If you were ever in any doubt that all the main studios should have been kept on as a working centre then just take a close look at this. Of course, if you incorrectly started to pan too soon then you either had to continue and leave him behind or stop and pan back in a rather pathetic manner. How things move on!
TVC also of course had a unique place in the culture and shared memory of almost every adult living in the UK. They recorded their opinions and the results were later compiled. Makes you weep, doesn't it. The announcer had a small mixer in front of him so that he could cut up captions etc as he spoke.
The Brian Conley Show
From the early 1990s all scenery was made by private companies and nothing was manufactured here any longer. Remember in the early VTR days it was never thought that they would be accurate enough to even run colour and as for editing then it took several hours to make an acceptable cut between two takes which had to be done by going down to black at the end and the beginning of the edit. It started 30 years ago as one man's tentative idea. E would call up the next tape or film programme on the router and put it on one of the three OS channels on the continuity mixer.
TC9 was still under a 'service level agreement' between BBC Studios and the Children's department so it could not be used for general programming. Thanks to Gareth Dubai for pointing this out. The main colour monitors were big Prowests which produced a deafening 15 kHz line whistle which I can still hear to this day - as I expect can most of us who spent 12 hours a day in a small room full of monitors.
It sounds simple but was highly nerve-racking as there were many false moves as he might take a pace camera-right and stretch across the chart to indicate East Anglia or the weather in the North Sea. Geoff Posner suggested a very sensible use for part of this building in 2007. Incidentally - in November 2006, the old 2nd floor restaurant what used to be called the 'waitress service' was turned into a huge hairdressing salon studio with hidden cameras for BBC Three's Celebrity Scissorhands - a live reality show that somehow raised money for Children in Need.
By 2011 almost all the technical staff had gone. This is on YouTube if you care to search for it. It's worth pointing out that in the final decade, six of the main production studios were busy for most of the year making programmes that were not sport, news or children's programmes so were unaffected by the disappearance of those departments to Salford and W1.
Recently I shared how I organize my jewelry and the trays I use. Entrant must be 18 years of age or older as of promotion start date. This is the final 'Sylvester McCoy' Tardis.
In a sneaky twist, contestants need to choose who from Rickie or Melvin will win a series of VT challenges. I can't remember when the change occurred but certainly now I feel more comfortable calling it TVC so apologies to those senior to me who find that strange. If it went wrong, or you forgot to set it before a weather report, it usually sent the weather people into a fury! For example - Tim Dorney, engineer in News dept, has written to inform me that during the 1970s he discoved that there was a room at the base of the South Hall where grand pianos were stored. The studio stores moved over the road to a warehouse in Ariel Way in the summer of 2011 and the scenery store was occupied by the old Blue Peter set, which was shown to visitors until the building closed. The main entrance to the exhibition was under the railway arches - where the entrance to TV Centre used to be from the multi-storey car park.
And I speak from some experience. On the fourth floor in the central wedge between TC3 and TC4 was the main network control area for what was then called BBCtv and the planned second channel. We would press the Run button on the mixer to check it really was the right programme and see how it started, then press Reset for telecine or just ask the VT op to reset on talkback. I have touched upon it already but of course alongside the Restaurant Block was the Blue Peter Garden.
However, as with so many 'facts' to do with TVC this story, widely believed, is probably not true. The reason for this choice is arguable and is discussed later on this web page. Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Remember that in the 1970s the unions in Britain were not known for their flexibility and willingness to embrace change.
However, it was also a corporate headquarters and a news centre and anyone entering the reception area that faced Wood Lane in its latter years would be hard pushed to get any sense that this building contained television studios. It has to be said that not every sequence that went out from this studio over the years demonstrated perfect portraiture and subtle balance of foreground and background from the lighting point of view. He also recalls that the prop store in the basement... That must have been quite a job. It actually stood for Television Studios Production Resources - how boring is that? The studio is 10,800 sq ft gross or 100 x 88 metric feet between firelanes and its size has proved immensely useful for all kinds of productions.