Recollections of BBC engineering from 1922 to 1997
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Listen to talks about the first 40 years of BBC Engineering.

Examples of engineering achievements through the decades

1920s: Outside Broadcast of The Boat Race. SB network (providing Simultaneous Broadcast of a programme from many transmitters).
1930s: “High Definition” TV service in London. Many new studios, with greatly improved acoustics. Empire Service on HF.
1940s: Studios (e.g. at Evesham) and powerful transmitting stations built to support war effort. Third Programme service.
1950s: FM radio. TV in most regions in time for Coronation. Cablefilm developed for transatlantic television transmission by telephone cable.
1960s: Colour TV. Sound-in-Syncs (saving money). Analogue standards conversion. Unattended TV transmitters (saving money).
1970s: Digital distribution of stereo sound. Teletext. Automation (saving money). World's first digital television recorder developed.
1980s: TV service extended to remote populations. Digital video processing e.g. rotating world. RDS (revolutionised FM reception in cars).
1990s: BBC centres linked by digital broadcast network. Digital Audio Broadcasting. Automated HF transmitting station built in Thailand.

BBC engineers were central to these achievements, but nearly all engineering developments are the result of contributions from many people in various organisations and their contributions are gratefully acknowledged.

This is only a small selection, so if you would like to highlight others then please email.

BBC Engineering: Progress and Achievements 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992




Eng Rpt to Gov 1982.pdf



Review of broadcast distribution systems in 1973.

Sound Broadcasting - Its Engineering Development (searchable) 1962