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.
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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”
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.
He joined the Anglia Television sound department in the summer of 1966 and closed his ‘Postfade Sound’ television post production suite in 2012.
The articles on his site are mainly concerned with sound, but cameras, vehicles and lighting also feature.
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”
Television Outside Broadcasts History: “The Roving Eye”.
Compiled by Richard Harris. Updated 2020-07-20 and 2020-11-25.
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.
Continue reading “A review of the Thames Television OB fleet Part 1”