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Message started by Administrator on Feb 17th, 2017, 11:31am

Title: Norwich L/R Trials
Post by Administrator on Feb 17th, 2017, 11:31am

Hello everyone,

My name is Paul Hayes, and I'm a producer at BBC Radio Norfolk in Norwich. I have a request for help with a documentary I am currently in the early stages of working on.

As many of you will know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of BBC Local Radio. I wanted to make a programme tied-in with that, but as Norfolk didn't come along until 1980 I wasn't sure what to do... But came up with the idea of making a documentary about the BBC's closed-circuit local radio pilots of 1961-62, focusing on the fact that one of them took place in Norwich.

I appreciate that it's hugely unlikely I'll be able to find anyone who worked on the Norwich pilot in June 1961. But I'd love to be able to record an interview with anyone who either worked on any of the 16 pilots they did across the country and could talk about what they were like, or who worked at All Saints Green in Norwich in the early 1960s and could talk about their memories of the regional radio set-up there at the time.

If anyone would like to contact me, I can be reached via, or my direct line at the BBC in Norwich is 01603 284798. I'd be hugely grateful for any help, even if it's just a suggestion of a name of someone who might still be around that I could try and track down.

Many thanks!

Title: Re: Norwich L/R Trials
Post by Administrator on Aug 24th, 2017, 9:51am

"The Network That Never Was".

In this article, "Random Radio Jottings", Andy Walmsley reviews the forthcoming transmission of Paul's programme which looks at the BBC creation of an East Anglia 'Home Service".

The BBC page with more information is here.

'Paul Hayes tells the story of the birth of the BBC's East Anglian radio service in the 1950s, and the 1961 "Radio Norwich" pilot.'

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