Web Links

From George Gimber, BBCPA webmaster.

We are keen to establish links with as many BBC-related websites as possible. Some that we are aware of are listed on this page; we know there must be others. Any information would be very welcome. Please contact webmaster@bbcpa.org.uk.

This is a two-way exercise: our members are interested in finding out about the activities of other former BBC staff, just as we hope others may wish to read about the Pensioners’ Association.

We are keen to spread the news about how BBCPA works on behalf of all BBC pensioners. For example, in securing the principle that one trustee on the BBC Pensions Trust Board is elected by pensioners. Now, we think, there should be a second pensioner-elected trustee. We can help individuals with pension-related issues. We successfully campaigned for pensioners to have better access rights to BBC buildings.

We know, from regular meetings with BBC management and the Pension Trust, that we are listened to by people who matter. If we can continue to find new members, to make the association more representative of all BBC pensioners, our voice will be even stronger. Please join us.

Other sites of interest

Virtual Television Centre Tour

Before the closure of BBC Television Centre in Spring 2013, Google took its Street View cameras around most of the studios and production areas to create a virtual tour of TVC before it makes the final transition to a modern studio centre, hotel, apartments and commercial headquarters of the BBC.

Web site: www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/streetview/

National Federation of Occupational Pensioners

The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP) founded in 1930, provides help and support to company pensioners via a number of member benefits and services.

Web site: www.nfop.org.uk

BECTU History Project

BECTU is the UK's media and entertainment trade union. Their History project is a collection of oral history recordings made with practitioners in the film, television, radio and theatre worlds. By August 2008 there were nearly 600 interviews varying in length from 30mins to over 20 hours. In total there are over 4000 hours of material.

Web site: www.bectu.org.uk/advice-resources/history-project

Campaign for Regional Broadcasting Midlands

There has been a massive descaling of broadcasting operations by the BBC and ITV in the Midlands in the last 20 years or so. No English region has seen such a damaging decline of the broadcasting sector as the Midlands and certainly, no British city has been as badly affected as Birmingham. Thousands of jobs have migrated from the region. Many are very concerned about the effects that this decline is having on the economy of the region as a whole. So a new campaign has started in the Midlands to promote the region as a place to make TV, radio and film.

The campaign Launch Meeting is being held on 21st February 2013 at The Old Royal pub, Church Street, Birmingham B3 (7.30 p.m.). All ex BBC staff in the area are invited to join this meeting.

Web site: www.crbmidlands.org.uk

Roger George Clark

Personal website of Roger George Clark who worked as a producer and broadcaster in news and current affairs, as well as features. Roger has broadcast extensively on local radio, Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Web site: rogergeorgeclark.com

BBC Blog

Senior staff and experts from across the organisation use this blog to talk about what's happening inside the BBC.

Web site: About the BBC

Ariel Staff Magazine

The printed edition of this Staff Magazine ceased production at the end of Dec 2011, and is now only available on the internet. NB. The 'Gateway' link at the foot of the Ariel pages will not work unless you have access to the BBC Intranet.

Web site: www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/

BBC Trust

The Trustees, supported by the Trust Unit, make sure the BBC listens to the voice of the public.

Web site: www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust

Old SMs

Old studio managers' site.

Web site: www.oldsms.co.uk/main.php

BUSHLOG archive

A collection of assorted BBC World Service publicity material and personal photographs and documents from c1950-2000.

Web site: www.richardsonmedia.co.uk/Bushlog.html

200 Oxford Street

Old Radio Broadcasting Equipment and Memories.

Web site: www.roger.beckwith.btinternet.co.uk/bh/oxfordst/oxfordst.htm

Lost Shows

Kaleidoscope’s Lost Television search engine. Developed in association with ITVs Raiders of the Lost Archive campaign, with details on more than 175,000 different episodes, almost 40,000 of which are not thought to exist in the ‘official’ archives.

Web site: www.lostshows.info

Andrew Wiseman 625 Television Room

The BBC Logo Gallery - A look back at the changing on-screen look of BBC Television. This gallery of idents charts the history of Britain's oldest television company.

Web site: www.625.uk.com/tv_logos/bbc.htm

Midlands Media Museum

The Midlands Media Museum is a long, ongoing project to preserve and celebrate the history of broadcasting in the Midlands.

They are looking for kind, generous donations of broadcast memorabilia from the Midlands. Maybe it's old scripts, broadcasting equipment, props ... anything that represents the history of broadcasting in the Midlands region. They are also looking for people to write their personal memories for the website. Perhaps you worked at the old ATV studios on Broad Street in Birmingham, or worked at BBC Pebble Mill.

Web site: midlandsmediamuseum.wordpress.com

Pebble Mill studios

This site is part of a research project by Vanessa Jackson to document programme making in the regions. It celebrates programme making at BBC Pebble Mill. There are video interviews, photographs and text about the programmes and the building - which was demolished in 2005.

Web site: pebblemill.org

Back to Bush House

A collection of assorted BBC World Service publicity material and personal photographs and documents from c1950-2000.

Web site: richardsonmedia.co.uk/Bushlog.html

Noticeboard for former BBC staff

A volunteer-run, non-profit-making site to put former colleagues in touch with each other and to give them a place to exchange thoughts and memories.

Web site: www.ex-bbc.net

Forum for former BBC Staff

Topics include: News and Comment; Notices, obituaries and tributes; History; pensions; Ex-pats; where are they now and reunions etc. To post messages on this forum you will need to register an account, which is quite simple.

Web site: www.ex-bbc.net/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.pl

Donald MacLean - Pioneering TV producer

Biog-blogs with new insights on TV & Radio personalities and events of the 40/50/60's.

Web site: www.the-life-of.me

BBC around the world

Special page for overseas staff and contributors.

Web site: www.bbc.co.uk/atw/

BBC Comms Department

Including Lines Department, and the Transmission Comms Ops and Comms sections of Transmission Engineering Dept.

Web site: www.acdale.plus.com/CommsDept.html

BBC Engineering Info

Recollections of BBC engineering from 1922 to 1997. Huge site with copies of BBC Engineering Info and articles on just about everything technical. Lots of WN course photos under "Training"

Web site: www.bbceng.info

Roger Wilmut recollections

Fragments of an informal history of Broadcasting. The site mainly covers recording techniques and studio equipment at the BBC and some other observations and stories of interest.

Web site: http://rfwilmut.net/broadcast/history.html

An incomplete history of London's television studios

This website by a freelance television lighting director, contains a wealth of information and pictures about BBC and other studios based in the London area.

Web site: www.tvstudiohistory.co.uk

Cameras, Sound and Lighting at BBC TV

Site created by Bernard Newnham.

Web site: www.tech-ops.co.uk

BBC VT

VT Oldboys. An informative site detailing the history of BBC Videotape Department from 1958 to the present day.

Web site: www.vtoldboys.com

The BBC Logo Gallery

A look back at the changing on-screen look of BBC Television.

Web site: 625.uk.com/tv_logos/bbc.htm

Old BBC radio equipment and memories

This site has many pictures of historic BBC radio equipment and memories from the people who built, maintained and used it. Compiled and edited by Roger Beckwith.

Web site: www.btinternet.com/~roger.beckwith/bh/menu.htm

BBC OB ExComms and ExBHComms pages

Mike Jordans site with lots of Kendal Avenue and BH pictures and memories.

Web site: www.bostonmanor.plus.com/

Mike Todd's site

A potted history of Broadcasting House.

Web site: www.miketodd.net/other/bhhistory/

Definitive Guide to Britain's Film and TV Industry

The British Film Institute's Guide that contains a whole TV section.

Web site: www.screenonline.org.uk

More from Kendal Avenue

This time from Martin Perrett. Photos etc etc

Web site: www.kaobs.com

Mike Brown's site

Everything you ever wanted or want to know about Transmitters.

Web site: www.mb21.co.uk

The TV Camera Museum

Pictures and information about almost every camera ever made.

Web site: www.tvcameramuseum.org

Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD)

Web site: www.stld.org.uk/index.php

1950s British TV Nostalgia

Lots of old programme stuff.

Web site: www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/

Old Studio Managers

This fledgling site contains many group pictures of SMs and trainee SMs from the 1960s thru to 2009.

Web site: www.oldsms.co.uk/main.php

BBC H2G2

h2g2 is an unconventional guide to Life, The Universe and Everything. The site is an encyclopaedic project contributed to by people from all over the world. The BBC took over the running of the site in February 2001 as part of a drive to develop new and innovative online services.

Web site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/

Digital Spy

Digital Spy is the UK's largest independent entertainment website. The accompanying discussion forums have more than 290,000 registered users and 28.3 million posts, and is in the top 30 English language forums in the world.

Web site: www.digitalspy.co.uk/

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