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BR
Brekkie
If ever they would surely this year would have been when.
JA
Jarv
Sure I've got three or four VHS tapes full of this broadcast somewhere, makes me want to dig them out and take a look
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ST
South Today
Jarv posted:
Sure I've got three or four VHS tapes full of this broadcast somewhere, makes me want to dig them out and take a look


Snap! Sadly I don’t have a vhs player Sad
JA
Jarv
Yeah I have, remember thinking at the time this is something I should record to keep and look back on!
AN
Andrew Founding member
Asa posted:
The opening was great there - Angel of the North ident, announcer bursting with pride, great sting and titles and David Dimbleby to kick it all off.

I wonder if there would ever be a possibility of somewhere like BBC Parliament repeating the whole lot, like they do with the elections. Guess there would be some rights issues, not to mention the lottery draws. If it has been 10 or 20 years later we’d all have been able to record the whole lot very easily without multiple tapes and dodgy VHS tracking!

It’s very similar to an election programme when you think about it, with the big set, and various different presentation locations. Yes maybe BBC Parliament should have shown it this year.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
I suspect there would be plenty of rights issues. I think I read that in addition to the hub arrangement in TC5 that Commseng mentions there was a second hub in TC7 feeding BBC World's equivalent programme.

They couldn't just simulcast BBC One because a lot of the hourly fireworks etc celebrations from around the world were only licensed for the UK.
UK
UKnews
I did some work with the producer who was with John Simpson on ‘Millennium Island’, they told me some of the story of what happened.

The journey there had taken several days by boat, with the producer and crew having to sleep out on deck because there were very few berths (infant I think there was just the one). It was absolutely vital the satellite link worked, because not only did they have to get John Simpson live for ten BBC as the new Millennium began for the first place on land, they were responsible for the feed of the event to the rest of the world (via Associated Press).

When they came to set up the technicians found a key component of the satellite dish wasn’t working. A replacement had to be sourced in the US, got to Hawaii, and flown from there - involving small airports that were only open at certain times, people being found and woken up and so on.

As we know fortunately it all came good in the end!

(There were other fun details to the story but sadly I’ve forgotten them!)
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NT
Night Thoughts
One other thing that has come to mind about this, is that everyone in the BBC who worked that day did get a one off payment, and I can't remember exactly what it was now, but something in excess of the standard £68 for working Christmas Day...


In news, it was £150 for working NYE or NYD or £500 for the night shift.

Still got a BBC Millennium security lanyard somewhere.
WH
Whataday Founding member
Didn't the BBC spell Millennium wrong at the press launch for their coverage?
MI
Michael
Didn't the BBC spell Millennium wrong at the press launch for their coverage?


Yeah, they spelt it MM.

LS
Lou Scannon
Tonight we're gonna party like it's MCMXCIX.
CO
commseng
I did some work with the producer who was with John Simpson on ‘Millennium Island’, they told me some of the story of what happened.

The journey there had taken several days by boat, with the producer and crew having to sleep out on deck because there were very few berths (infant I think there was just the one). It was absolutely vital the satellite link worked, because not only did they have to get John Simpson live for ten BBC as the new Millennium began for the first place on land, they were responsible for the feed of the event to the rest of the world (via Associated Press).

When they came to set up the technicians found a key component of the satellite dish wasn’t working. A replacement had to be sourced in the US, got to Hawaii, and flown from there - involving small airports that were only open at certain times, people being found and woken up and so on.

As we know fortunately it all came good in the end!

(There were other fun details to the story but sadly I’ve forgotten them!)

Funnily enough I had a very similar thing happen almost a year ago, a problem with a satellite uplink that needed an unusual item to be sourced in the US and sent to Miami. The problem was then getting it to our remote island. Never as straight forward as it first seems.

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