The early years: Thomson Foundation Television College

The Thomson Foundation Television College, Kirkhill House, Newton Mearns, near Glasgow was established by Canadian-born media magnate, Lord Roy Thomson, in the early 1960s offering courses and training for producers, engineers and news editors. Students came from countries all over the world. Skilled staff and the facilities of a modern television station in miniature helped these students develop their communication art.

Fast facts


Glasgow, Scotland

Project start date



Thomson Foundation history

Frequently it has been my privilege to entertain in this country the trainee journalists and trainee press administrators who have come here from Commonwealth countries, many of them very new emerging countries, under the aegis of the Thomson Foundation

The Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson OBE

Share this project

Explore our projects across the globe