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1   / Where are they now? / John Jefford
 on: Jun 10th, 2024, 11:19am 
Started by Paul_W | Post by Paul_W  

My uncle (by marriage) use to be a photographer at the BBC, we use to met up when I worked in Statistics at least once a week, then I moved out of the area and went to work at world service, and lost contact , and partly due to family reasons.  He is the only person on my fathers side of my family that I got on with and would love to get back in contact.

If anybody knows of him or where he might be it would be greatly appreciated

2   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: AL BARNETT Costume Assistant
 on: Jun 8th, 2024, 9:22pm 
Started by Maggie | Post by Maggie  
I just had a call from Al Barnettís wife Jane to say that Al died peacefully, aged 92, in the early hours of this morning in a Care Home (IOW) where he had been for sometime. †He had been slowly drifting away, not eating and so on, so in some ways it is a blessed release. He had joined the BBC in 1962 so not many left who would remember this hardworking colleague.
Al had requested a burial, with his beloved dogís ashes to go in with him, and Jane will see to all that. Jane has asked me to let you all know this news, and sincerely thanks everybody for the friendship shown during Alís working years. We all had a lot of fun back in the day did we not!

Funeral to be held 28th of June, at 2pm.
Whitwell village Church
Kemming Road, Whitwell,
Isle Of Wight
PO38 2QT

3   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Harold Edward Snoad
 on: Jun 4th, 2024, 1:19am 
Started by JohnW | Post by JohnW  
Harold Edward Snoad (b. 28 August 1935) a British television producer, writer and director, died on Sunday 2nd June 2024.

He joined the BBC in 1957, after working in the theatre, and had numerous roles including that of a "call boy" for an episode of Hancock's Half Hour in 1960. His first directing role came with Dad's Army (starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn) although he'd already served as Production Assistant for the first two series, and was responsible for choosing the town of Thetford in Norfolk as the site for the location filming. The first episode to be directed by Snoad was "The Lion has phones" which was first broadcast on 25 September 1969 and attracted 11.3 million viewers.

Best known for producing and directing the television sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" (starring Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift) he also directed and produced the final two series of "Ever Decreasing Circles" (starring Richard Briers and Peter Egan) replacing the show's previous director, Sydney Lotterby, as well as "Don't Wait Up" (starring Tony Britton and Nigel Havers).

Snoad married Anna Christine Cadwallader in 1957, the marriage producing one daughter. On 6 July 1963, Snoad married Jean Green, and the couple had two daughters.

A member of the 'Dad's Army Appreciation Society', following the death of Bill Pertwee in 2013, Snoad became the society's Vice President - with Frank Williams as the President - frequently attending events with the society as both a special guest and speaker.

4   / Pensions / Re: PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 30th, 2024, 2:49pm 
Started by Maggie | Post by John  
Today I received a phone call from a female offering me free vouchers worth £70 and a first copy of Lifestyle magazine. She was very persistant but in the end I told her I wasn't interested and disconnected the call. Almost straught away she rang back but gave up when she wasn't answered. The number displayed was 020856102. There is no such number so obviously a scam.
I'm  just wondering if this could be connected to the data leak.


5   / Pensions / Re: PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 29th, 2024, 12:54pm 
Started by Maggie | Post by Chris News  
I doubt if not signing up for "my pension" online would have helped!
It was the Pension schemes own system that was hacked, so even members totally "off line" would have been affected.
Sadly this seems to be part of modern life!

6   / Pensions / Re: PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 29th, 2024, 12:42pm 
Started by Maggie | Post by Maggie  
Thank you...it's all too hideous out there on the web. We should not be gibbering with fear at this age in case "they" try to climb into our lives via the ether and deprive us of a hard-earned retirement. Hrrmph!

7   / Pensions / Re: PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 29th, 2024, 12:03pm 
Started by Maggie | Post by DMCP  
This is precisely why I did not (and will not) sign up for My Pension on the web, despite assurances that it's absolutely safe.

When will people realise that nothing is safe on the internet!

8   / Pensions / Re: PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 29th, 2024, 11:58am 
Started by Maggie | Post by F.M.  
Hi There. I phoned Cardiff this morning to ask whether this e-mail was a scam. They informed me that is not a scammed a data breach had occurred  The Experian Plus membership which monitors the web ( and the dark web) for any further breaches is true. They suggested it would be a good idea to sign up for it. A friend and ex BBC colleague also phoned and it was confirmed that there was nothing too much to be concerned about. I hope this helps.

9   / Pensions / PENSION DATA OMG! HELP!
 on: May 29th, 2024, 11:33am 
Started by Maggie | Post by Maggie  
Re: Important information regarding a data security incident in relation to the BBC Pension Scheme

We are writing to inform you about a data security incident involving files containing BBC Pension Scheme records. Unfortunately, these contained some of your personal data, and we are writing to explain what has happened, how we have responded, and what this means for you.

We sincerely apologise that you are impacted by this and we appreciate it will be concerning. It is important to stress from the outset that this information did not contain any financial information, telephone numbers, email addresses, or passwords, and did not involve the Pension Scheme website or our member portal: myPension Online or existence checking service: myPensionID. It is also important to tell you that analysis undertaken by our specialist teams currently shows no evidence that the affected files have been misused.

What has happened?

The BBC's information security team has alerted us to a data security incident in which some BBC Pension Scheme records were copied from an online data storage service used by our administration team. Based on the information currently available to us, we have established that the following information about you was included in the records copied:

An indication that you are a member of the BBC Pension Scheme;
Your name, date of birth, and sex;
The home address(es) we held for you between 13 November 2023 and 1 February 2024; and
National Insurance number (if we hold one for you).
We can confirm this information does not contain any bank details, financial information, telephone numbers, email addresses, usernames or passwords, nor any sensitive data about your health or your nominated dependant(s).

10   / Pensions / Data Leak
 on: May 29th, 2024, 11:04am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
For information regarding the recent data leak involving certain accounts look here.