The London Lunch 2016

Paul Mason (many of you will remember him) has asked if I can publicise this event.

You may be aware of the ‘London Lunch’ for ex-BBC Engineering and Operations staff which for several years was organised by Norman Taylor and Mike Bunting, and then taken over by a team including John Lightfoot and Malcolm Johnson.  Last year that team stood down, and Simon Shute and I took over the organisation.


Details for this year’s lunch are:
Tuesday 11th October
In the Trafalgar Room of the
Victory Services Club
63-79 Seymour Street
London W2 2HF


Time: 11:30 for 12:45 lunch

The cost is £47 per head, and guests are welcome.  We now have our guest speaker, we are delighted to welcome the official BBC Historian, Professor Jean Seaton. Her book ‘Pinkoes and Traitors’: The BBC and the Nation 1974-1987’ was published in 2015 and a revised and enlarged paperback is due within the next few months
As well as being the BBC Historian Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, and Director of the Orwell Prize for political writing. Her other books include the classic Power Without Responsibility: The Press Broadcasting and Internet in Britain, with James Curran, now in its 8th edition, Politics and the Media and Carnage and the Media (about the reporting of violence). She broadcasts regularly (most recently for an Archive on 4 on Pevsner and a forthcoming C4 series on the monarchy), is on the editorial board of The Political Quarterly, and runs a pioneering Foreign Office Course that brings together senior Indian, Pakistani, Afghan and Bangladesh journalists.

2016 London Lunch Menu & Booking Form
Very much looking forward to October 11th
Paul Mason
Simon Shute

A blast from the past – but, where?

John Farr contacted me to let me know about a shot in the titles of “The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook”, transmitted last Thursday, August 4th, on BBC2.

I’ve grabbed a frame from the third shot in the programme as it features the late Ron Sangster.RBS copy

The question is, which cubicle?

Current thoughts are VT4, but, sitting here just before posting, could it be VT9?
Answers in an email, please!


BBC TV Centre – Final Look

Gareth Gwenlan RIP

Vacancy at the BFI thought that you may be interested in this job.

Job title: Archive Support Engineer
Job reference: REQ0172
Application closing date: 24/05/2016
Location: Hertfordshire – Berkhamsted
Salary: £28,482 – £33,321
Job category/type: Fixed-term

We are looking to recruit an Archive Support Engineer on a fixed-term basis to join the Conservation team as soon as possible.

This exciting role will provide expert engineering and technical support, maintaining and sustaining the diverse range of audio visual equipment, both analogue and digital, to meet a wide range of exciting archive objectives and projects.

If you are fascinated with machinery and technologies, backed up by relevant qualifications and professional experience gained at a practical level, this role will involve working with electronic and electro-mechanical equipment and associated systems vital to the preservation of one of the world’s greatest collections of film and television. You will require strong technical aptitude and possess the necessary skills and knowledge to diagnose faults and repair equipment, working at component level. The ideal candidate will already have excellent knowledge of current and legacy video, audio, digital, television and film systems, spanning all historic technologies, although expert skills and knowledge exist within the team to support this role.

The role is based at the BFI National Archive in Berkhamsted (nearest station is Berkhamsted) and is to start as soon as possible.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

Further details about the role, including an information pack, can be obtained by clicking here.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 24th May 2016.

First interviews will be held on Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Lime Grove Reunion

Change of date for mid Summer Lunch at Guildford

Following today’s announcement of the date for the EU Referendum, I have brought forward the Oldboys (and Girls) Summer Lunch from June 23rd to June 16th. Please adjust your diaries accordingly.

There will, obviously, be the standard advance notice email before the event.

The Black Bison 600

Jeff Goddard RIP

John Vigar has just informed me of the death of Jeff Goddard, last week. The funeral will be at Skipton Crematorium next Monday at 11.oo a.m.

Many will have fond memories of Jeff……….

Jeff Goddard

Ian Andy Andrew funeral details

Funeral for Ian Andy Andrews will be held on Wednesday 17th February at 2pm at Hendon crematorium. If you have contact details for Chris Harding or Dave Charlton please contact Andre on 07708237040

The Editors Toolkit

A shameless plug for Chris Wadsworth’s new book, available on Amazon.

Chris W cover

THE EDITOR’S TOOLKIT has just been published by Focal Press. Not about software and designed for most abilities and complete with 52 specially shot downloadable exercises, it is now available on Amazon and shortly on i-books. Most members of the BBC Television Recording Dept will recognise the front cover illustration is by Dave Rixon and there are more of his cartoons inside.There is a also companion website: where you can sample the book and download four free exercises. Share and enjoy – I hope.