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by JezR
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Planned competition within ITV
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Planned competition within ITV

The publicly available details that I have seen are vague - I daresay something might be buried in the archive if it could ever be found; I think a report was issued internally in early 1956 before the money crisis. I have always supposed it would have meant two separate 7-day stations. This might s...
by JezR
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Planned competition within ITV
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Planned competition within ITV

Most likely I guess is that the BBC would have continued as a single channel national public broadcaster along the roles played by the Australian ABC or Canadian CBC.
by JezR
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Planned competition within ITV
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Planned competition within ITV

A number of reasons: the poor financial state of the early stations through 1956 as the audience built up; lack and slowness of frequencies released by the Post Office; the BBC fighting a rear guard action and asking to start its own second network in Band III; putting this all in this ultimately in...
by JezR
Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Changing the time
Replies: 24
Views: 3442

Re: Changing the time

It's all a bit weird from my perspective. I was born in 1966 and have no recollection of the ITV companies before the 1968 franchise renewal. I was used to ITV companies being based in their regions (although ATV at Elstree threw me somewhat). In the 1960s it seems that all the major companies were...
by JezR
Sat Dec 31, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Changing the time
Replies: 24
Views: 3442

Re: Changing the time

Granada actually had to give a commitment to the ITA in the 1960s to improve its links with its (then North) region as it didn't have anyone who based there on its Board - it was a company managed from London. It also had to agree not to shift productions to London. No such formal requirements were ...
by JezR
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Changing the time
Replies: 24
Views: 3442

Re: Changing the time

Three after Six on Rediffusion retained its name even after being moved later to 18:05 and 18:08.
by JezR
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 2617

Re: BBC2 reach at launch in 64

Was buying actually much of a thing in the 60s? I thought the majority rented sets because of set and repair costs. I know my parents rented until the early 80s, although I am pretty sure both sets of grandparents had bought sets. It may well have been get a new set rather than actually buy one. Wo...
by JezR
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 17609

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Nick Cooper 625 wrote:
Ross wrote:Similarly, as a kid I was puzzled by the term "available at all good bookshops". I wondered what qualified as a good bookshop.
Because ones that did not stock the book were bad!
Hence the phrase 'available at all good bookshops and WH Smiths'.
by JezR
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 17609

Re: Odd misapprehensions

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by JezR
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 2617

Re: BBC2 reach at launch in 64

In case it isn't fully clear as to the importance, TAM only measured viewing in households that had sets capable of receiving Independent Television - although the single-channel set homes remaining by 1964 must have been fairly low. The NOP survey was largely carried out to demonstrate that BBC2 wa...
by JezR
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 2617

Re: BBC2 reach at launch in 64

In June 1964, TAM figures indicate that 7 per cent of the television audience in London had BBC 2, although the BBC maintained it was 9.9%. An additional 2% of sets were capable of receiving BBC2, but had no suitable aerial for it, which may account for the difference. An NOP poll indicated that onl...
by JezR
Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 17609

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Nigel Stapley wrote:Back in the 60s, I was convinced there was a BBC newsreader called Al Varley-Dell.
Robert Dougall said in his autobiography that at least one person thought his name was Alexander Paris. From the phrase "and now for the news over to Alexandra Palace".
by JezR
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 2200

Re: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)

Often only Housewifes' Choice is mentioned in connection with Jimmy Young on the Light Programme but as was common in those days he did most of the general record programmes including Midday Spin, Playtime etc as well as compering musical shows whilst still doing some singing in these.
by JezR
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 2200

Re: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)

No marks, though, for the following extract from the BBC obituary: The Light Programme, where Sir Jimmy began his career, was broadcast simultaneously on Radio 2 and Radio 1 from 1967, making him one of Radio 1's original DJs. It has been somewhat reworded already: A lack of money meant some output...
by JezR
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Birth of TV
Replies: 4
Views: 1201

Re: The Birth of TV

It was the inflexibility at the studio which killed the Baird high-definition system, not the quality of the received picture. Contemporary independent reports comparing the two versions of the opening programme indicate that the Baird live pictures - which probably were mostly intermediate film - ...
by JezR
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Black Adder: how should it have started?
Replies: 26
Views: 3730

Re: The Black Adder: how should it have started?

Series 1 being the 'worst' isn't a universal view but dissenters are probably in the minority. It does seem to be the view expressed by many involved in making it though. I do know one person who told me that he enjoyed series 1, but saw the first episode of the second series, thought it had absolut...
by JezR
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: iplayer's lack of recently shown archive tv
Replies: 4
Views: 1313

Re: iplayer's lack of recently shown archive tv

Last night Drama was showing completely different programmes than scheduled because of technical difficulties. I don't know if that persisted into today.
by JezR
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Up the Elephant and Round the Castle [Network]
Replies: 29
Views: 4517

Re: PR: Up the Elephant and Round the Castle [Network]

It was regularly in the top ten in the ratings and had a maximum audience of 14.9 million. It was still capable of over 13 million in the third series.

Nearly as popular as the Black and White Minstrel Show.
by JezR
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Piglet Files
Replies: 15
Views: 3003

Re: The Piglet Files

It does look like they choose to show long series in sub-cycles. My experience with Get Some In though was that although different episodes were shown in the 3 or 4 slots per day they were from the same sub-cycle. As you indicate they have moved on finally. It would help if the EPG gave programme de...
by JezR
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Piglet Files
Replies: 15
Views: 3003

Re: The Piglet Files

ozsat wrote:They've done series 4 and are currently on series 5 of Get Some In!
OK maybe they are cycling those now instead. Someone mentioned elsewhere that they have only been showing the first two series of Goodnight Sweetheart on rapid repeat too.
by JezR
Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Piglet Files
Replies: 15
Views: 3003

Re: The Piglet Files

Yes Piglet Files is short enough for them to take the lot I guess. They never got beyond series 3 of Get Some In before going to the beginning when I was looking at it - gave up after the fourth cycle.
by JezR
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Piglet Files
Replies: 15
Views: 3003

Re: The Piglet Files

Unfortunately they tend to buy only a fraction of a whole series then run that part incessantly.
by JezR
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boss Cat
Replies: 39
Views: 6639

Re: Boss Cat

Billings in the Radio Times also subtly changed the episode titles that explicitly contained 'Top Cat' in full to 'TC' rather than 'Boss Cat'. Amusingly the RT used the same rather formal description of these series ("A film cartoon series about the gang of alley cats captained by the ever-resourcef...
by JezR
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 11762

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

On at least one occasion the film broke on transmission on a splice of the rearranged opening. A example of one of these is available in an easily accessible place - sprocket holes on show.
by JezR
Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 4070

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

I'm not sure American TV sets ever really did presets as such, and of course still use their VHF/UHF channel numbers in their station branding. The significant market penetration of cable through the 1980s is probably also significant. Though as I understand it in the digital world a lot of station...
by JezR
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 4070

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

American TV sets clung on to rotary tuners far longer than Europe, even when it became mandatory to have detent tuning on UHF as well as VHF, leading to things like this example . I can remember coming across these types of sets in hotels well into the 90s, although by then the tuning was often bypa...
by JezR
Thu May 19, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 3881

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

Interesting - so unlike the situation with Anglia, north-west Norfolk viewers would probably never have had BBC East at all? Looking at the 1959 BBC reception report of what was then called the 'Norwich' transmitter, The Wash was indicated as poorly served from it and Holme Moss from low signal str...
by JezR
Thu May 19, 2016 12:54 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 3881

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

Interestingly, the original expectation by the BBC was to serve East Anglia with a transmitter in Band III. When the formation of Independent Television made this impossible as they had the assigned frequencies there was no pre-allocated Band I frequency and they needed first to clear a channel with...
by JezR
Wed May 18, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 3881

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

My question is... why? I know roughly the reasons why the IBA re-allocated Belmont to Yorkshire from Anglia in 1974, but was there any particular reason why the BBC had to follow suit...? And did they change at the same time, or did BBC East used to be accessible to those on the Wash coast for long...
by JezR
Sun May 15, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Eurovision 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2458

Re: Eurovision 2016

Mark wrote: New scoring worked well and was a good idea, although it stuck an extra 15 minutes on the show, it was very revealing, the UK did quite well on the jury vote, but then we got clobbered on the Televote.
Televote points were from Australia (4 points) Ireland (3) and Malta (1). Those ex-pats again ...