By Dan Cranefield, Senior Engineering Manager, BBC Tel OBs
The Palace of Arts, Wembley during the 1948 Olympics. Photo: BBC Archive via web.archive.org.
After the war BBC Television Outside Broadcasts (
Tel OBs) operated from their base at the Palace of Arts in Wembley, one of the substantial buildings which were built there specially for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. Some of these buildings were put to other uses later on. Continue reading “My “Palace of Arts” Days”
Televideo Outside Broadcast and Production started in 1976 and will celebrate 45 years in the industry in 2021.
They have a number of High Definition Outside Broadcast Units and deliver the highest standard of outside broadcasting to a worldwide client base.
Continue reading “Televideo Outside Broadcast and Production”
Coming soon: Richard Harris looks at the history of the BBC’s generator trucks.
There were only ever ten of these as eventually the BBC simply hired generators from outside organisations.
Richard’s article relates everything that he could discover about each of the ten.
Is this really a BBC Generator van? Photo: Dave Hill
Two vintage trucks being lovingly preserved by the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group prove that not all television repeats are really such a bad thing.
Continue reading “Commercial Motor”
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.
Continue reading “London Weekend Television’s Pioneering Technology”
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.
Continue reading “BBC coverage of 40th and 50th anniversaries of the D Day landings”
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”
Richard has been in contact with David Taylor who runs the
PostFade website. On the site he looks at broadcast and recorded sound, exploring the techniques from the 1950s and 1960s to the present. Continue reading “David Taylor’s Postfade website”
Robin Stonestreet has been in touch with us with a list of BBC CMCRs (Colour Mobile Control Rooms). This draws on earlier work by Jerry Clegg with extra input from Brian Summers and Richard Harris.
Continue reading “BBC CMCR list”