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JA
james-2001
Technically by 1983 things like that were done from the IBA's ROCs (of which there were 4)


ROCs? Care to elaborate please?


Regional Operation Centres. They set up 4 of them in the late 70s to replace what people working at each transmitter site would have done and did a lot of the work remotely.
JA
james-2001
I think Yorkshire were second with Jobfinder and used it as an all night filler after the Music Box experiment ended.


They were the last to keep it running too, as it kept going until around 2004/2005. It was topped and tailed with studio segments by this point rather than just being job listings.

Was the Tyne Tees jobfinder run in silence, or has it been muted by whoever uploaded that video to avoid the content police?
SC
Si-Co
I think Yorkshire were second with Jobfinder and used it as an all night filler after the Music Box experiment ended.



They were the last to keep it running too, as it kept going until around 2004/2005. It was topped and tailed with studio segments by this point rather than just being job listings.

Was the Tyne Tees jobfinder run in silence, or has it been muted by whoever uploaded that video to avoid the content police?


On Tyne Tees it was always silent.
JA
james-2001
Couldn't afford to pay for music Razz
SP
Steve in Pudsey
With thanks to Neil Miles, I never knew BBC Wales covered the network CBBC ident up with a Wales branded version

JA
james-2001
Did they do it all the time or just for the birthday slot? If the latter that may explain why nobody's really picked up on it until now.

I still love that pre-summer 1994 Studio A.
IS
Inspector Sands
Interesting clip, wonder what it was a part of, The Late Show or something?

When you see the control room and all the other channels on monitors on testcard you realise why the ITV companies treated nighttime as they did in the early days.... it literally was the only thing on.


According to the description, it was this:

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/acdb118c4c9d425abef5aabaa1fba142

I thought it seemed like an odd thing to just produce as a stand alone programme and I was right...... it was originally an item on The Late Show on 15th November 1990.
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 23 March 2021 3:30pm - 2 times in total
AN
Andrew Founding member
With thanks to Neil Miles, I never knew BBC Wales covered the network CBBC ident up with a Wales branded version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QXwishQO5A


If they did do it all the time, it must have caused a less than clean start to the programme, as CBBC were not adverse to doing a fancy effect from the ident into the studio, and also the ident music would continue as a bed over the first link as well.

The latter wouldn't have been an issue if they only opted out in vision, and the sound was still from network?
SP
Steve in Pudsey
I think you're on to something there - the closing ident is out of sync with the audio - the BBC logo appears a few beats early
VM
VMPhil
Just got round to watching this, a two hour documentary about the one-off 1984 Nether Wallop International Arts Festival, a precursor of sorts to Comic Relief. Starts off slow but trust me you'll want to watch it till the end. More info on the Wikipedia page.

And for extra geekiness, there's an LWT breakdown on this recording about 17 minutes in. (The programme itself features many gratuitous shots of an LWT OB truck).

JA
james-2001
Closedown and 4-tel on view from Easter Sunday in 1991:



There's a lot more to 4-tel on view here than there was in its post-1993 incarnation, especially in terms of animations, and a competition that wasn't just "Scratch4Cash" which seemed to be the only one running in the 1993-96 era.

It isn't the full closedown though, I assume there was 40 minutes of ETP-1 and tone in there too... if not the actual transmitter being closed down in the middle as well (though would they have done that for such a short closedown?).

Interesting that ETP1 still says IBA at this point too, hadn't the IBA ceased to exist by this point? It had changed to saying NTL later in 1991.

This would have been just over a week before I started primary school as well.
LL
London Lite Founding member
Thanks to the previous 4-Tel post, it showed a preview of Gazza's Soccer School where Paul Gascoigne taught kids how to play football.

He's actually a good coach!

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