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TomJ17 posts since 10 Oct 2010
London London
I remember the TVam website did have a bit on the inject studio in newcastle, they even got hold of the backdrop that was used fow down the line stuff from there.


I walked past the TV-am building in Jesmond many times (I had friends who lived around the corner from it), and often wondered what exactly it was used for.


I worked in it ten years ago - still had the '80s wicker and pastel chairs in the staff room. Luxury flats now.
bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012

I think he either meant Anglia (the IBA ROC at Croydon had good quality off air signals from Hannington (TVS) and Sudbury (Anglia), or he meant the Leeds playout centre standby arrangement. Off air YTV in London was impossible !


I suspect a typo too. More likely ATV or Anglia as the 'other' backup . If Kent house were evacuated etc the switch would have been at BT tower, not CP or Croydon, so no need for any off -air signals.


Although Thames once had a bomb scare evacuation, and on that instance the IBA Croydon ROC patched off-air received TVS to Crystal Palace (Remember up until the late 80s, the outgoing BT Tower feeds went via the IBA control room at Croydon on their way to CP).
I think during Southern's era the same thing happened one Friday night with LWT ?


I wonder why they would have done that? TVS’ output would have been freely available at BT tower? Don’t know about LWT>Southern, I would assume LWT>tower>southamptn local SWC > transmitters?
Markymark5,892 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today

I suspect a typo too. More likely ATV or Anglia as the 'other' backup . If Kent house were evacuated etc the switch would have been at BT tower, not CP or Croydon, so no need for any off -air signals.


Although Thames once had a bomb scare evacuation, and on that instance the IBA Croydon ROC patched off-air received TVS to Crystal Palace (Remember up until the late 80s, the outgoing BT Tower feeds went via the IBA control room at Croydon on their way to CP).
I think during Southern's era the same thing happened one Friday night with LWT ?


I wonder why they would have done that? TVS’ output would have been freely available at BT tower?


They may well have initially patched in the off air feed at Croydon, because that would have been instant, then
made phone calls to BT and TVS to get TVS routed via the BT circuits ? The received Hannington pictures at Croydon were very clean (cleaner than many permanent RBL links !)


Don’t know about LWT>Southern, I would assume LWT>tower>southamptn local SWC > transmitters?

The LWT thing, was in the same direction, Southern being seen in London.
Steve in Pudsey9,469 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I wonder why they would have done that? TVS’ output would have been freely available at BT tower? Don’t know about LWT>Southern, I would assume LWT>tower>southamptn local SWC > transmitters?


Possibly because there was no cost for the IBA to switch to the RBS feed, wheras BT would have charged a switching fee? Also, when LWT were in a position to go back on the air it could be done more quickly if it was under IBA control than having to instruct BT to do it?
Write that down in your copybook now.
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