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Inspector Sands10,449 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I happened to be in London with the kids today so thought I would take a trip to Wood Lane station to have a look. Once we got off and had a look round I was surprised at how sad/frustrated it was to see the building in its current state. It just hit home how much is now lost. How such a large plot in London can be sold for £200m is astonishing, it's such a bad deal

They didn't sell the 'plot', they sold the building. The land is still owned by the BBC and will be worth much more, in fact the reason they didn't sell it was because the market was low at the time.

Whether that's a bad price for the building, I'm not so sure. It's not as if it was usable for another purpose without massive rebuilding.
suziechan75 posts since 10 May 2004
The problem with the old cloaking is that it meant every trail had hundreds of versions in case it was cross promoted. The flow idea didn't work half the time anyway with sponsorship etc

I also prefer the time etc bigger. They were far too small before
Inspector Sands10,449 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Considering the whole point of Television Centre was to have everything under one roof, production offices for news, sport, children's, comedy, drama etc, and set building and storage and 8 studios, that actually didn't happen until the 1990s after Lime Grove was closed.

It didn't even happen then. Remember that they didn't invent sending departments and having network production in or being transferred to Manchester and Birmingham in the 2000's.

Also in the 90s they built White City. Having everything under one roof never happened


I believe the agreed curfew is 2300 with exceptions granted occasionally (presumably for something like Children in Need?).

In the good old days didn't they have to finish studio records by 2200 because the unions would have turn off the power or need much more money if they ran past that?
p_c_u_k1,755 posts since 27 Mar 2004
SOL, my point about "you clearly believe all this stuff" was more to address the fact you've been playing the "don't shoot the messenger" game and pretending this isn't your point of view. As much as I think it's terribly misguided I'd have more respect discussing something with someone who all-out said "I believe this" rather than someone who hid behind "many people think this".

Like I said though, I feel this thread has veered way off-topic, so no further contributions from me on this side of things. There's a time and a place for making unfounded bias allegations about broadcasters and it's the Digital Spy Forums. I don't get involved in those discussions because they become increasingly unhinged, and I'm not going to waste my time on it here. Not because anyone has been unreasonable here, but because that's where it would end up.
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tmorgan96291 posts since 6 Jan 2012
BBC World
The problem with the old cloaking is that it meant every trail had hundreds of versions in case it was cross promoted. The flow idea didn't work half the time anyway with sponsorship etc

I also prefer the time etc bigger. They were far too small before
I would've assumed such a system would've been designed to do those transitions on the fly using a computer in playout? Doing it manually for each ident sounds impractical to me.
suziechan75 posts since 10 May 2004
The problem with the old cloaking is that it meant every trail had hundreds of versions in case it was cross promoted. The flow idea didn't work half the time anyway with sponsorship etc
I would've assumed such a system would've been designed to do those transitions on the fly using a computer in playout? Doing it manually for each ident sounds impractical to me.


No. Each promo lost a second at the top and at the bottom for the transition

If a promo was being shown on all channels - it would need an opener for each separate channel, for each version. So big pushes ended up with hundreds of versions.

Plus the way their scheduling works it's actually very rare to get two promos next to each other.
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Riaz296 posts since 6 Jan 2016
Inn Quiz was a local programme so may not have been included in the archive. In fact I'm pretty sure Meridian acquired non-network programmes.


I'm vaguely aware that Meridian acquired local current affairs programmes but did they really acquire EVERY non-network programme? These included coverage of prominent local events, such as Tall Ships' Race, and a few children's programmes, such as Radio - a drama set in a radio station. Was The Real World networked or was it only shown locally?

What about documentaries produced for C4?

I think you ought to check their catalogue, think you'll be disappointed.... not even any Inn Quiz!


I have already checked the online catalogue but past experience has told me not to automatically trust online catalogues. Archives and museums often have other stuff either not yet catalogued or not listed in public catalogues.