Winter Hill Masts

TV Licences: Another Tory Promise Down the Tubes

Non-means tested free TV licence plan for over-75s binned

We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Anyone with half a brain would know that a Conservative Party election promise has the longevity of a Primark suit. As we age, our brain power begins to wane unless we exercise our mind with sudokus, quizzes or other creative activities.

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Darranlas from Penrhiwcaradog Farm (G. Evans, 2009).

TV Review: Our Lives: Battle of the Bands

East of the M60‘s review of BBC One’s documentary on brass banding

Our Lives: Battle of the Bands: BBC One, 27 May 2019, 7.30pm

  • Presenter: Ruth Madoc;
  • Musical Director (Tredegar Town Band): Ian Porthouse;
  • Musical Director (Cory Band): Philip Harper;
  • Executive Producer (BBC Wales): Christina Macaulay;
  • Executive Producer (Yeti Media Ltd): Siân Price;
  • Producer and Director: Gruff Rees.

© 2019 Yeti Media Ltd for BBC Wales.

Brass banding seems to be at the back of the queue in relation to television coverage these days. Before the late 1980s, BBC had Champion Brass which gave our brass bands a national arena for viewers who couldn’t afford the trip to the Royal Albert Hall. There was also similar competitions organised by ITV franchises, most notably Granada Television’s Granada Band of the Year.

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When JAM Ruled the British Airwaves: Part One, BBC Radio One

How JAM Creative Productions revolutionised the sound of Britain’s favourite radio stations

In 1976, a recently formed radio jingle production company landed one of radio’s most formidable accounts. It was the jingles package for the BBC’s most popular national stations: Radio 1 and Radio 2. The company, little known in the UK prior to landing their prestigious contract, was JAM Creative Productions. For the next twenty-one years, the Dallas-based production company would produce a most distinctive set of jingles that defined the image of both radio stations. Continue reading “When JAM Ruled the British Airwaves: Part One, BBC Radio One”

Television Puppet Stars Through the Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

From Sooty to Hacker

John Logie Baird demonstrated his early televisual experiments with a ventriloquist dummy’s head. On the 02 October 1925, his dummy’s head known as Stookie Bill, was used to demonstrate early television pictures.

90 years on, we still use puppetry to entertain viewers young and old. Whether it’s a mule and Annette Mills or the goings-on at Furchester Hotel, they bring joy to many of us. Sometimes they can get away with things that human actors couldn’t do. Or upstage them. Continue reading “Television Puppet Stars Through the Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Lost Treasures and Torments of Christmas Schedules Past: The Not So Perfect Ten

The TV schedules of Christmases Past

East of the M60 has delivered you, the reader, a lovely Christmas bonus Not So Perfect Ten. There’s every chance you may be bored stiff from the present offerings on ITV, the BBC and numerous other cable and satellite channels. You’ve exhausted the DVDs, Netflix and Blinkbox. A part of you may be yearning for the days of three or four channels and Christmas specials commanding 20 million or more viewers. Continue reading “Lost Treasures and Torments of Christmas Schedules Past: The Not So Perfect Ten”

It’s Number Two… To Top of the Pops: The Not So Perfect Ten

Remembering the rival music shows to Top of the Pops

Before MTV and VH-1, most of us got our musical kicks from reading the New Musical Express and watching Top of the Pops. Or, we would listen to the singles chart on Radio One with the dulcet tones of Tom Browne, Tommy Vance or Bruno Brookes. Continue reading “It’s Number Two… To Top of the Pops: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Farewell New Broadcasting House

East of the M60 on BBC North’s move to MediaCityUK

BBC New Broadcasting House, Manchester
BBC New Broadcasting House, Oxford Road. Photo by Bods.

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