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Monday 24th August 2015

SWFTA Bids a Sad Farewell to Jennie Constable, SWFTA Administrator

It is with deep immeasurable sadness that we announce the loss of a dear friend and much loved colleague. Jennie Constable [Charlesworth], SWFTA Administrator, who passed away gently in her sleep at St Lukes on Friday 14th August with her beloved Roger by her side.

Jennie was appointed as the SWFTA Administrator and Archive Researcher in 2009. A former Broadcast Production Manager at Westward and TSW, Jennie posessed vital icensing, copyright and rights clearance expertise. Jennie's impressive career in television began in 1979 when she worked as News Room Secretary for Westward Television. She became a Production Manager with TSW-Television South West and subsequently worked for Westcountry Television, Carlton, and ITV Westcountry both as a staff member and in a freelance capacity. Jennie worked on regional and network programmes, both live and recorded, in the studio and on location. As a freelance she specialised in music licensing and copyright clearance, ensuring that all outside material used in programmes was authorised for transmission in regional, national or worldwide territories. Most recently she worked in the tape library at ITV Westcountry in Plymouth and then as a news support co-ordinator at the Bristol ITV studios before joining SWFTA in May 2009. 

Jennie was an inspiration to all her met her. Always full of joy and enthusiasm for life, family, friendship and her work. A consummate professional who even during her last few weeks was there for us whenever we needed her. We are all so enormously grateful to Jennie for her outstanding contribution not just to the archive but to the wider television industry. The legacy of that contribution will continue to help SWFTA grow and develop for many years to come, she is and always will be integral to the team.

Rest in peace now dear lady - love always from your SWFTA family x