There was tidal fading, but we did do Bournemouth to Rowridge to Chanctonbury Ring to Crystal Palace a fair bit, as it didn't tie up the only Bristol to London contribution circuit.
The bigger issue was actually the fading due to temperature inversions, which was at a peak in October.
Using different frequencies over long paths helped - as 7GHz faded, hopefully either 12GHz or 5GHz would be OK, and vice versa.
Half asleep and hungry and playing the ProBel matrix like a piano throughout Breakfast Time was such a great way to start the day.
We did once hire a new BT fibre circuit from Bournemouth to London which we only paid for if we used.
When there was some severe fading and we used it in anger - it faded too.
Turns out it was just fibre from the BICC itself, and then followed a very similar path on SHF to our links.......
Any idea how your friends from TVS/ITN got their pictures back to So'ton/London ?