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ANGLIA TELEVISION 1967…….AT THE RAF COLTISHALL AIRSHOW.

TELEVISION SOUND – A PERSONAL HISTORY. THE EARLY YEARS PART FOUR.

MARCH 2020

For the first in this series of posts on my years at Anglia Television look here http://blogdavidtaylorimages.co.uk/television-sound-mixing/anglia-television-1966-to-1969-my-first-years-in-tv-sound/

In September 1967 the large RAF fighter base at RAF Coltishall was one of the many RAF stations that opened their doors at the anniversary of The Battle-of-Britain and held an airshow. Anglia TV decided to televise it and I either ‘tagged along’ or was working on it…I can’t remember which, but being still being an aviation enthusiast, I took along my camera. It looks like I was still using the camera I had since my teenage days in Singapore, a cheapish Japanese rangefinder with a fixed 45mm lens, a Samoca MR.

Anglia must have had to put in lots of preparation to undertake this ‘OB’, as in the photo below you can see the Anglia OB Scanner, plus the support tender parked on the grass in front of the Coltishall Control Tower.

The Anglia Television OB Unit with it’s ‘tender’. It’s 1966 registration CVG533D, shows that this must have been Anglia’s second ‘scanner’ and with ITV converting to colour a few years later, I guess it would have a fairly short life before it too was to be replaced again.

Positioned between the control tower and the runway, Anglia’s OB Scanner has been parked to make the most of the cable runs to the unit’s 4 Pye MkV cameras and the commentary position on the control tower balcony.
A Whirlwind HAR10 Air-Sea Rescue helicopter is landing near the unit, beside a Tiger Moth glider tug. Coltishall’s resident Lightnings are scattered around in the distance.

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ANGLIA TELEVISION 1966 to 1969…….MY FIRST YEARS IN TV SOUND.

TELEVISION SOUND – A PERSONAL HISTORY. THE EARLY YEARS PART ONE.

FEBRUARY 2020

I thought I’d talk a bit about my early working years in television sound and when I’m able too put in some photos from those times.
I hope that describing the techniques we worked with, starting in my case in the 1960’s, will help point out what a primitive technological world we worked in and how far things come since then.

I started in the summer of 1966 when Sid Denney, the Head-of-Sound at the ITV broadcaster Anglia TV, took a gamble and let me join the Sound Department in Norwich. He didn’t have much to go on as there were no college courses at that time…I’d just showed an interest in sound and had been tinkering with tape-recorders, but Sid set me off on a really great career.

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