I have no idea if this will add detail or not, but here goes...
In 2006, I was working in playout at Red Bee. We were taking over the playout contract for the Flextech channels from Ascent Media, and were receiving a
of tapes each day.
This BetaSP caught my eye for the logo on the label, so I took a picture. Can't tell you what the programme was (maybe Family Fortunes?) - but it does appear to be a tape which escaped Southampton.
The tapes used for Family Channel/Challenge TV would have been dubs made for Flextech and used to playout the channel. Their location hasn't been a mystery, they'll have followed its playout from Maidstone to Stephen Street to Red Bee and presumably now Sky.
It's the main TVS archive that's the mystery, though of course there will be copies of some of their programmes in the Challenge playout library (along with those of other broadcasters like Family Fortunes).
It's the same as, say, Gold. They don't play the BBC master tapes, they have their own versions in their own library and they'll be labeled 'UK Gold', 'UKTV' or whatever branding or name used when the copy/edit was made
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 19 February 2017 10:13am