by Phil Nott
TV in London is 65 years old in 2020, remaining vital throughout a period of external pressures as well as the changing viewing habits of the population. In this article, I look at the birth and evolution of London Weekend Television, and at the role that technology played in developing its sport and drama output.
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By Richard Harris
There is more to consider when providing power for an outside broadcast unit than arriving on-site and plugging into the nearest socket outlet. Safety and compliance with regulations concerning use of power need to be taken into account, particularly when the public are present. There are some complex technical and legal issues involved.
Continue reading “Project Vivat – Power System considerations”
By Dan Cranefield, Senior Engineering Manager, BBC Tel OBs.
Dan Cranefield recalls his involvement with the BBC coverage of the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the D Day landings from Arromanches and Bayeux in France.
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A newly formed charity in England is preserving and using a number of vintage outside broadcast trucks that were originally used in the UK in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Continue reading “Recreating the magic of TV’s early days”
Television Outside Broadcast History: “The Roving Eye”.
Compiled by Richard Harris. Updated 2020-12-28.
To view the entire article in PDF format, please follow this link: The Roving Eye.
This brief history follows the development of the BBC facility providing real-time television pictures from moving vehicles to bring action pictures to viewers.
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Part 1 (1968 to 1980)
By Phil Nott
If you want to understand the history of Thames Television’s outside broadcast (OB) trucks, it is necessary first to appreciate the tortuous way that the broadcaster came into being. Therefore, I am starting this review of the Thames OB fleet with a little history.
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Alan Taylor sent us these pictures of the former BBC LO-4 Type 5 scanner being hoisted into the garden of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage at Bow.
Continue reading “Ex BBC Type 5 for Channel 4’s Big Breakfast”
Carry on Trucking – Jeffrey Borinsky
While many enthusiasts collect radios and televisions, broadcasting equipment is a more neglected area. The Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group (BECG) is a group of people who rescue, restore and conserve historic UK television equipment, focusing on the engineering aspects. We aim to use this to present television history to the public. Continue reading “Carry on Trucking”
Dan Cranefield writes about the time that MCR23 was pressed into service when the LMCR was damaged.
Continue reading “How engineers kept Z Cars on the road”
By Dan Cranefield, Senior Engineering Manager, BBC Tel OBs
Dan Cranefield recalls the days before satellite uplinks.
Continue reading “Radio Links from Outside Broadcasts in the 1960s”