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TIME FOR BLACKBURN!

Southern
2nd March 1968 to 28 December 1968

From the TV Times “News, views and comments from Britain's most popular DJ, plus the cream of the week's new releases.”


Produced by Southern TV regular Mike Mansfield, this was the follow up to New Release, this time with inserts filmed at London’s Revolution Club, while Blackburn would introduce the acts and clips from the studio in Southampton. Johnny Pearson was the musical director, a job he would also do at Top of the Pops.


The show was deemed successful enough to extend its scheduled run from the end of June until the end of the year, however with the new ITV contracts coming into force in July and August Southern would have to negotiate with each one to ensure a network showing.


The one surviving edition from October 1968 features The Who.