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by TonyCurrie
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2334

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

Brock wrote:
TonyCurrie wrote:They also opted out of Party Political broadcasts (not being part of the UK)
What did they put on instead?
Short filler films from ORTF in France were often in the PPB slots.
by TonyCurrie
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2334

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

But also, they were the only ITV company who were unable to acccess a clean feed of the network. They had no option but to opt in and out of Westward because the best the ITA could do (or afford) was to provide an off-air feed of Westward, received on the island of Alderney and then fed by microwave...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 60 Years of Scottish Television
Replies: 0
Views: 347

60 Years of Scottish Television

Yesterday, STV was 60. A head-up to alert members to the programmes being shown over this weekend on STV2. They include "This is Scotland" (STV's opening night show in full), "Contract 736" (about the building of a very special ship); "Alan Cumming's Edge of Scotland", "Victor & Barry", "Jazz at the...
by TonyCurrie
Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2334

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

The management at Channel crossed over to the UK and picked whatever they could from ITV's central acquisitions place (I don'tremember where it was in these days). Not easy, since at this point Channel only had high band U-Matics and Telecine, so they had to bring back many reels of 16mm film in the...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2334

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

Enjoyed re-reading the old thread. And one of Mr Barfe's bon mots reminded me that even if we have a clear memory of something, it doesn't necessarily follow that it's what really happened, which is one of the joys of the collectively fragile memories of everyone in the Mausoleum Club. The 1979 stri...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes
Replies: 20
Views: 1762

Re: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes

Sorry, I was going from rough memory - of course it was prior to the changed medium wave frequency plan, so mid 70s. Radio 2 on Long Wave was pretty unsatisfactory in many parts of Scotland (hence the Westerglen/Burghead transmitters for Radio 4) so from January 1968, 202m was used to reinforce cove...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes
Replies: 20
Views: 1762

Re: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes

Just to muddy the waters a tad further, in the late 70s/early 80s Radio 2 sometimes carried Scottish opt-outs (mostly for sports coverage but sometimes these perforce included music programmes to fill up the opt-put slot) which were radiated on the Scottish VHF transmitters and 202m. And there were ...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Network That Never Was
Replies: 25
Views: 2352

Re: The Network That Never Was

Pre-war, there had always been a handful of North-East England programmes broadcast from the Stagshaw transmitter. After the war, a shortage of Medium Wavelengths meant that Stagshaw had to share the same wavelength - 261m - as the Northern Ireland transmitters, and therefore had to carry the same p...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network ITV60
Replies: 5
Views: 1278

Re: Network ITV60

Thanks for the heads up! I've ordered one before they all vanish.
by TonyCurrie
Wed Mar 29, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Prime Minister censored?
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Prime Minister censored?

No conspiracy. There will be separate Brexit programmes in each of the Nations and the titles of these haven't yet been finalised, so the EPG hasn't yet been upated. That's all.
by TonyCurrie
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 24
Views: 2485

Re: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

I remember that during the colour strike, I over-rode the colour killer on my set and restored some colour on certain programmes - but it was patchy.
by TonyCurrie
Sun Feb 26, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Studios at transmitter sites...?
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: Studios at transmitter sites...?

IIRC by the time they were building Shotts, they knew that it would also be a VHF radio site, so it's probable that the radio studio was always factored in. It's adjacent to what was the transmitter hall. A good few years back, my company (Radio Six Ltd) bid for the (first) Central Scotland commerci...
by TonyCurrie
Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Studios at transmitter sites...?
Replies: 19
Views: 2196

Re: Studios at transmitter sites...?

It certainly wasn't unknown for that to happen. There was for many years a fully operational radio studio at the Kirk o'Shotts transmitter in Central Scotland that was built for emergencies.
by TonyCurrie
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schedule changes
Replies: 24
Views: 2850

Re: Schedule changes

The art of programme scheduling! In those days it was a much more fluid thing than nowadays. I well recall the Head of Pres at STV coming into the office one day looking for something that was 19 mins long. He really didn't give a toss what it was - just as long as it filled 19 minutes.....
by TonyCurrie
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schedule changes
Replies: 24
Views: 2850

Re: Schedule changes

The Adam Faith programme would, I assume, have been a 17 minute show filling the gap between the ITN News and the Party Political Boradcast, which had to be played at 2130 as it was a simulcast with BBC1. Perhaps the Eddie Cantor programme had been intended as a nominal 30 minutes but there had been...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Desmond Carrington 1927-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Desmond Carrington 1927-2017

But he goes back to the 1950's on the BBC Light Programme where he presented the Sunday afternoon film soundtrack show "Movie-Go-Round", which had "The Carousel Waltz" as it's theme tune. Carrington died “peacefully” following a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, his producer Dave Ayl...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: A Modern Major General
Replies: 3
Views: 557

Re: A Modern Major General

If you watch the trail with subtitles on, you'll see it's credited to Tom Lehrer. Although I think a certain Mr. A Sullivan ought to perhaps have come in for honourable mention.
by TonyCurrie
Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 68
Views: 6861

Re: Your childhood comics.

The first comic I had regularly was Robin, and when I was a bit older, TV Comic. But a friend's Gran would make him keep all his comics, and bundle them up for me - she'd deliver them about once a month and that was a marvellous treat. Piles of Tiger, Lion and some Beezers and Dandys amongst them. B...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 5233

Re: Re-formatted shows

Z Cars of course morphed from weekly 50 minute self-contained stories to a twice-weekly half hour soap.

Waterloo Road also changed substantially when the state school suddenly turned into a private one some 400 miles away....
by TonyCurrie
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Voice of the Balls
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: The Voice of the Balls

I suspect the original plans were based on what had happened in Ireland, where their Saturday night lottery game show had achieved high ratings.
by TonyCurrie
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 1561

Re: BBC2 reach at launch in 64

So let's number crunch. Since it would be physically impossible for a TV home to receive BBC-2 without also having ITV, we can assume that the number of homes in the London area equipped with television was 3,023,000. If 7% had BBC-2, that's 211,610 and a quarter of that is 52,902 (homes). If the fi...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween
Replies: 6
Views: 943

Re: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween

BBC ONE Scotland + BBC ONE Scotland HD, 9pm Monday.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:27 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC 1 Regional Continuity Announcements
Replies: 13
Views: 2072

Re: BBC 1 Regional Continuity Announcements

Most BBC regional announcers were utterly brilliant, speaking AND vision/sound mixing simultaneously (David Stephens in Birmingham springs to mind) although very occasionally it could look as if they were playing the piano out of vision. And of course I and my colleagues here in Glasgow and in Belf...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 2135

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

Another couple of questions after reading Tony Currie's post: 1. Some of the pictures of rotary dials on that VRAT thread show either channels 6 & 7 or channels 12 & 13 combined at the same 'spot' on the dial. What was that about? Well, for quite a long time Channels 6, 7, 12 and 13 weren't used so...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 2135

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

In 1936, BBC-TV listings in Radio Times gave the actual frequencies (one for vision and one for sound) of the transmission from Alexandra Palace. After the war, when Sutton Coldfield became the second transmitter, a list of frequencies had been allocated to proposed transmitters, and SC was on chann...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 7469

Re: ITV cutting films

That might have been BBC TWO. I remember a handful of occasions when we had to try and squeeze either Buffy or Star Trek into a slot that was really never meant to take a programme of their length, and the only solution was to take off opening and closing credits - not something we normally ever do.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 7469

Re: ITV cutting films

On my very first shift as a Scottish Television announcer we had a true disaster, caused by cutting a film. It was a Saturday morning monochrome film - I can't remember what it was but it clearly came in a lucky bag of movies ITV had bulk purchased, because it was pretty dreadful kid's movie of the ...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: After Midnight. STV.
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: After Midnight. STV.

Oh yes, it does.
by TonyCurrie
Mon May 30, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: After Midnight. STV.
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: After Midnight. STV.

It has evolved from its previous incarnation 'Nightshift'. I have yet to see 'After Midnight' but 'Nightshift' was live and consisted of (usually) the continuity announcer reading out texts and emails over a mixture of clips from old programmes, music videos and film/video of parts of Scotland, some...
by TonyCurrie
Wed May 25, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 2113

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

Can't say I recall ever seeing anything about this in Pawley. The problem with the anecdote is that whichever transmitter it was, it would have been sharing the wavelength with another transmitter not that far away - if it was Cromer, it shared with Moorside Edge; if it was Postwick, it shared with ...