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1   / News and Comment / Re: EPG problems
 on: Yesterday at 9:08pm 
Started by Dickie Mint | Post by Dickie Mint  
Evidently fixed overnight.

2   / News and Comment / Re: Coded Endeavour?
 on: Yesterday at 8:28pm 
Started by Burstner55 | Post by Amigo  
264 HZ?

Humm, let me think...... Huh

Check here:-


Is it from Tyrone (Omagh)?

3   / News and Comment / Coded Endeavour?
 on: Yesterday at 3:42pm 
Started by Burstner55 | Post by Burstner55  
With so many sound engineers on the Forum I'm surprised no one has commented on the unlikely registration number of Morse's Austin Panda Car in the first episode of the new series.   Morse?    Middle C ?    Certainly not an Oxfordshire registration number.  You'll have to watch the show on catch-up to see what I mean but I'd love to hear your theories on why the producer chose such an oblique number plate.  Grin

4   / News and Comment / EPG problems
 on: Yesterday at 9:20am 
Started by Dickie Mint | Post by Dickie Mint  
Reports are coming in on the fora about a BBC EPG problem.  The EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) is the data bitstream in digital TV that basically, as far as the viewer is concerned, provides the guide.

The problem is manifesting itself as failure to set a series link for a programme strand, and messing up already set series links.  For example, if you want to record all episodes of Holby City it only allows one to be set. And another, a continuing daytime programme already set for Mon - Fri now only has Mon, Wed and Fri set.

Chat on digitalspy is suggesting that Red Bee, who took over the BBC staff responsible for the EPG management has now either lost the contract or is relinquishing it. And the BBC is now doing it in house.

Now when I was in the job very capable Engineers in BBC R & D oversaw this and there was a robust regime of proposal, approval, testing.  And a backup plan B! What now?

5   / Where are they now? / Re: Technical Stores Tvc
 on: Yesterday at 8:27am 
Started by chris highton | Post by Bill Jenkin  
Chris - I have sent you a PM.

6   / For Those Of Sound Mind / Re: "Jamaica Inn"-audible
 on: Feb 18th, 2019, 5:16pm 
Started by Administrator | Post by Amigo  
In the February 2019 issue of "Prospero", available on-line, here:-


(page 5)

John Hale, retired BBC dubbing-mixer, has been having a "heated discussion" regarding the ""unnecessary and distracting" music at every opportunity"  with the Executive Complaints Unit ......


Their reply was to dismiss his comments and complaints and they "have decided not to engage any further with your comment".

Personally, I think John is 100% correct, and the reply he received is disgraceful, and patronising.

Thank you to "Prospero" for publishing this correspondence under the heading-

"Music levels in documentaries- a follow up"

My personal point to all programme-makers... if you want viewers, you need listeners as well, and we turn off of we can't hear the words.

Just because you can fill the sound with music and sound FX, it doesn't mean you have to.

7   / Where are they now? / Technical Stores Tvc
 on: Feb 18th, 2019, 1:02pm 
Started by chris highton | Post by chris highton  
Love to hear from anyone who worked at the Tech Stores at TVC, I was there from 1978 or 79, before I went into BBC local Radio in 1983. Brian Ellis, Doug Conway, Peggy, John Smith and Pip are names I remember they were such characters.Part of the job was issuing mics to the sound crews on the ground floor and working at Lime Grive Tech Store and HSE store.So many talented Tech Ops, TAs and engineers used the stores to build and repair stuff and make the shows.As a former BH Tech Op it was interesting to be on the “other side” for those fun years there.
Also Jack Sudic from Tv Sound who ran theBBC Jazz club and talked me into being the treasurer.
Great Personnel officer too  Cheesy Cheesywho helped me into my dream job on the airwaves Alistair Currie.
Many thanks

8   / News and Comment / BBC Clothes..
 on: Feb 15th, 2019, 10:05am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
According to this "Guardian" article by Tara Conlan, the BBC is about to launch a
"sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand based on its Blue Planet and Planet Earth series"...

9   / Notices, obituaries and tributes / Re: Kevin Ruane
 on: Feb 14th, 2019, 11:52am 
Started by Administrator | Post by Administrator  
This obituary appeared in the Daily Telegraph, February 14, 2019

Kevin Ruane, who has died aged 86, was the BBC correspondent in both Moscow and Warsaw during the Cold War; he believed that, simply by reporting, a correspondent could become part of the spreading of dissent, yet at the same time he was admired and trusted by the communist regimes whose authority he helped to undermine.

In both Russia and Poland, Ruane’s gifts as a linguist gave him a rare advantage and offered a special access to the dissidents who interested him, without the mediation of local “assistants”.

He arrived in Moscow on St Valentine’s Day 1976, at a time when it had become clear that the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords, a major breakthrough in the West’s struggle to get the communist world to abide by democratic standards, were not to be extended by the Soviet authorities to their own citizens.

Ruane busied himself with the dissidents, covering among other events the trial of Yuri Orlov, who had announced the formation of the Moscow Helsinki Group, and was being punished accordingly.

Later in his time in Moscow, he covered a demonstration by Ugandan students against the regime of Idi Amin, recording them proudly singing their national anthem outside Amin’s embassy in Moscow. The BBC broadcast this to Uganda and later, after Amin was ousted, Ruane was thanked profusely by a visiting Ugandan general, who said: “We were tired and discouraged and we sat in the shade under a tree. Then we heard the students in Moscow singing our anthem on the BBC and we got up and marched on Kampala.”

Ruane moved to Warsaw in 1981 and when, towards the end of that year, the communist authorities moved against the nascent Solidarity movement, imprisoning its leadership or driving them underground, he determined to keep the world, and the Polish people, informed of what was really happening. His first book about Poland, The Polish Challenge, was published in 1982 and his office became a meeting place for the opposition. For young British diplomats it was the place to find out what was going on and to meet leading Solidarity figures, once they had been released.

When the prominent dissident Zbiszek Bujak, captured after four years in hiding in 1985, was released under an amnesty in 1986, Ruane rushed to Bujak’s mother-in-law’s house to wait for him. When Bujak eventually came down the lane, he introduced himself, but there was no need, though they had never met before. “Znam Pana” (“I know you”), Bujak replied. He was familiar with Ruane’s broadcasts on the BBC’s Polish service.

In the late 1980s, when some in the Western diplomatic community began to think that Solidarity’s days were over, Ruane insisted that it was still very much alive. Three years after he left Warsaw, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, right-hand man to the Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa, became the first non-communist prime minister in Central Europe since 1948.

Kevin Ruane was born in Liverpool on May 20 1932. His father was a professional gardener. At school one of his teachers noted his unusual talent for ancient Greek – a gift that took him to Peterhouse, Cambridge, to read Classics.

After graduation he did his National Service in the Army. He was an uncomfortable fit in the Royal Artillery but the fact that he was a Roman Catholic paid off. One day his commanding officer asked, on his daughter’s behalf, whether he would sell raffle tickets for the Little Children of Mary; in return he fixed for Ruane to attend the Army Russian course.

The course led Ruane to the BBC Monitoring Service at Caversham, where he was the only non-Russian in the Russian monitoring service. He was then promoted, the first to be so, from monitoring to the BBC newsroom in Broadcasting House. As a foreign editor he travelled widely and was in Washington to cover the resignation of Richard Nixon.

Ruane retired from the BBC soon after his posting in Warsaw and settled in Australia. Still active in retirement, he wrote a second book, To Kill a Priest, about the murder by the secret police of Father Popiełuszko, whom he had known well.

Belatedly, Ruane’s contribution to Poland was recognised by three medals. He was especially proud of the Knight’s Cross given to him by the Polish president.

Kevin Ruane, born May 20 1932, died December 3 2018

10   / News and Comment / Re: Shorter News at 22:00 ... and BBC Three content
 on: Feb 13th, 2019, 11:38am 
Started by JohnW | Post by WG  
OK--so this is to entice younger viewers that there is a channel called BBC3 specially for them?
As for shortening the 22.00 news by 5 minutes , that's fine by me too. I watch in HD and the last five minutes is a Test Card!