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Earliest surviving 2″ quad videotape masters

How would one even go about transferring these ancient tapes these days? Are there any archivists who have tape machines from the era in good working order? And would the tapes be in good enough condition to transfer?

I remember watching a documentary about them re-mastering Red Dwarf in the 1990s, and even then transferring the masters from the relatively new 80s VTs was difficult to say the least.

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A look around an abandoned ITV Regional Building

Hi all Smile

I hope you find this as interesting as I did.

We were doing some work in the old ITV Channel TV building at La Pouquelaye in Jersey, and was surprised just how much of it was still intact, considering it has been abandoned for some time. Other companies have since moved into other parts of the building (including the main studio, the pictures included of the main studio are older than the others. It is now pretty much empty except for some VR equipment)

Even after a year of them moving to their new premises, the old building still looks pretty much like this. Thought you guys might be interested in a '28 days Later' style snooping around slideshow.

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Main Channel Report Studio.

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One of the two control rooms. The other did seem to have been totally dismantled.


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Some highlights from the server rooms and other equipment.

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The old Oscar Puffin Studio.


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The empty film archive. Surprised how large this archive was actually.


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An old Channel TV Logo.


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Off-Air with an even OLDER Channel TV logo hidden in the picture.


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A goodbye from one of the old staff presumably Sad


Surprised how in tact all of it still was. The building was built in 1988 so a lot of the cabling and infrastructure was still old, but with a lot of newer kit in places. Seeing as though the new Castle Quay building is probably built for HD, i imagine a lot of the stuff here isn't useful to anyone anymore, but i'm surprised they have just left it there still mostly in tact.