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by David Ballard
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: The box that says “the adverts are coming”

They're called cue dots, rather like those you see in old films to indicate to the projectionist when to change rolls. In tv, they were used to indicate to each of the ITV regions when to standby and run commercial breaks. They were also used to provide cues in and out of live programmes and OBs (th...
by David Ballard
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ennio Morricone
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone, Prolific Italian Composer for the Movies, has died aged 91:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... -91-858358
by David Ballard
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

David, Did you ever manage to track this piece down? Hi Nigel, Sorry for taking so long. I've not found it yet, I'm afraid. It's not on any of the cassettes I've already transferred and I've been having problems with my PC which has delayed transferring the rest. I'm determined to find it though! D...
by David Ballard
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Novelty Records
Replies: 15
Views: 2052

Re: Novelty Records

There was Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman with Kinky Boots.
by David Ballard
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 964

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

Although I can't answer your question, I'm fairly sure that I have a recording of it from the early 80s. I'm away from home at the moment but when I get back I'll see if I can find it and post it somewhere.
by David Ballard
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Roobarb Forum question
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: Roobarb Forum question

I had a similar problem when I registered last year. I'd pretty much given up when I received an e-mail after a few weeks to say my account had been approved. You might just need to be patient.
by David Ballard
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes
Replies: 20
Views: 2163

Re: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes

From the 1977 BBC Handbook: "In Scotland, the Geneva frequency plan should lead to an improvement in the low-frequency (long -wave) service. The present 200 kHz (400 kW) transmitter at Droitwich does not adequately serve Scotland but, under the new plan, additional 200 kHz (50 kW) and 227 kHz (50 kW...
by David Ballard
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Network That Never Was
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

Re: The Network That Never Was

I know there has been a policy at some points in the past for the north-east to be protected from certain regional and local cuts to help strengthen the BBC's position in the area, as evidently it's a part of the country where the Corporation has traditionally been less popular. I believe the old N...
by David Ballard
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Network That Never Was
Replies: 25
Views: 2884

Re: The Network That Never Was

The regional 5 minute news bulletins finished on Friday 12 September 1980, the day after Radio Norfolk launched. I have an audio recording of a part of Nationwide in which, following a link up with Radio Norfolk, Sue Lawley interviewed the then BBC Chairman George Howard about the cuts and mentioned...
by David Ballard
Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Probation Officer
Replies: 5
Views: 777

Re: Probation Officer

The episodes listed on the cover, and their TX dates, are: Episode One - 14 September 1959 Episode Two - 21 September 1959 Episode Three - 28 September 1959 Episode Five - 12 October 1959 Episode Six - 19 October 1959 Episode Seven - 26 October 1959 Episode Eight - 2 November 1959 Episode Thirteen -...
by David Ballard
Fri May 20, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 2539

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

I have a vague recollection of reading something along those lines too, but can't remember where. A couple of possible sources are Edward Pawley's History of BBC Engineering or On Air - The History of BBC Transmission. I'll have a look over the weekend although the latter is available as a free down...
by David Ballard
Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Except for viewers in Scotland"
Replies: 11
Views: 1653

Re: "Except for viewers in Scotland"

Simon Coward wrote:Would it have ever been used towards the end of the late national news?
It happens now towards the end of the 10 O'clock News on BBC 1 when they trail Newsnight on BBC 2 since BBC 2 Scotland are showing Newsnight delayed by half-an-hour.
by David Ballard
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Terry Wogan
Replies: 4
Views: 1007

Sir Terry Wogan

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77, after short illness, his family confirms

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment ... 4756603642#_=_
by David Ballard
Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Northern Ireland 50th Anniversary Documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 504

BBC Northern Ireland 50th Anniversary Documentary

For anyone interested in these kind of things, as part of the BBC Northern Ireland 90th anniversary, last night BBC2 NI repeated a behind the scenes documentary made in 1974 for their 50th. It's available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... nniversary.
by David Ballard
Mon Aug 18, 2014 6:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: James Alexander Gordon
Replies: 5
Views: 856

James Alexander Gordon

James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, has died aged 78.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28844131
by David Ballard
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Change to Licence Fee law could cost BBC £200m a year
Replies: 23
Views: 2099

Re: Change to Licence Fee law could cost BBC £200m a year

GarethR wrote: Is it actually possible to pinch Sky anyway?
It would appear so: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01s52zy
by David Ballard
Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC4 to be axed this month?
Replies: 77
Views: 6592

Re: BBC4 to be axed this month?

Clive wrote:Why not make either BBC3 or BBC4 iPlayer only channels and so avoid distribution costs towards the terrestrial broadcast network ?
Because you wouldn't save anything unless you did the same to either CBBC or CBeebies - they use shared infrastructure.
by David Ballard
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 7043

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

Was it generally understood at the time that all channels would eventually go to 625 lines Well, the frequency planning for the UHF network was certainly planned from the outset as being a four channel network so it was certainly understood from technical and political perspectives. Whether the gen...
by David Ballard
Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1331

Re: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?

I can't speak for news, but in playout it's normal practice for server clips have 5 second handles so that the VT clock is still present as an ident. While the scheduled clip will have an in point of 10:00:00:00 that is 5 seconds into the clip and sometimes the director will change the in point to 0...
by David Ballard
Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie double standards ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2576

Re: Corrie double standards ?

But that's the sort of thing that does happen in real life. Surely the character is only reflecting that?
by David Ballard
Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie double standards ?
Replies: 16
Views: 2576

Re: Corrie double standards ?

Is it really double standard's on Coronations Street's part though, or just a reflection of the hypocrisy we see in real life?
by David Ballard
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Major ITV Failure?
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Re: Major ITV Failure?

London DTT seems to be OK so it looks like it might be an uplink problem rather than playout.
by David Ballard
Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 104mhz to 108mhz ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1664

Re: 104mhz to 108mhz ?

I also miss listening to BBC Wales TV sound which was in the same VHF frequency range, this was around 1984. VHF tv was never in the same band as VHF radio before or after the changes. VHF TV used bands I (41-68 MHz) and III (174-216 MHz), with radio in between in band II. VHF tv also used AM for t...
by David Ballard
Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: I'll give you the money meself...
Replies: 84
Views: 7693

Re: I'll give you the money meself...

Brock wrote:So what group was Alfred Hitchcock in originally then?
The Byrds?
by David Ballard
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 104mhz to 108mhz ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1664

Re: 104mhz to 108mhz ?

The change in Europe came about as a result of a decision by the World Administrative Radio Conference in 1979, although the actual change took a while to implement. In the UK, the VHF band for broadcast radio only went up to 97.6MHz with police mobile radio using the band above that, although Radio...
by David Ballard
Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programes about television
Replies: 33
Views: 3016

Re: Programes about television

As well as the ones mentioned, a few others that I can think of off the top of my head are One Day in the Life of Television from 1988, a BFI project which also had a book, Storm in an Egg-Cup about TVam and The Lime Grove Story.
by David Ballard
Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Funny Business
Replies: 4
Views: 705

Re: Funny Business

Yes, I saw it too and really enjoyed it and was puzzled as to why the second part was cancelled. Where did you find out that it was because of the low audience figures?