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1   / Where are they now? / TO 27
 on: Today at 10:02am 
Started by JonW | Post by JonW  
I'd really like to hear from anyone who attended TO27 Wood Norton radio intake.

It's been a long time !   Jonathan Walker.

2   / Pensions / Re: Future of RPI
 on: Today at 9:47am 
Started by Knocking On | Post by JonW  
Yesterday the Chancellor announced that RPI was to be phased out over the next 10 years as a yield on U.K. gilts.
Also it seems that student loans for example will charge interest of CPI rather than RPI.

So far no mention I have seen re. pensions.
If RPI is no longer tabulated and published , how can it be used as a measure of inflation for anything or just a matter of selective use?
Clarification needed.




3   / News and Comment / Over 55s?
 on: Yesterday at 10:14pm 
Started by Burstner55 | Post by Burstner55  
Ho-Ho-Ho..........Surprise, surprise.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55076608

4   / History / Written Archives
 on: Nov 22nd, 2020, 10:04am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Matthew Chipping (Archive Collections Manager) writes:-

"The BBC Written Archives Centre has joined the Archives Hub, gateway to the UK’s archive sector and everyone, from anywhere, can now get an overview of the scope and coverage of our holdings and even understand how the archive has been built over the last 50 years."

More here and here.

Note the word "overview", it is not the entire collection!

5   / History / Old Stings and Idents etc
 on: Nov 20th, 2020, 10:52am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Here is access to thousands of old BBC TV stings, and idents from the BBC Motion Graphics Archive.

This is courtesy of "Ravensbourne University London".

It is a searchable archive.

6   / News and Comment / Jonathan Monro
 on: Nov 19th, 2020, 12:55pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
Jonathan Munro is the BBC’s Head of Newsgathering, ex-ITN, and now in charge of all journalists working across the network’s 60 international bureaux.

Here he is interviewed by "Media Masters".

In the hour-long interview, he discusses the BBC's coverage of 'The Virus", the USA election and the coverage of the Cliff Richard story.

7   / News and Comment / Re: BBC Iplayer functionality
 on: Nov 17th, 2020, 5:53pm 
Started by WG | Post by Burstner55  
Only one thing I can add is that as a result of my weekly Youtube activities, which also involves someone sending me large video files via a thing called Sendy, we have both noticed that if we are doing these large file uploads and downloads during the evenings when  it seems millions of soccer fans are watching a game on TV due to Covid,  then it is absolutely hopeless. One night during the summer Man Utd were in some big match and neither of us could send anything anywhere....then miraculously at 10pm the net resumed "normal service".   He is in semi rural Lancashire, I am in semi rural Derbyshire !   Weird !  Given that the games are on Netflix, Sky etc etc...that is possibly a reason?

8   / News and Comment / Re: BBC Iplayer functionality
 on: Nov 17th, 2020, 5:34pm 
Started by WG | Post by WG  
Sorry for the delay in response.
Thanks for reply-most interesting re BBCIplayer taking up more bandwidth.That's a new one on me.
It's just not practical using LAN with my room set up-and in any case I know it usually works with wifi--because I experienced excellent non buffering playback for over a year on my set up until this autumn. Re your other point re which device is delivering the poor performance-my BBC Iplayer buffering occurs on my tv, satellite box and Firestick-all 3.
All other apps on all 3 devices work perfectly at all times.

9   / Reunions / Re: London Studio Engineers Xmas drinks
 on: Nov 6th, 2020, 1:45pm 
Started by Delboy | Post by Delboy  
Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, the 2020 party on Dec 3rd has been cancelled.
Next year's party has been provisionally arranged for Thursday Dec 9th 2021.

10   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Len Davis
 on: Nov 4th, 2020, 11:14pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
"Radiotoday" has a tribute to Len Davis, here.

“Len joined the Designs Department of the BBC as a graduate engineer in 1960. While working for the BBC, Len designed the first telephone balancing unit for their first ever phone in programme, ‘It’s Your Line’."

BBC staff will be familiar with the name "Glensound". This is the company that Len Davis created when he left the BBC.