|Sir Francis McLean was Director of Engineering from
1963 to 1968 and he directed the introduction of colour television,
as well as many other developments.
His granddaughter Tessa McLean
has kindly donated a significant collection of his papers to BBCeng
and they will gradually be added to this page.
Many of them were donated in the form of foolscap
so the quality of the text is poor, but good work has been done by Nick
Cutmore to scan and enhance them.
The six items below were added in
June 2021 and many more will be added over the next year after they have
been checked with respect to the
publication policy of this website.
Machines, Money, Methods and Men: 15th March 1966
Notes and script for a talk to a management conference at Uplands.
It deals mainly with staffing issues - "Men"!
Colour Television in the UK and Europe: 21st September 1966
Full script of a speech to an I.E.E.E. Broadcast Symposium in Washington.
It describes the present state of the art and acknowledges that the UK and
Europe has profited enormously from the experience gained during the
introduction of colour TV in the USA.
Technical aspects of the introduction of a colour TV service: 28th September
Full script from a seminar at Mullard, emphasising the need to build up
expertise in colour television technology.
Telecommunications - The Next 10 Years: 17th October 1966
Full script of a prestigious "Granada Guildhall Lecture".
It covers the state of the art regarding cable, terrestrial wireless and
satellite systems. The issues covered include spectrum, propagation,
powers, compression, components, and economics. In some ways it
predicts the internet, satellite broadcasting, MPEG coding and even
transmission of moving pictures from Mars!
Scientific collaboration between the universities and the Engineering
Division of the BBC: 20th December 1966
Full script of an introduction to Engineering Division at a two-day
Royal Television Society: 28th February 1967
Full script of his "reply to toast" at a prestigious RTS banquet.
"..it was the flickering light of the television that brought about the end
of the Dark Ages"!