Independent Television Authority, Independent Broadcasting Authority, and Cable Authority archive

Scope and Content

This is a large archive containing among other items Authority committee minutes and papers, Authority papers, Cable franchise applications, Director General's correspondence, Engineering Director's correspondence, Policy files, Programme contractor files, Programmes files, Radio Consultative Committee minutes and papers, Radio contract applications, Radio Director's correspondence, Research for reports, Television Director's correspondence, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Independent Television Authority (ITA) 1954-1972 was succeeded by the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) 1972-1990. The IBA together with the Cable Authority 1984-1990, became the Independent Television Commission (ITC) in 1990. In 2003 the ITC became part of Ofcom - the Office of Communications


There are 21,632 files numbered chronologically on a database. These file numbers are matched to the number of the box they are in. Access to the archive database is via password. Please contact for a password. Use the database to select those boxes you wish to consult

Access Information

Viewing material is by prior arrangement only. Up to four boxes of material may be requested for retrieval from the off site store. Consultation is in the Special Collections room in The Sir Michael Cobham Library. All researchers will be required to sign a disclaimer before viewing material.

Other Finding Aids

Access to the archive database is via password. Please contact for a password.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Librarian

Custodial History

Transferred to the University by the Office of Communications