Fonds PR-1855 - Jack Webster Productions Limited fonds

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Jack Webster Productions Limited fonds

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  • moving images

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  • 1978-1987 (Creation)
    Jack Webster Productions

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2164 videocassettes & 50 cm of textual material

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Jack Webster Productions Limited was a firm owned by Jack Webster which was primarily responsible for production of the program Webster!, which ran on BCTV from 1978 to 1987.

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Incorporated August 3, 1959 as Vantel Broadcasting Co. The name was changed to British Columbia Television Broadcasting System on December 15, 1964

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The fonds comprises videotape recordings of the public affairs program "Webster!", which was broadcast by BCTV from 1978-10-02 to 1987-05-01. The fond also includes an name/subject index of guests and topics and an incomplete set of daily line-up sheets.

The list of guests who appeared on the show is a virtual "who's who" from a decade in Canadian public life. Politicians, labour leaders, prominent business people, authors, academics and entertainers were among those interviewed by Jack Webster, a veteran journalist with a reputation for being both tough and fair. A partial list of the show's better-known guests appears below.

Adams, Bryan
Allen, Bruce
Amiel, Barbara
Andstein, Cliff
Angus, Mark
Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Austin, Jack
Axworthy, Lloyd, 1939-
Barber, Charles F., 1949-
Barrett, David, 1930- DNU
Bartlett, Michael
Beatty, Perrin, 1950-
Bennett, Keith
Bennett, William Richards, 1932- DNU
Berton, Pierre Francis deMarigny, 1920-
Bibb, Leon
Blatherwick, John
Broadbent, Ed, 1936-
Caldicott, Helen
Campagnolo, Iona Viviene, 1932-
Campbell, Gordon
Campbell, Kim, 1947-
Carney, Patricia, 1935-
Chretien, Jean, 1934-
Clark, Joe, 1939-
Collins, Mary, 1940-
Crispo, John H.G. (John Herbert Gillespie), 1933-
Crosbie, John, 1931-
Curtis, Hugh Austin, 1932-
Davis, Jack, 1916-1992
Dexter, Reva K.
Dosanjh, Ujjal, 1947-
Dueck, Peter A.
Dye, Kenneth M., 1916-
Dyer, Gwynne
Fotheringham, Allan Murray, 1932-
Fraser, John Allen, 1931-
Friedmann, Karl A. (Karl Anton)
Gabelmann, Colin Stuart, 1944-
Georgetti, Ken
Gibson, Gordon Fullerton, 1937-
Green, Jim
Gruntman, Art
Hansen, Rick, 1957-
Hanson, Lyall Franklin, 1929-
Harcourt, Michael Franklin, 1943-
Hatfield, Richard, 1931-1991
Heinrich, John Herbert, 1936-
Henry, Shirley
Hewitt, James, 1933-
Holmes, Tom
Howard, Frank
Jewett, Pauline, 1922-
Johnston, Donald J., 1936-
Johnston, John
Johnston, Rita Margaret, 1935-
Kaplan, Bob
Kelly, Colin
Kempf, Jack Joseph
Krantz, Gerry
Kube, Arthur A.
Lalonde, Marc, 1929-
Latta, Mike
Lawson, Edward M., 1929-
Lea, Graham Richard, 1934-
Lee, Art
Lester, Peter
Linden, Allen M., 1934-
Macdonald, Alexander Barrett, 1918-
Macdonald, Donald, 1952-
Macdonald, Flora Isabel, 1926-
Mair, Kenneth Rafe, 1931-
Manuel, George, 1921-
Matkin, James Grant, 1942-
Mazankowski, Don, 1935-
McAllister, Peter
McCarthy, Grace Mary, 1927-
McClelland, Robert Howard, 1933-
McDougall, Barbara
McGeer, Patrick Lucey, 1927-
McLeod, Doug
McMillan, Ian
McMillan, Tom
McMurphy, Elsie
McVeigh, Chuck
Mercier, Elmer
Mitchell, David Joseph, 1954-
Mitchell, Margaret
Mulroney, Brian, 1939-
Munro, Jack
Newman, Peter C., 1929-
Nichols, Marjorie, 1943-1991
Nielsen, James Arthur, 1938-
Nunziata, John
Outerbridge, Bill
Owen, Phillip
Owen, Stephen, 1948-
Parks, John
Pederson, George
Perrault, Ray, 1926-
Phillips, Arthur, 1930-
Phillips, Donald McGray, 1929-
Phillips, Ed
Pocklington, Peter
Pollen, Peter
Puil, George
Rankin, Harry, 1920-
Richardson, Miles
Richmond, Claude
Ritchie, William Samuel, 1927-
Robinson, Svend
Rogers, Stephen, 1942-
Rose, Mark, 1924-2008
Saywell, William
Schreck, David Donald, 1947-
Segarty, Terry
Shields, John
Shrum, Gordon Merritt, 1896-1985
Skalbania, Nelson
Skelly, Robert Evans, 1943-
Smallwood, Joan Kathleen, 1950-
Smith, Brian Ray Douglas, 1934-
Stewart, Bob
Strangway, David
Stupich, David Daniel, 1921-
Taylor, Carole
Trotter, Fred
Trudeau, Pierre Elliott, 1919-2000
Turner, John Napier, 1929-
Vander Zalm, William N., 1934- DNU
Waddell, Ian G., 1942-
Walker, Michael A., 1945-
Waterland, Thomas Manville, 1933-
Watson, Paul
Watts, George
Webster, Jack, 1918-1999
Williams, Louis Allan, 1922-
Williams, Robert Arthur, 1933-
Wolfe, Evan Maurice, 1922-
Yorke, Bruce
Zimmerman, Adam

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Physical condition

All of the recordings are on ¾-inch U-Matic videocassettes, an obsolete format which is known to be prone to deterioration in the form of "sticky-shed", which will inevitably render the tapes unplayable.

Immediate source of acquisition

These recordings were transferred to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in December 1987 jointly by Jack Webster Productions Ltd. and British Columbia Television Broadcasting System Ltd.


The accession comprises tapes of approximately 1,150 episodes, each 60 or 90 minutes in length. The programs are arranged in chronological order by broadcast date.

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Some of the episodes have been digitized for improved access. Those Webster! episodes are hosted on the Royal BC Museum’s YouTube channel. Use the magnifying glass search icon in the RBCM information band to ensure that you are only searching the RBCM YouTube channel. Search for a particular episode using the AAAA number provided in the item-level description. For example: searching for AAAA7579 will result in displaying the digitized version of the episode. Searching in the main search box using the AAAA number will retrieve the episode, but will also retrieve other YouTube results.

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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.

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Copyright status: Copyright assigned to the British Columbia Archives by Jack Webster and BCTV in December 1987. Credit BCTV if re-used.

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Basic item-level descriptions are available online.

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Conservation and reference videocassettes have been created for one program -- the episode of 1980-02-05. (V1988:25/0353.01 & 0354.01).

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Accession number(s): V1988:25; 89-0336


Video originals are in cool storage. Selected episodes are in the process of being converted to a digital format for preservation and access.

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