Here you will find some useful links:
Pension Related Links
The Pensions Regulator
The UK regulator of work-based pension schemes.
Working to improve confidence in work-based pensions by protecting members’ benefits and encouraging high standards and good practice in running pension schemes.
Web site: www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk
Department for Work & Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions leads the Government’s response to some of the biggest issues facing the country – welfare and pension reform – and is a key player in tackling child poverty. It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.
Web site: www.dwp.gov.uk
BECTU BBC pensions campaign
The BBC BECTU represents all categories of staff, and jointly represents journalistic staff with the NUJ and electrical staff with Unite Amicus Section. BECTU members in the Corporation are in the union’s BBC Division.
Web site: www.bectubbc.org.uk/pensions/
Occupational Pensioners’ Alliance
The OPA is a democratic, non-party-political organisation of occupational pensioners’ associations in the UK. OPA was formed in October 2003 from a merger of the Confederation of Occupational Pensioners’ Associations (COPAS, est. 1993) and the Alliance of Occupational Pensioners (AoP, est 2001).
Web site: www.opalliance.org.uk
Sites of Interest Links
Membership is open to all ex-BBC employees, freelancers and contractors, regardless of length of service.
The BBC Nature Sound Effects Library
70+ categories of nature, ambience, & animal sounds
A collection of assorted BBC World Service publicity material and personal photographs and documents from c1950-2000.
Web site: www.preddonlee.com/Bushlog.html
ADAPT is a five-year (2013-2018) research project, funded by the European Research Council and based at Royal Holloway, University of London. The aim of the project is to research and document the history of British broadcast television technology between 1960 and the near-present.
Web site: www.adapttvhistory.org.uk
Voice of the Listener and Viewer
The Voice of the Listener and Viewer champions excellence and diversity in broadcasting and is an authoritative independent advocate of the BBC.
Web site: www.vlv.org.uk
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.
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 – now known as the British Entertainment 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 June 2019 there were nearly 800 interviews varying in length from 30mins to over 20 hours. In total there are over 6000 hours of material.
Web site: www.historyproject.org.uk
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
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
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 studio managers’ site.
Web site: www.oldsms.co.uk/main.php
200 Oxford Street
Old Radio Broadcasting Equipment and Memories.
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
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.
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
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.orbem.co.uk
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
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 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/