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deejay2,439 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
All of the English regions' baloons era clocks were on tape - the last minute leading up to 1300, 1800 and 2200 were delivered to each centre on a tape. This was the first time in years that the regions were asked to do clocks into the "News Hour". The regions hadn't introduced the national news over a clock since the eraly 80s I think - and back then they all had mechanical clocks - as far as I know they were never sent GNAT devices (Generator of Network Analogue Time !) to go with their COWs (Computer Originated World) So for the launch of the newshours with integrated heads and halfways, and the requirement for regions to have a clock introducing the national and regional presenters, sending a prerecorded clock was seen as the most cost effective way of doing it. I remember a mate of mine dubbing them all off and grumbling about how dull the job was. I also remember watching the first regional clock go out at lunchtime ... from a certain room on the 4th floor of Television Centre if I remember rightly... Wink

Anyway, should a regional clock like that fine mock ever return, (and I don't think it will) it's highly likely that it would again be delivered on tape and therefore any keying and transitions etc would be simply part of the edited video delivered.
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Mike W4,512 posts since 30 Apr 2006
All of the English regions' baloons era clocks were on tape - the last minute leading up to 1300, 1800 and 2200 were delivered to each centre on a tape. This was the first time in years that the regions were asked to do clocks into the "News Hour". The regions hadn't introduced the national news over a clock since the eraly 80s I think - and back then they all had mechanical clocks - as far as I know they were never sent GNAT devices (Generator of Network Analogue Time !) to go with their COWs (Computer Originated World) So for the launch of the newshours with integrated heads and halfways, and the requirement for regions to have a clock introducing the national and regional presenters, sending a prerecorded clock was seen as the most cost effective way of doing it. I remember a mate of mine dubbing them all off and grumbling about how dull the job was. I also remember watching the first regional clock go out at lunchtime ... from a certain room on the 4th floor of Television Centre if I remember rightly... Wink

Anyway, should a regional clock like that fine mock ever return, (and I don't think it will) it's highly likely that it would again be delivered on tape and therefore any keying and transitions etc would be simply part of the edited video delivered.


I remember being told that Pebble Mill had a GNAT, or I read it that way. It could just have been a 12 hour VT of a clock. It was to be used when Net was switched up to Brum as part of DR. I'll have to try and find where I read that, it might have been on a pres site that has long since closed.
deejay2,439 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
Actually, you're probably right in that Pebble Mill would have had a GNAT - as you say, they were thre backup presentation facility until the mid 2000s. I'll see if I can confirm that from some of the stuff I've got from those days too...
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Mike W4,512 posts since 30 Apr 2006
Actually, you're probably right in that Pebble Mill would have had a GNAT - as you say, they were thre backup presentation facility until the mid 2000s. I'll see if I can confirm that from some of the stuff I've got from those days too...


The Mill had a GNAT in the standby TV Network Continuity Suite which was near to Gallery C. This was removed in 2001 (decommissioned in 1998) and all things to do with playout and continuity were shifted to TAR.