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The intention is that the content should be entirely positive towards the BBC, reflecting the great loyalty and enthusiasm of BBC engineers.  However this does not preclude amusing stories.

As BBC Transmission was privatised in 1997 this seems a logical year to end and as several years have passed since then it should ensure that the content is acceptable to the organisations that carry out equivalent work today.

The BBC gave permission for the book On Air to be published, but it is not always be practicable to get additional permission for individual contributions to this website, so I will try to ensure that they are likely to be acceptable to the BBC as well as any other relevant organisations and individuals.

It is not practicable to put a copyright notice against all individual items (e.g. the PDF files of Eng Inf) and it is not always possible to determine the copyright owner of material.  The nature of the material is that it is very specialised, of interest to a small minority and usually many years old.  As a consequence, where appropriate, copyright is duly acknowledged as follows:

  • British Broadcasting Corporation

  • Arqiva (now owner of the Home services part of what used to be BBC Transmission)

  • Encompass Digital Media (now operator/owner of the World Service's part of what used to be BBC Transmission).  This follows acquisition of Babcock Media Services in 2018.

  • Contributors to this web site as listed on the New Items page

  • Any copyright owner who requests a specific copyright notice in a contribution

Please contact this web site if any material gives you cause for concern regarding copyright.


Use of names, initials and email addresses

Individuals are referred to by name except where there is concern that they might object, in which case initials are used.  If you object to your name, initials or picture being used then please let me know and I will amend the web site.  The web site does not include personal addresses, email addresses or phone numbers.   If a contribution includes an email address it will be under the domain of this web site, with forwarding to the contributor's real email address. Some documents in PDF format contain business contact information at the time of publication, but it is no longer current.


Individual articles include an acknowledgement to the contributor.  In addition acknowledgements are listed on the New Items page.

Browser compatibility

The web site does not use advanced features and it is believed to work on all browsers.


If necessary, the publication policy will be amended as the web site develops.

If anything on the web site gives cause for concern then please let me know.


General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - effective from 25th May 2018

Paragraph 18 on page 3 of the Regulation states: “This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data by a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity and thus with no connection to a professional or commercial activity. Personal or household activities could include correspondence and the holding of addresses, or social networking and online activity undertaken within the context of such activities.....”

The IT Governance website states: “To fall within the remit of the GDPR, the processing has to be part of an “enterprise”. Article 4(18) of the Regulation defines this as any legal entity that’s engaged in economic activity....”

The actual wording of Article 4 (18) is:  “‘enterprise’ means a natural or legal person engaged in an economic activity, irrespective of its legal form, including partnerships or associations regularly engaged in an economic activity;” is not an economic activity.  If the subject matter dealt with present-day BBC activities then this might be regarded as a ”connection to a professional or commercial activity”.  However, it does not.  The subject matter on BBCeng is solely concerned with “Recollections of BBC Engineering from 1922 to 1997”.  It is an activity which involves the processing of data by a “natural person” (i.e. Martin Ellen!) for the interest and enjoyment of other natural persons with similar interests. It is financed by Martin Ellen on a purely personal basis and content is provided voluntarily by many contributors.

My conclusion is that GDPR does not apply to


  1. If you think that my conclusion is wrong please let me know so that I can take action as necessary.
  2. Irrespective of the legal position concerning GDPR, I respect its aims and I will continue to manage the content of in a responsible manner that is in keeping with the need to safeguard personal data.

Please note that does:

  1. NOT collect data on visitors, such as via Google analytics.
  2. NOT have a registration form.
  3. NOT have e-commerce functionality
  4. NOT have a newsletter sign-up form.
  5. NOT have personal social media links e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.
  6. NOT use a comments system for articles, such as Disqus.
  7. NOT have scripts that use cookies.
  8. NOT have a contact form for users to get in touch (just an email address).
  9. NOT include personal addresses, phone numbers or email addresses.

All content is put on BBCeng by me and no database systems are involved.  Communication is simply by personal email. does include photographs with captions that name individuals. Most of these photographs were taken many years ago and in each case I have carefully considered the merit of including them.  In 15 years I have received one request to remove a picture (because the owner of a hillside in Scotland objected to it appearing in the background of a relay station picture), but I have received very many messages of appreciation for all the content on the website.

To reiterate the request that has been on this Policy page for many years, if anything on the web site gives cause for concern then please let me know.


Martin Ellen
4 December 2006

Updated 17 January 2014

Updated 7 April 2018 (GDPR)

Updated 10 April 2018 (More on GDPR)

Updated 26 June 2019 (note about PDF format documents)

Updated 20 June 2021 (Browser compatibility note amended)