Pat Astley has shared announcing duties since January 1958, when he was selected from 823 applicants.

He is a vigorous, exhilarating character whose bubbling enthusiasm registers immediately on the screen. And — typical of a war-time Commando — he will tackle any job, anywhere and at any time

He is a true enthusiast. He adds to his announcing duties reports and commentaries for news and magazine programmes. One of his hobbies is skin-diving, a pastime to which he has converted Noele Gordon. He has coached Noele in the instructional course she has undergone for the screen.

Pat came to ATV from the motor industry. He made an immediate hit, and remains a top favourite.

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'ATV the Midlands' is a promotional brochure produced by ATV in Birmingham in 1963

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