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Local Radio History
Feb 17th, 2017, 9:34am
 
Paul Hayes, BBC Producer from Radio Norfolk, is preparing a documentary about BBC Local Radio trial stations from the early '60's.

He's asked for help with his research.


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 paul.hayes@bbc.co.uk, 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!
Paul
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Reply #1 - Aug 11th, 2017, 8:41pm
 
Paul Hayes, the producer of the documentary “The Network That Never Was”, has written to us, thanking all contributors for their help, and to let us know that  ….

“my documentary The Network That Never Was is going out at 12 midday on Bank Holiday Monday, the 28th of August, on BBC Radio Norfolk.
 
It has ended up telling two separate-but-linked stories. It’s the story of the birth of the BBC in Norwich as a VHF opt-out of the Midland Home Service in the 1950s, and of the “Radio Norwich” pilot of June 1961.
 
It will be available live online, or for 30 days afterwards, via this page on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bxjl6
 
But I would be very happy, of course, to provide all contributors with a CD or MP3 version after the broadcast, should you wish to have a copy to keep.
 
Once again, thank you so much to all of you for your assistance. And my apologies to those of you who were interviewees for having been able to include comparatively little of each of you. I was able to gather more interviewees and material than I had ever expected, and it was a bit of a job to squeeze it all in! But I am incredibly grateful for all of your time and patience.
 
I hope you enjoy the programme if you have the opportunity to listen, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts should you wish to share them!

Whether you’ve been an interviewee, have helped me with research or simply pointed me in the direction of someone who could help, or even just expressed an interest along the way – thank you. I’m deeply grateful. 


All good wishes,
Paul””
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