Neil writes in his email;
The Peto Scott TV camera and CCU displayed
were used by Scottish Television from 1958 to circa 1969. Studio
D had two cameras with the full compliment apart from the PS monitors.
High grade 2780 monitors only served to show up their lack of resolution!
Popular for auditions, it often led to the final selection of applicants
being dependent on how 'contrasty' their visage appeared when viewed
by a vidicon camera.
A remote focus and fixed position gave
the cameras a considerable economic advantage for all manner of
programmes. Live commercials, news, features, sports (letraset scores
on the second camera!) epilogues - all of which was a very cheap
facility for the company. The cameras, despite their limitations,
were very reliable, and to my best knowledge had only one fault
- a vert bounce in one of the CCU's which was recognised and fixed
by a passing ATV Midlands engineer (They must have had the same
Some seventy five percent of the station
output on some nights was coming from the Peto Scott studio. This
caused great animosity from some groups towards my oppo and I since
we did lighting, sets, studio management meeting and greeting etc
etc. Studio D was situated alongside Master Control in the deep
basement of the Glasgow Theatre Royal. Flooding caused a move in
1960. The little green cameras continued in use for many years in
their new Studio D.