Tales from the South West’s First Full-time Cameraman:
Colin Rowe is, in his own words, an ‘old snapper’ and for the uninitiated that means he’s a former photographer, and a somewhat senior one! He was also the BBC’s first full time cameraman in the South West , filming news and general interest stories all over Devon, Cornwall, the Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly … and working with some of the best known names in local telly, many of whom went on to work on the Beeb nationally: Hugh Scully, Angela Rippon, Fern Britton, David Lomax, Sue Lawley and many many more.
Born at the beginning of the 1930s he spent the early part of the war in Plymouth with his parents, before being relocated to Scotland soon after the Blitz. Colin’s father worked in Devonport Dockyard and the move came when Mr Rowe senior was relocated to Dunstaffnage to work at the temporary dockyard base created there.