Recreating the magic of TV’s early days

This article was published in “New Zealand Trucking”, August 2020. To read the original version please click here.

Reproduced with permission from New Zealand Trucking – https://nztrucking.co.nz/

Story by Ruth Slavid. Photos by Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group.

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.

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Carry on Trucking

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”

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

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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://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/colour-tv-comes-to-town-tickets-75577425113

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 – http://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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