"To Southern Television: a fine company, a very fine company." The words of Southern Television chairman Charles Wilson at the final staff dinner. Wilson ranted at anyone or everyone in particular the IBA and TVS. Southern began on 30th August 1958 and covered from Kent to South Somerset and East Dorset and from the Thames Valley to the Isle of Wight. They were the first franchise to do regional opt outs with a show in the South East broadcast from their Dover studios with a different show for the South from Southampton. Southern contributed to kids programmes with Runaround, Noah's Castle and Freewheelers. There was also dramas and comedy including Armchair Theatre and Take A Letter Mr Jones. The 1980 franchise round saw Southern put in a 16 page application. The IBA wanted them to reapply with much more detail as they felt Southern was too complacent. Southern lost to TVS, a decision that made the board at Southern very irate. The rest is just "Portakabin TV!!!"