Central News follow-up

ITV Central News have posted another video to YouTube, this one is a follow-up item about the event at BCU.

It includes interviews with Chris Perry of Kaleidoscope, Michael Steele and Dr Paul Marshall of BECG.

 

Colour TV Comes to Town

Join us on Saturday 16th November 2019 at Birmingham City University for an event that celebrates ’50 years of Colour TV’ on the main terrestrial channels (BBC1 and ITV).

The event will be a mix of showing rare early archive colour footage from the BBC and ITV alongside honoured guests who will be interviewed live on stage in front of the gathered audience, concerning their recollections and any amusing anecdotes of working in TV during the transition period from black and white to colour TV during the late 60’s / early 70’s.

BECG will be supporting the event by showing one of the early OB units built for colour TV outside broadcast namely Southern (Southern TV’s OB Unit 1) along with a chance to view examples of Marconi MK VII’s and EMI 2001 early colour TV cameras!

Click on the following link for more information and to book your free tickets – https://becg.org.uk/event/colour-tv-comes-to-town/

Southern extra distribution amplifiers

One of the problems that we have always noted with Southern is the lack of space for distribution amplifiers, for both video (VDAs) and pulses (PDAs). Rack space is in very short supply after accommodating four Marconi MkVII camera control units with power supplies, aperture correctors and coders, plus the space required for monitors and the mixer electronics, so we had only fitted one set of distribution amplifiers.

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ABC/Thames strip-out starts

We have made our first foray into restoring our latest acquisition – the ABC/Thames Outside Broadcast Unit “GNF951E”. As detailed on the Project Page, this vehicle was converted into a mobile home by the previous owners, so we had to start by removing the modifications. A project team consisting of Paul, Richard, Martin, Jeffrey, Dave, Phil, Dicky, Jill, Margaret and Ruth assembled to start the work.

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Arriving for the strip-out

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GNF951E ABC Unit 5

Our latest project is the restoration of ABC TV’s “Unit 5”. This was one of three new vehicles ordered by ABC in the mid-sixties. It passed to Thames and then to Sony before being converted into a domestic vehicle.

Please see the Project Page for further information.