's 'This Morning', and is now a regular presenter on the TV Travel Shop satellite channels. Her long-time partner is television presenter Eammon Holmes. Both Eamonn and Ruth stood in on 'This Morning' in May 2006.

One of the last announcers to join TSW, in the early-1990s. Dinah Lawley mainly appeared as a daytime announcer.

First appeared on TSW screens as an announcer in the late-1980s and stayed until the station stopped broadcasting at the end of 1992. Sally was a great all-rounder and always gave a notably upbeat performance when it was her turn to partner Gus Honeybun. In fact, she had the honour of presenting the last ever Gus Honeybun's Magic Birthdays just before 1pm on 31 December 1992. Since TSW she has gone on to become a successful national television presenter on various satellite/cable channels. In 1993, she moved to GMTV to present weather bulletins. She was also Jim Davidson's assistant for a while on The Generation Game and also has presented the breakfast programme on Talk Radio. Sally also runs a successful interior design business.

Gillian Miles was a continuity announcer with TSW in the 1980s. She also presented on BBC 'Points West' (dates TBC) and BBC 'Spotlight' (late-1990s/early-2000s).

Briefly a TSW announcer before moving to Anglia as a continuity announcer. She progressed to front the main evening 'Anglia News' in the West of the region.

Other TV credits: 'About Anglia' (Anglia); 'Take It On' (Anglia).

Tris was one of the last announcers to join TSW. He now presents daytime programming nationally, including Wish You Were Here on ITV. With colleague, Sally Meen he had the honour of presenting the last ever Gus Honeybun's Magic Birthdays just before 1pm on 31 December 1992. Tris has also presented a series of nature/rambling programmes for Carlton Westcountry Television.

Lawrie was a journalistic jack of all trades for both Westward and TSW. For Westward, his main role was as a news reporter, and the presenter of light-hearted items on 'Westward Diary'. When he moved to TSW his role expanded, and he landed his own 'Points Of View' style correspondence programme, 'Televiews'. He also occasionally sat in the continuity announcer's chair, and occasionally presented 'Today South West' when the male anchor was on leave or indisposed. Before emigrating in around 1987, Lawrie was the regular host of 'The South West Week', a weekly local news review for the hard of hearing.

David Rodgers joined Westward Television as a teenager, presenting and reporting for Young Eyes, Westward's innovative teenage magazine programme (produced by Angela Rippon). This experience soon landed him a regular presenting job, as a continuity announcer, newsreader, and local programme presenter, including the enduring and highly popular Westward quiz show, Treasure Hunt. He became the regular host of Westward Diary's hour-long Friday edition, Weekend Diary, and was frequently the newsreader on the other weekday programmes, fronted by veteran anchorman, Kenneth Macleod. He switched to TSW when it took over the South West franchise. For them, he was an announcer, newsreader, and co-host with Judi Spiers of the Friday evening What's Ahead programme. David moved to local radio, founding Orchard FM to successfully win the Taunton/Somerset franchise in 1989. Over the next few years, the Orchard media group blossomed, buying up several stations across Devon and Dorset. In 1994, Gemini (an Orchard media company) won the East Devon franchise previously held by DevonAir, where Rodgers had been a regular presenter of the Sunday request show. David sold his radio interests to the GWR group in 1999, and the last we heard was running GWR's South African radio interests.

Best-known for his broadcasting work on radio - with Radio West, Wiltshire Radio, and GWR - Mark Seaman was also a regular relief in-vision announcer on TSW in the late-1980s. Mark now presents the morning show with BBC Radio Wiltshire. He has also acted in recent years with parts in Brookside and the British hit film from a couple of years ago Human Traffic, where he played TV reporter Jeremy Faxman!. Mark has also written a few plays for the stage. He says he has fond memories of his time with TSW.

Roger Shaw joined Westward Television from the start - April 1961, and took over the chief announcer's job from Guy Corey where he remained until the company lost its franchise to TSW in 1981. Like most of the station's announcing and presenting staff, he moved to the new station when it officially picked up the reins from Westward in January 1982. Before the handover he presented a half-hour tribute to Westward Television - 20 Years Of Westward. He remained as chief announcer for TSW until he retired in the late-1980s, but well before that he seemed to restrict his role to the daytime continuity slot, leaving the primetime shifts to colleagues Ian Stirling and Ruth Langsford. Roger was an announcer of the old school with perfect annunciation, authority, warmth and a great on-screen presence. Since retirement, he has been absent from the airwaves, as far as we know, but if you look carefully he can be seen in the audience during TSW's final broadcast on 31 December 1992. He was also interviewed for Carlton TV's 40 Years Of ITV In The South West documentary.

Judi Spiers was one of the most popular announcers on Westward TV, landing the job as a relief announcer in 1977 after replying to an advertisement in the local Plymouth Evening Herald. Her zany sense of humour and cheeky, irreverent approach to the job - particularly the Gus Honeybun birthdays slot - won her many fans, and her role soon grew from the typical continuity announcer/newsreader to Westward's homegrown action girl.

For TSW, in addition to her announcing and newsreading duties, she hosted the weekly Friday 'What's Ahead' entertainment guide with fellow announcer David Rodgers; and the regular 'Mr And Miss' TSW beauty contests. She also had her own TSW produced nationally syndicated chatshow - Judi! - which ran for six shows. She appeared as the newsreader in TSW's nationally networked drama series, 'Heather Ann', in 1983.

Judi left TSW c. 1986 to pursue a national television career with the BBC, co-presenting 'Pebble Mill At One' and 'Open Air' on BBC One. She moved to BBC Radio 2 with her own Saturday morning show in the early-1990s, and also continued with televison work, including the nationally networked TVS production, 'Scavenger Hunt'.

Judi is now the regular mid-morning presenter on BBC Radio Devon, pens her own column in the monthly Devon Life magazine, and also presents for ITV 1 Westcountry.
Image courtesy of Graeme Maver.

One of the best known faces on South West television, Ian Stirling joined Westward Television as a continuity announcer in 1976 and transferred to its successor, TSW, in January 1982. Ian took over from Roger Shaw as chief announcer when he retired in the late-1980s, and even before then was certainly the mainstay of TSW's announcing staff, hosting most of the weekday primetime announcing slots, until its franchise ended on December 31 1992.

A popular presenter and local celeb, he was often seen out and about in the westcountry, making personal appearances and supporting charity events. Ian regularly presented for TSW's successor, Westcountry Television, hosting a tribute slot for 'local heroes', and also the regular Friday arts, leisure and entertainment guide. In 2001, he fronted Carlton Television's '40 Years Of ITV In The South West' documentary series.

Ian Stirling retired in 2003 and moved to northern France. He died on 30 June 2005.