The BBC at Bush House

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Studios go through a network before being passed on to the transmitters: in the World Service these networks are colour-coded for reference. The continuous English broadcast is coded Green and unlike most of the others (which merely switch between language transmissions at set times) has an announcer to link programmes, read trailing material, and so on.

Here we see the Studio Manager's desk in the World Service in English ('Green' network') continuity, in 1972. Based on Type B studio technology from the late 1950s, the facilities are pretty basic: three tape playback machines (they don't record), three channels each capable of selecting the outputs of any studio, recording channel or incoming landline (including Big Ben) and keys to insert the Greenwich Time Signal, and Interval Signal (to fill time as a last resort).

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Roger Wilmut. This site is not associated with the BBC