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1   / News and Comment / Re: BBC remote studios closing
 on: Yesterday at 8:16am 
Started by Charles_R | Post by Director_General  
There is a list of BBC premises including district/remote studios at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BBC_properties

2   / News and Comment / BBC remote studios closing
 on: Yesterday at 5:35am 
Started by Charles_R | Post by Charles_R  
"An unknown number of radio studios and offices still used by BBC local radio stations across England are being closed under the latest plans for the BBC to cut costs".  This recent got me thinking.  Were any well-known, or there for a specific reason i.e. near a royal residence or sports venue?  Does Wood Norton now close?  Were they situated in cupboards, under stairs, or rooms in council offices?  What about Scotland, Wales, NI?  Any stories you have would be welcomed before they finally go, and with it our knowledge of them.

3   / News and Comment / Forsyte Saga-1967 series
 on: Jul 12th, 2020, 10:28am 
Started by WG | Post by WG  
Just noticed that the entire 26 episodes of the 1967 Forsyte Saga are now on YouTube. Don't know how long they will be there-but the prints are perfectly viewable and the sound is fine.
Something to watch?

4   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Pete Simkin
 on: Jul 9th, 2020, 2:52pm 
Started by apcwmwl | Post by apcwmwl  
It is with great sadness that our friend and colleague, Pete Simpkin, passed away peacefully during the early hours of Monday, 29th June, his wife Jan, was with him. He had been suffering from throat cancer for approximately six months receiving chemotherapy, but unfortunately was unable to beat the beast - only five years ago he had overcome prostate cancer and sadly lost his former wife, Patti to cancer around the same time.  He decided to become a visitor for BBC pensioners, which he enjoyed.  
Pete first came to Pebble Mill from Southampton, where he was originally an engineer, later moving to Radio Birmingham/WM as Presenter/Producer in early 70s.
Pete, always a gentleman, kind and approachable, with a great sense of humour. Always had a smile. A great 'bubbly' person with a very positive mental attitude, and could always make you laugh and cheer you up if feeling low.
He and his wife Jan, have only been married for a short time, but although not long, they have had a very happy time together and he will be missed him greatly.
The funeral is on Tuesday, July 21st, at 11:30, Robin Hood Crematorium, but due to current circumstances, there are limitations to the numbers that can attend on the day.
it is hoped that a Celebration of his life can take place on what would have been his birthday, 3rd April 2021.
A tribute page for memories of Pete, along with any photos for sharing has been set up - click on link below:-

Tribute to Pete Simpkin, 1942 - 2020
Dedicated to the memory of Pete

5   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Bob Heath
 on: Jul 6th, 2020, 11:35pm 
Started by JohnW | Post by JohnW  
Just reporting info from Facebook ..

Paul Holland has reported that Bob Heath has passed away last Monday. Many may remember him from the days of N1 and N2 along with the remote studios of BH and College Green.
Any condolence cards or words of sympathy and memories of Bob to:

Mrs C Heath
9 Richmond Road
Potters Bar

Thanks to Paul Holland for contacting his widow and obtaining this address.

6   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Jim Cook
 on: Jul 3rd, 2020, 8:33am 
Started by JohnW | Post by WG  
Yes-very sad-a true gentleman, an excellent trainer, wonderful humour--and as JohnW points out-amazing energy.

7   / News and Comment / Re: English Regions - Cuts
 on: Jul 2nd, 2020, 4:25pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by apcwmwl  
Here we go again. In 1993 I was one of those who opted to get out while the going was good. The total staff then was c.22,000, which included all the engineering, technical and craft departments that have subsequently been culled. The reduction was about 3,000.
Then management and support swelled out of hand until the figure for 2019 was 22,000 all over again, with very few actually making contributions to the output - all the penpushers have meetings about meetings and ways to reduce costs, and then employ more number crunchers to make it all add up.
A radical change in ethos is needed. Whatever happened to dispersion to the regions? During the pandemic many have learned to operate effectively from home, so why pay the continuing "London weighting" when many could work from a terrace in the middle of the cheapest place in the UK to live. Please Auntie get a grip and realise that only 15% of our nations population are Londoncentric so why does the BBC have to operate with 50% of its workforce there.

Things will never change. Angry  

8   / News and Comment / English Regions - Cuts
 on: Jul 2nd, 2020, 11:15am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
The BBC News site describes the forthcoming cuts to BBC English Region's output, here.

9   / News and Comment / Re: Normal Service Resumed
 on: Jun 29th, 2020, 5:19am 
Started by Administrator | Post by John  
Thank you, it is always nice to know about these problems.

10   / News and Comment / Normal Service Resumed
 on: Jun 28th, 2020, 9:29am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
For part of Friday and Saturday, this website was down, because of a lightning strike at our Internet hosts, Positive Internet.  The good people at Positive worked long and hard to repair the damage and get us back online.  Our thanks to them, and apologies for the interruption.