Voice of the People

The true voice of the street? What did the Midlander think of the issues of the day. We are all familiar with the television vox pop - that short filler item in which a reporter stops people on the street to ask the burning question of the day. On ITV in the Midlands they began to appear in the early 1960s when the use of location sound recording became more common. Originally intended for a single broadcast we are very lucky that these pieces of ephemera have survived. As a snapshot of the moment they are invaluable - although it might have been nice for ATV to have left Birmingham occasionally to give people from other towns a chance!