During the Summer of 2016, Big Centre had been doing nicely. It had passed through the difficult times and emerged in really quite a good state. This made it attractive to other would-be owners. So it was that in October 2016, Big Centre was merged with Made Television, and was to be rebranded as Made in Birmingham (in line with their policy to name their stations after the main city in each broadcast area).
This meant that many programmes would be renamed once more, but for the time being everything else would run exactly as it had before with all the same staff. The Big Magazine simply renamed to the Birmingham News Weekend Magazine, and I carried on exactly as before. By this point Mike Prince had become the main news anchor, and I had progressed to being the voice-over presenter of the morning and lunchtime bulletins, as well as this weekend programme.
However, you’ll notice that this page is called Weekend Magazine (Walsall), that’s because plans were being made to move our station to move into the centre of Birmingham. It was simple economics which had taken the original Big Centre TV to Walsall in the first place, and it worked fine. Now however, as part of a bigger company, we were destined to move to the big city (!). Therefore the programmes you’ll see on this page are those which continued to be produced in Walsall until we moved to Brum in the Summer of 2017…
A quick note about how the listings below work. Videos all play in the main big screen, and you choose from the thumbnail listing underneath! Oldest first, newest last. Each title is the original transmission date backwards, followed by the programme name. So “161112 Weekend Magazine” is the programme for 12th November 2016.