Terry Stanton’s 50 years’ service on the RTS Midlands Committee was recognised by the centre in early June.
The TV veteran received a certificate from Midlands vice-chair Dorothy Hobson. “I hope to remain active to at least 2036 when it is my aspiration to organise a lecture for the RTS entitled ‘Television: the first 100 years’,” he said.
Terry Stanton’s interest in television began at an early age when his father bought a Marconi set to watch the funeral of King George VI in 1952.
His first job at Alpha gave him a good grounding in television engineering and he went on to found Second City Broadcast Facilities, which provided technical services to the BBC and ITV for programmes that included The Sky at Night.
“50 years ago, television was a box in the corner of the room; it had horizontal and vertical hold, and was probably showing black and white programmes. There’s been an enormous change in our industry in those 50 years and Terry has been at the forefront of it,” said RTS Honorary Secretary David Lowen.
In 1992, Stanton received RTS Midlands’ Baird Medal to mark his outstanding contribution to television. He also served four years as chair of the centre.
In recent years, he has been responsible for organising joint lectures with the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Birmingham.