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Tough year of upheaval and ambition Pension news
Below is a short overview of
– the BBC annual report summarised
recent government changes
and developments to
For Mark thompson, the powerful Afghanistan documentary State pensions
Our War symbolises much of the BBC’s ambition in a year of The Government’s proposals to accelerate
the planned rise in State Pension age are
expected to become law by October. The
radical change. press has reported on the estimated 300,000
women who will be most affected by the
planned changes in the Pensions Bill 2011
(those in their mid to late fifties) and who
will see a delay of up to two years in the start
of their State Pension. A number of campaign
groups have attacked the plans, claiming that
women who are affected have been left very
little time in which to re-think their finances.
Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan
Smith, last month conceded that support
must be put in place for such cases, stating
that ‘transitional arrangements’ may be made
in these circumstances.
It is important that you are aware of your
correct State Retirement date, so that you can
plan effectively for your own retirement. The
Department for Work and Pensions will be
Brian Cox, presenting the popular Wonders of the Universe Five daughters updating its forecasting system in line with
any change in legislation; once the new ruling
Shot with soldiers’ helmet cameras and approach to reflecting people of different audiences rising to 10.3m against 6.2m for is in force, the State Pension Age calculator at
voiced in their own words, the BBC ages in our on-air talent’. Sky News. www.direct.gov.uk will also be updated, and
Three programme was ‘exhilarating, The impact of last autumn’s licence fee Audiences for regional tv news reached you can check your own State Retirement
disturbing, heartbreaking and utterly settlement and the DQF process meant that a five-year high (5.5m) and local radio date by visiting the site (see ‘Pensions and
gripping’, the director-general says in his there remained ‘many difficult questions and audiences were up by 720,000 to 7.4m. retirement planning’ section).
introduction to this year’s annual report. trade-offs to work through’, but Thompson Network television hours from Scotland
It claimed the second highest AI of any BBC concludes: ‘Now, more than ever, we are more than doubled to 611. Pension liberation
factual programme and reached a large determined to put quality first.’ Across the portfolio of BBC TV and radio In recent months, it has become
young audience. For many BBC staff, the year was channels, reach was up. Drama output across apparent that a number of companies
‘To me this commitment – not just to characterised by upheaval. There were angry all channels was down year-on-year by a are claiming to be able to release pension
‘preach to the choir’, but to put serious, protests at the World Service closures and the hefty 630 hours, largely due to the strategic funds for members, contrary to the
engaging journalism, knowledge and culture painful pensions reform process, designed decision to acquire fewer series, but the Government’s early access rules. Known as
in front of everyone, including those who to address a £1.6bn deficit – along with a year saw a drop in originated drama of just ‘pension liberation’, methods of doing this
may not feel a natural appetite for it, and to below inflation pay offer – led to two days of eight hours. vary, and include loans written to the scheme
make it so compelling and inspiring that it strike action. An average of 20m people in the UK used member, or the transfer of pension scheme
becomes unmissable – is at the heart of what The Executive review recognises that the BBC Online each week, with a record 11.7m funds into an alternative product which
it means to be a public service broadcaster’, migration of departments to Salford – now hits to the News website on the day after then releases money at a much earlier date
Thompson says. under way, coupled with the uncertainty the General Election. Across the year, BBC than intended. Both the TPR and the FSA
Over a period of digital growth, strong over implementation of Delivering Quality iPlayer averaged more than 100m requests have issued warnings about the danger
audience approval and rising trust levels First is ‘unsettling’ for people inside a month and a total of 1.6bn programmes of such action.
among licence payers, he singles out the organisation. were played. From 2012, the Government’s Automatic
Wonders of the Universe, the most ‘exciting’ ‘There will be fewer jobs in the new As the future of the BBC Asian Network Enrolment system will come into force as part
Proms season in years and the ‘brave’ drama BBC. So the coming year will see us work remains under review, its audience grew, of plans to boost the number and quality of
Five Daughters as stand-out achievements, with staff and unions to manage those although it recorded the lowest AI score workplace pension schemes. The National
along with BBC coverage of massive world changes fairly, transparently and with of any BBC radio station (71%) while Employment and Savings Trust (NEST) is a
events like the Japanese tsunami and the compassion, providing outplacement services continuing to cost the most per user hour. new workplace pension scheme which was
Arab Spring. and redeployment wherever possible and Overall – despite a licence fee freeze, created to support employers in meeting
working to maintain staff motivation and extra future commitments including paying their new duties. NEST has launched a
A year of upheaval engagement’, management promise. for World Service, the pension deficit and comprehensive website which provides detail
Miriam O’Reilly’s successful suing of the BBC inflationary pressures – the BBC ended the on how the scheme will work, how money
for ageism was clearly a low point: ‘In 2011 BBC News Channel increases year with a balance sheet, and a net overdraft will be invested to enhance members’ pension
we need to demonstrate that we have learned weekly reach of £16m, that demonstrates the ‘underlying pots and also includes an interactive area
both the specific and the more general Among the report’s content reviews, coverage health of the BBC’, says chief financial officer, where members of the NEST scheme can log
lessons from the case’, Thompson says. The of seismic international events helped the Zarin Patel. The five-year continuous saving in to access their account details and
BBC will continue to work with the wider BBC News Channel increase its weekly reach programme is on target to exceed £2bn by monitor their pension fund progress.
industry to develop ‘a more sophisticated by almost a third to 12.2%, with 2010/11 2012/13. Visit www.nestpensions.org.uk.
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uPdatE from thE bbC 03
The BBC Pension Scheme – Save your energy
Report and Accounts with BBC lighting
the BBC recently published its scheme Report and Accounts guide
for the year ending 31 March 2011. Below is a short summary the BBC has launched a guide
of the main points. We plan to feature a broader breakdown of to using low-energy lighting
the Pension scheme’s report later in the year. (LEL) on television productions.
Overall performance average, as measured by WM’s UK Pension It is meant to act as a one-stop-shop for
The membership of the Scheme rose slightly Fund Benchmark. lighting directors, studio managers and
during the year. As at 31 March 2011 the The BBC Pension Scheme, which is production teams, helping them to cut carbon
total membership was 60,399; 1.4% more registered with HM Revenue & Customs emissions and save on energy bills. The
than last year, and 5.4% more than five years and the Pensions Regulator, is established comprehensive 32-page guide – with graphics,
ago. The value of the Scheme’s investments and governed by a Trust Deed and Rules. statistics and product comparisons – is to lead
(including AVC investments) rose by 8.3% Members of the Scheme (other than the way in changing the industry’s approach to
from £8.2 billion last year to £8.9 billion as members of the Career Average Benefits sustainable productions. The guide is the first
at 31 March 2011 and the Scheme’s assets sections) are contracted out of the State of its kind in the UK television industry.
produced a return of 8.6% in the year ended Second Pension. The BBC has a target of reducing its energy
31 March 2011. Over the last five years the To find out more about the BBC Pension Scheme consumption by 20% by 2013. LEL lamps
Scheme’s investments have generated an
annualised return of 3.7%. This is around
Report and Accounts, please visit www.bbc.co.uk/
last longer than traditional ones and save
money and energy in the long run, although
they initially cost more to buy or hire. It’s
estimated that up to 80% of energy consumed strike action took place this
on a production can come from lighting summer after BBC members
Introducing Quick of the NuJ voted in favour
alone. By using LEL, the energy consumption
can drop substantially. BBC Three’s Mongrels
has, for example, saved 40% of its energy of industrial action over
Response Codes (QRCs) consumption by using low-energy lighting,
and Silent Witness is saving around 30%.
Of members who voted, 72% said they were
What is a QRC? the BBC Pension Report and Accounts, visit Cardiff Bay in favour of strike action and 87% were in
A QRC is a kind of barcode, which you www.bbc.co.uk/mypension’ at the end of an Other BBC programmes are about to favour of action short of a strike. The union
may have seen on advertising or in other article, a printed QRC image would take you introduce LEL, including the new set of says the recent ballot could result in more
publications, and is often used for adding straight there once you had scanned it with Casualty, which will use 100% LELs when strikes unless compulsory redundancies
web links to a printed page. Using your your mobile. it moves to Cardiff Bay. Studios in London are halted.
Smartphone (mobile), you scan the QRC and in the buildings occupied by the BBC NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet
(like you scan a barcode on a product you QRCs in Prospero at MediaCityUK will also use lights that said, ‘Members at the BBC are fully prepared
buy) and, providing you have the QR Reader For the first time, readers are able to access consume less energy for regional news to stand up for their colleagues under threat.
application on your mobile, it instantly websites straight from Prospero, using their programmes, sports coverage, the News If the BBC wants to provoke a strike over
takes you to the link generated by that QRC. Smartphones or web cams. Below are a Channel and on the new set of BBC Breakfast. such small numbers it would be shameful.
It could be any website, a YouTube video or couple of examples of QRCs for you to try, The BBC believes that, by sharing this We call on the BBC to get round the table
any other sort of web page. Basically, instead which will enable you to access the BBC guide, everyone working in the industry can with us and sort it out.’
of saying, say, ‘for more information on Pension website and Prospero online. find out how to reduce the carbon footprint The strike ballot was called after it
of their own productions. became clear that compulsory redundancies
Adrian Poole, Director of IT and Technology would arise from cuts to the World Service
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mypension/ Delivery, said, ‘Only by having a shared goal and BBC Monitoring, where 387 posts are
of reducing our energy consumption whilst scheduled to close.
maintaining the quality of light, have we now The NUJ motion reiterates the policy
got to a stage where low-energy lighting is a of no compulsory redundancies among its
reality for productions. We hope that this guide members and calls on the BBC to resolve
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mypension/sites/ will help move the whole industry forward in all outstanding cases. It also condemns the
helpadvice/pages/documents-prospero.shtml creating a sustainable future.’ decision not to use the £2.2 million granted
by the Foreign Office to the World Service for
the next three years to halt all compulsory
devised and compiled by Jim Palm
1 2 Complete the square by using the clues; these apply only to words In a staff email sent in response to the
running across. Then take these words in numerical order and announcements, director of News,
3 4 extract the letters indicated by a dot. If your answers are correct, Helen Boaden emphasised that turnout
these letters will spell out the name of a period BBC serial. for the ballot was less than 40%, involving
5 6 1,248 members – 6% of BBC staff.
Please send your answers in an envelope marked Crospero to the
‘We will continue with our efforts to limit
Editor, Prospero, BBC Pension and Benefits Centre, Broadcasting
7 8 the number of compulsory redundancies
House, Cardiff CF5 2YQ by Friday, 9 september 2011.
but the number of posts that have to close
CLUES means that unfortunately it is likely to be
1. Youth (3), 2. Responded in a certain way (7), 3. Drinks counter (3), impossible for us to avoid some compulsory
4. tree (3), 5. Big lake (4), 6. Having nothing to do (4), 7. Paces (5), redundancies’, she said, adding that the
8. Requirements (5), 9. Cat or dog (3), 10. Kind of soup (5), extra FCO funding for World Service was
11. Antique (5), 12. American lizard (3), 13. Projections (5), ‘not enough to allow us to avoid having to
14. take the wheel (5), 15. Abrasive tool (4), 16. Northern river (4), continue with this process’.
13 14 17. small pocket (3), 18. For cooking (3), 19. Forebears (7), 20. Drop off (3) She continued, ‘I understand that many
NUJ members will face a personal choice
15 16 Solutions to Crospero 158: stationer, Mean, Nonet, Lit, Quasi, ulnar, about whether or not to take part in industrial
shane, Basic, sonar, Roles, Ducat, Radio, sum, Haven, Eros, Landwards. action. Before they make that decision I
17 18 Partial down words: umber and Egret want to stress that we will continue to do all
the programme was ANtIQuEs ROADsHOW. the winner was we can to limit the number of compulsory
19 20 Mr Ray targett. redundancies though at this point we have no
other options available to us.’
PROSPERO August 2011
Dr. Who building
Nigel Vincent, on the ‘Local
London’ website, writes
about an old film set poised to
An empty office block above Ealing The commentators position and new C.P.S (Cathode Potential
Broadway tube station that was once used as Stabilisation) Emitron camera televising the Boxing Finals at the
a film location for BBC TV’s Dr.Who could be Empire Pool, Wembley, at the 1948 Olympic Games, held in London Riverside studios
converted into student flats because of a lack
The howl-round continues to excite
of interest from commercial bidders.
Villiers House has been earmarked by
Imperial College and the Royal College of
Music as a suitable venue for a new hall I believe this was how it first happened!
of residence. The landmark building has
Prospero would like to thank readers for the many letters Whilst I believe I may have inspired Ben to
been placed under offer with the academic received on the subject of the Dr. Who ‘howl-round’. Just as it discover the effect, I do not claim to have
institutions willing to take on the remaining
55-year lease, currently held by the BBC,
seems we are getting close to the definitive truth behind its birth, discovered it! Senior Studio Engineer)
according to reports in the latest edition of someone else comes up with a recollection which keeps the
Property Week. Camera tubes responsible
‘The office market isn’t that buoyant in the
debate going! for peel-off
area and there is a lot of product along the Far be it from me to disagree with the
Uxbridge Road’, says Tony Fisher, head of office Dr. Who Titles The distance from the monitor was very esteemed Geoff Higgs, with whom I
agency at Lambert Smith Hampton, which is Please allow me to solve the mystery of the critical, and the ‘beam focus’ on the camera eventually worked, but his memory is
acting for the BBC. ‘Lots of educational bodies ‘howl-round’ title sequence. On Friday, was adjusted to get ‘dynode spots’ on the playing tricks with him. The peel-off effect
have looked at it. It seems an obvious move.’ 13 September 1963, crew 1 was allocated picture. If these were varied, sometimes the was an unwanted feature of the CPS Emitron
to Studio D, Lime Grove, 0930-1745, Riverside or Dr.Who effect would be triggered. camera tube that occurred when it looked
The enemy of the world programme title – ‘Dr.Who experiment’. Some However it was very fiddly to set up, and at a bright light. It was not used for the
The nine-storey building has been on the experiments involved smoke generators and there was no way that it could be used on the Dr.Who titles. The studios at Lime Grove, D, E
market since the collapse into administration some electronic effects. Studio D still had transmission because the camera was used and G (F was a scenery store), all had those
of Glenkerrin, the Irish property the old CPS-Emitron cameras which were elsewhere until a few minutes before the cameras in the early sixties when the first
development company which failed to push renowned for producing a vision ‘peel-off’ effect was required. series of Dr.Who was made. I actually had the
through a controversial redevelopment of when pointed at a bright light so pointing Peter Jarrett, BBC Operations and Maintenance privilege of working on the first episode in
central Ealing. The plans had proposed the one at a monitor and getting a ‘howl- 1955-1990 studio G shortly after I joined Tech Ops as a
erection of a 40-storey Dubai-style tower round’ added to the effect. Five weeks later, camera trainee.
block designed by Sir Norman Foster. 18 October, we recorded the first Dr.Who Dr. Who Camera Peel Apart from Dr.Who, studio G was also
Some local residents fear that a change of in the same studio. The first series involved The Dr.Who howl-round, came about famous for becoming the home of Top of the
use to student digs could freeze any significant cavemen in skins and because Studio D had (I believe) after I talked to Ben Palmer Pops when it moved from Manchester down
redevelopment of the station which is widely the old tungsten 4-lights it was very hot! in Riverside Studios. I said to him that a to London. It was also, I believe, where
regarded as being long overdue for having its You can imagine the smell! camera taking a picture of a monitor was another Sci-Fi series, Quatermass, was recorded.
poor access problems dealt with. Dave Mundy not a ‘howl-round’ but a picture of a picture. Ben Palmer (also no relation, although we
Villiers House was once home to the This I think, made him think about the now live just a few miles apart) is, of course,
BBC’s finance and accounting services and in Down by the riverside subject, and experiment with a camera right in confirming the origin of the video
November 1967 the building’s fire escape was Could I add a little information on in Riverside 2. howl-round used for the titles as mentioned
used to film a scene from Dr.Who’s The Enemy this subject? I remember that he positioned the camera in previous letters. The peel-off effect was
of the World, starring Patrick Troughton as the Originally I believe this was known as so that it framed an area smaller than the made use of, however, when the Daleks
doctor. Ealing locations were often used for the ‘Riverside Effect’. This must have been monitor raster, and adjusted the brilliance of ‘zapped’ someone, giving an unworldly look
Dr.Who stories during the period that the BBC before Dr.Who used it. Presumably it was first the picture to produce the howl-round. This to the way they died. When the CPS Emitrons
owned Ealing Film Studios. One of the most discovered by Norman Taylor in these BBC had the appearance of a CPS camera peel but were eventually replaced by cameras using
famous sites, close to Ealing Broadway was the Riverside Studios. he was using an Image Orthicon Camera, Image Orthicon tubes, the producers then
department store shop window from which In the early 1960s I was working as a which does not peel. had to work out a new way for the Daleks to
animated shop dummies, the Autons, broke Vision Control Operator with either crew We were all very excited by this, and Ben kill their enemies!
out for an alien rampage in the 1970 series 4 or crew 9, in studio Riverside 1 when spoke to Presentation and offered it as an The only studios I remember using
Spearhead from Space. Norman Taylor, our Technical Operations interval picture. Vidicons were the Presentation studios Pres
Manager, asked us if we could set it up, as They declined, since he could not A and Pres B. Pres A was then the weather
the producer would possibly like to use it guarantee what it would do. This was just studio and Pres B was where Late Night
at some stage. It was set up on our camera prior to Dr.Who coming on air, I don’t know Line-up was based and where The Old Grey
3 Image Orthicon with the camera facing a what brought it to their attention, but they Whistle Test originated.
studio monitor with camera 3’s output on it. used it for the titles. Rex Palmer
Quatermass and the Pit pic Daleks made use of the ‘peel-off’ effect
PROSPERO August 2011
Clear writing areas of the discipline.
When Ann joined, the BBC’s News
introduced by Stuart Hall. David Davies (of
football administration fame) and the late
on a television puppet programme called
Vegetable Village and showed me a photograph
I found this little gem in a recent copy of and Current affairs staff were more Nick Clarke were, I believe, Sports reporters of herself with a veggie glove puppet.
‘Ariel’, being part of a report on a visit to mobile than ever before, given to being at that time. She said the show was produced by Ian
Pacific Quay, Glasgow: sent wherever a news story was to be Other names I remember from the Carmichael, Musical Director was Eric
‘The technology has been key for covered into undeveloped countries where Newsroom along the corridor are Directors Robinson and amongst those doing the
everyone working at PQ. For example, Radio medical support was less than minimal Charles Farmer and Linda McDougall (wife voices were Joan Sims, Derek Guyler and
needed a system that would link teams all and the occupational health hazards quite of veteran MP Austin Mitchell) and Hazel Kenneth Connor.
around Scotland with the main base, and horrendous. Thanks to her, our staff were Mackintosh, who was the PA for Look North. I asked older members of the British
would also marry up with Audio and Music prepared as far as they could be, being Just to jog a few memories, the Puppet & Model Theatre Guild, some of
in London. Everybody uses VCS dira to access supplied with health advice and kits that at photograph shows some of the team in the whom worked on early TV puppet shows,
content, with SADIE for craft editing. The the least would help protect from bush witch studio gallery one afternoon circa 1970 if they knew anything about this show and
managing editor, Radio Scotland, explains, doctors and untrained local support. waiting for action. Technical Manager John nobody had heard of it. However, it seems
‘When we moved here we changed our When I retired from the BBC and became Spicer (now retired in North Wales, Con that Ian Carmichael actually was a BBC
work flows, our job roles and the tasks an Executive HR Director of one of the Jones (camera) and Jerry Clegg (Sound staff producer in his early career, just after
within them. The big success for us is biggest NHS trusts in Scotland, I inherited Supervisor), also retired but active in the the war. The BBC must have been the only
the interface between VCS and the digital responsibility for setting up a system of restoration project of North 3. company making TV shows in those days;
library. It has been a huge benefit to staff in Occupational Health and Safety for some Mike Baker would they have made a pilot programme?
terms of accessing content, reversioning it, 9,000 staff. My guiding light was the The lady also told me she had been asked
finding and using content from different
genres. What we have on the desktop now is
example set by Ann and previously, Alec.
Personally, I owe her a great debt; she Rooting around – to operate ‘Mrs Mop’ in a puppet version of
ITMA, but this plan was abandoned.
incomparable, and that’s really important.’
I seem to remember attending an
uncovered a health problem which sent me
off to specialists rapidly. She had identified can you help? I wonder if any of your older readers
have any memories of this programme.
Engineering Division ‘Report Writing’ the problem while we were having a meeting I was for some years a director/producer Her son, who must be in his early 60s,
course in the mid-70s, when the emphasis over the changing needs of News staff. with BBC TV Children’s Programmes and says he remembers going to Lime Grove to
was on producing clear messages, free from Moving to Scotland I kept in touch with Ann when that nice Mister Birt came along I watch it. I thought she might be confusing
ambiguities and jargon. and her husband Peter and will ever regret returned to my former occupation of actor/ it with WHIRLIGIG and Mr Turnip but a friend
So, when I read statements like the one that distance meant little opportunity for singer/puppeteer. of mine who worked on that said Mr Turnip
above, some of which I freely admit I don’t more than letters and cards. I recently met a lady (of 80 plus) who has a different producer. Any help would
understand, I have two questions: what has Tony Austin told me that she once worked as a puppeteer be appreciated.
happened to clear writing, and who is trying Ex CA News and Current Affairs Radio and Manager Peter Charlton
to impress who? Foreign Bureaux and Special Projects News and
Oh – and why does this word ‘content’ Current Affairs.
appear so often these days? Surely the BBC
still produces and distributes programmes /
programme material, regardless from which Well done, Chairman
‘platform’ (more jargon) it is transmitted? As a pre-war television engineer, I was
Robert Matthews delighted to see the new Chairman Chris
Patten directing the Corporation thinking
Occupational back to Reith days: a broadcast service of
great quality and standards serving the
Health pioneer people, with contented staff not concerned
May I add a few words to your obituary of I was also sorry to read of the death of
Ann Fingret? my TV engineer friends like Pottinger and
When Ann joined the BBC she followed in Walters and one or two others. I begin to
the footsteps of a venerable and very much wonder at 95 whether I am the last of the
respected Dr Alec Muirhead. Alec’s humanity, pre-war TV engineers. I look forward to
understanding of the needs of the hugely the 75th anniversary. Picture shows Molly Blake (daughter of Annette Mills) with
diverse staff and his ability to persuade those Robert Mears Prudence Kitten in a puppet programme for young viewers
who tried to use the system, meant that the
BBC had an Occupational Health department
of outstanding class. I mention this because it Recollections
was very clear very quickly that Ann brought
to the BBC a style and compassion that of Studio N
moved Alec’s legacy forward. Reading Martin Noble’s memories of the
Occupational Health was a discipline of newsroom in Manchester’s Broadcasting
medicine which was still in its infancy. Ann’s House in the 1960s brought back my own
professionalism and background gave us a memories of working in Studio N, with its
head start in coping with developments in vidicon cameras and its 16mm Telecine in
procedures such as health analysis of staff, the back of the gallery itself.
health trends under stress and pressure As a junior operator at the time it was
which were under-acknowledged but now, often my duty to load the reel of 16mm
some quarter of a century on, are the main news film to play in inserts to Look North
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06 LifE aftEr auNtiE
CONtACts Mont Blanc, Rodney
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must be a BBC pensioner and a member of graeme Aldous, one-time Producer/Presenter at BBC Radio Cleveland (now BBC tees), has
the BBC Club. For an application form write exposed as myths some of the folklore behind ‘the World’s Favourite 4x4’.
to: graham snaith, 67 Newberries Avenue,
Radlett, Herts WD7 7EL.
telephone: 01923 855177 All Land Rover enthusiasts ‘know’ that the 90) was invited back to the UK for a fortnight from www.teeafit.co.uk/stopgap for £20,
Mobile: 07736 169612 vehicles were built of aluminium because of celebratory events, including a visit to the including postage worldwide. For more
Email: email@example.com there was a surplus of aircraft scrap after the Solihull factory where his career started; the information, contact Graeme Aldous at the
War, and they were painted green because of recreation of some early publicity photos with address(es) below.
bbC products a stockpile of cockpit paint. Graeme’s new an appropriate 63-year-old Land Rover, and a
BBC retired staff are entitled to a 30% DVD shows that to be a myth. dinner in his honour. Teeafit Sound & Vision, South Lane Farm, Moorsholm,
discount off the RRP of most products Graeme, a freelance audio-visual producer Realising this was a unique opportunity SALTBURN,Yorkshire TS12 3JE 01287 660515
in the BBC tV Centre shop. there is a
and Land Rover enthusiast, has produced to document an important event, Graeme www.teeafit.co.uk/stopgap
postage charge of £2.95 per order
(not per item). Pensioners must quote the DVD ‘Stop Gap’, featuring the man who arranged to shadow Arthur with his video
their BBC pension number when ordering. can be regarded as the ‘midwife’ of the Land camera, and produce a DVD that allowed
Contact: BBC shop, Audience Foyer, Rover... Arthur Goddard. Arthur was the enthusiasts worldwide to share in the visit.
television Centre, Wood Lane, London Land Rover Project Engineer back in 1947, What he didn’t realise was that Arthur was
W12 7RJ. telephone: 020 8225 8230 and as such was responsible for turning the about to explode a number of pieces of
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org original ideas and drawings into a viable Land Rover legend.
Other ways to order (quoting your vehicle. But in the late 50s (and before the
pension number when ordering): By history books came to be written) he moved Myths exploded
phone: 08700 777 001 8.30am- on to another company, eventually running Arthur emphatically denied the main folklore
6pm weekdays. By post: BBC shop, their operations in Australia. On the other – he said that Land Rovers were aluminium
PO Box 308, sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8LW.
side of the world, he got forgotten. so that they wouldn’t rust, and the metal was
Or visit BBC shops in Eastbourne, a new, special formula that had nothing to do
Brighton, Leicester, Birmingham or Land Rover reunion with aircraft. Similarly, the light green was a
Liverpool. uK postage £2.45 for telephone, A couple of years ago, a chance meeting in standard Rover car colour, which was already
post and email orders. Overseas: £4.50 for Brisbane with a young Land Rover enthusiast set up in the paint guns. This and other,
one item and £2 for each additional product led to a conversation with another Australian similar myths were exploded by the only
for telephone, post and email orders. enthusiast now living in Worcestershire. He man still alive to tell the true story.
recognised the name ‘Arthur Goddard’ from The ‘Stop Gap’ DVD is now already selling
bbC Pa research he’d done in the Land Rover archives. to enthusiasts all around the world, and the
For details of how to join the Pensioners’
Association, see panel on page 5.
Realising that this was the only surviving modern Land Rover company has requested
member of the original team, Arthur (now a copy for its own archives. It’s available
PROSPERO August 2011
LifE aftEr auNtiE 07
BBC Volunteer Visitor Scheme – an update
the BBC Volunteer Visiting scheme is a practical method for ‘keeping in touch’ with BBC pensioners.
the scheme operates throughout the united Kingdom. Visitors are BBC pensioners themselves. they
have an aptitude for forming friendly relationships with others. their activities are managed by the
Volunteer Visiting scheme Co-ordinator from the Pension and Benefits Centre in Cardiff.
lunches a year, one in the summer and one at IHT: is it time to
‘It is really popular and now people
attending have become old friends. It has
give a little?
The Budget announced one helpful
also reunited old colleagues who worked in
future change, but more radical reform
the same departments and it is very good for
could be on the horizon.
some people who don’t get out very much.
By Arnie Vashisht, Independent Financial
Although the BBC was the introduction to
Adviser, AWD Chase de Vere
my visits we now just have a cuppa and
Before last year’s election there was
a chat about just about everything. I have
talk that the inheritance tax (IHt) nil rate
heard some fascinating stories and enjoy
band would be raised to £1 million. During
the election campaign this idea gradually
Maureen is the lady standing in the centre
moved into the hinterland of ‘aspirational’
of the photo (below) with the turquoise
policies. After the election, the formation of
top and glasses. The other attendees are
the Coalition government meant that the
as follows. Left to right front row: Audrey
£1 million goal was abandoned: increasing
Flay, widow of Frederick Flay who was a
the personal income tax allowance was
scenery supervisor at TV Centre, Bill Isaacs
given priority over reducing the impact of
– communications engineer based in Bristol
IHt. the June 2010 ‘emergency’ Budget
who worked all over the country, Megan
confirmed that Alistair Darling’s planned
Each visitor is allocated a convenient Kent Isaacs his wife, Carol Nicolson – Production
freeze of the nil rate band at £325,000 until
geographical area covering an agreed number Maureen O’Halloran is the Volunteer Visitor assistant on Radio 2 and world service, carer
at least April 2015 would be implemented.
of pensioners. Visitors undertake to visit for the Kent area and is responsible for co- Zinta, Donald Holmes – World Service &
the 2011 Budget contained a statement
each of their pensioners twice a year. Some ordinating visits and get-togethers there. She CBC broadcaster (he covered the royal tour
which seemed to offer some easing of the
visitors organise get-togethers which take writes about a recent event held in July: ‘A of Canada in 1953) and Donald’s other
IHt burden. However, once the details
place locally to them. Different areas have hugely successful summer lunch was held carer, Ramona.
emerged it became apparent that this easing
different volunteer visitors. We have details on 7 July at the Marine hotel in Whitstable. Standing: Gordon Traynor - husband of
was not as generous as it had seemed. What
below of two recent events organised by the There were 17 attendees and people from Rosemary, Sally Kimber – Station assistant,
has been proposed is that for wills coming
Volunteer Visiting Scheme. other areas were there too – some from radio Medway which became Radio Kent
into effect from 6 April 2012, the rate of IHt
Dartford and Hertfordshire. There were three (she is also the Visitor for the Dartford area
will be reduced to 36%, provided at least
Truro absentees due to ill health and bereavement but comes to our lunches as her old boss
10% of the taxable estate is left to charity.
Judith Cook is the Volunteer Visitor in the who always attend – Jack Hollands, Harold Harold Rogers usually attends) Maureen,
this is good news if you are already
Mid Cornwall area, and she has sent in a Rogers and Matilda Dourant.’ carer Bridgitte, Barbara Jones, widow of
intending to make substantial charitable
picture (above) of a recent get-together, held Maureen has also given us some details John Jones – Scenic operative BBCTV, Audrey
donations in your will. If you are now close
in May at the Cathedral Cafe in Truro. Judith of her background, her work as a Volunteer Flay’s daughter, Joan Coburn-Moon, Widow
to the 10% threshold, it could even pay
is also planning to do something similar Visitor and a guide to who’s who in the of Anthony Coburn- Producer at BBC TV
your beneficiaries for you to increase your
later in the year and would love to hear from Whitstable photo. ‘I worked at BBC Radio Centre, Rosemary Traynor – PA in the History
charitable bequests, once the legislation
other interested pensioners who couldn’t Guernsey as an MA/Head of Music/producer and Archive Dept at Elstree, Mike Lucas - HR
takes effect. However, if your sole aim is
make it in May. of Children in Need’ she says. ‘We moved to the and Development Manager BBC Medway
to maximise what your beneficiaries will
Judith has also sent in details of the people UK nine years ago when I retired to be near and London and South East.
receive, the concession is of no use.
in the picture, which might stir up recollections our children. I then did a brief stint at BBC ‘As you will see’, concludes Maureen,
the charitable gift rate reduction may
in some of our readers. On the left of the Radio Kent helping my Guernsey boss Robert ‘there are carers who accompany people
not be the only revision to IHt in the next
picture at the front is Thelma Rowlands, former Wallace who then had moved to Kent. (He enabling them to come. Donald Holmes in
few years. the Office of tax simplification
BBC Visitor. Thelma joined the BBC Valve Section has now gone back to Guernsey!) fact brings his three ladies with him each
(Ots), set up by george Osborne, was
at Motspur Park in 1969 and retired as head of ‘As a Volunteer Visitor, I visit 20-25 time and it’s an opportunity for him to give
critical of the current IHt regime. the
data processing in 1982. Her husband Geoff people (numbers do fluctuate for various them a nice meal together. He is almost
Ots pointed out that the £3,000 annual
Rowlands (who set up the photo) is across reasons) twice a year in the Thanet area blind and lives alone and they really are
exemption had not been increased since
the table from her, at the bottom right. Geoff of Kent (Ramsgate, Margate, Herne Bay, amazing people.’
1981, nor had the exemptions for gifts on
retired from the BBC in 1992 but continues Whitstable and also the City of Canterbury
marriage changed since 1975.
to use his BBC expertise in looking after a TV and surrounding villages – quite a big
Rather than proposing these exemptions
‘studio’ system in Truro cathedral. pitch). A few years ago I decided to hold a If you would like a visit or information on how to
be uprated, the Ots suggested that it
On Geoff’s right is Ann Keith. Ann started lunch during the summer months and it has become a Volunteer Visitor, please ring 0845 712
would be better ‘to consider the scope and
at the BBC in 1963 at the Langham, working snowballed since then – we now have two 5529. You will be charged only as a local call.
operation of inheritance tax with reference
in Finance in the post room. She also worked
to the original and desired policy rationale’.
at Henry Wood House, Duchess Street,
the Ots’s conclusion was that IHt ‘is a tax
16 Langham Street, Brock House and BH.
that needs a ‘top down’ review’.
On her right is Judy Andrews, who worked
For expert assistance with inheritance
for the BBC from 1973 – 2005, firstly as a PA
tax planning aspects, call AWD Chase
with Current Affairs and Science in London
de Vere on 0845 140 4014. Your initial
and then as a Production Manager in Bristol.
discussion with an adviser will be without
Judith herself sits in the middle of the
charge or obligation.
picture (counting out the money!) Judith
the value of tax reliefs depends on
recently attended BBC Radio Lancashire
your individual circumstances. tax laws
(as Blackburn became) 40th anniversary
can change. the FsA does not regulate
celebrations and retired from full-time work
will writing, tax advice and some forms of
in December 2010. On her right is Barbara
inheritance tax planning.
Martin, who joined the BBC as a shorthand
Arnie is an independent financial adviser
typist in October 1945.
with AWD Chase de Vere. AWD Chase
The last member of the group is
de Vere is one of a panel of independent
Evelyn Knight. Evelyn was married to Tom
financial advisers selected by the BBC. AWD
Knight, who joined the BBC in 1956 as a
Chase de Vere Limited is authorised and
Probationary Technician, working mostly at
regulated by the Financial services Authority.
Ealing Film Studios.
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Cut more managers, says Patten
The chairman of the BBC Trust has called for which are central to the BBC’s future,
senior management numbers to be cut to including programme sales and distribution,
around one percent of the total workforce by the international iPlayer and bbc.com,
2015, which at current staffing levels would he concluded, ‘We will not be willing to
leave the corporation with some 200 senior consider any proposals for privatisation of
posts. Lord Patten set the target in a recent any of these core elements.’
Lottery Winners wide-ranging speech to the Royal Television And he’s asked the DG to see if Worldwide
Congratulations to June’s lucky winners; Society. He set out his vision for the BBC as it can work with the UK’s commercial
Patrick Mcsweeney, Katie Pollard, stuart adjusts to a future of restricted income, and it broadcasters to sell a wide range of UK
Richardson, sophie Mostyn, Antony is a leaner, simpler organisation of fewer, less programming abroad.
Jolliffe, Katie Hile, Rose Howell, tim well paid managers he has in mind. The chairman also announced that the
Chisholm, Peter Wise, Mary Manning, ‘There are still too many senior managers’, BBC will have a Chief Complaints Editor,
Clive Doig, Melanie Webb, terance Peters, he said. He’s asked the Director General to reporting directly to the DG. He or she will
Helen O’ Donnell and J Higgs. review both senior pay and senior posts, be responsible for simplifying and speeding
to be in with a chance of winning next saying he wants ‘to create a smaller group up the complaints process which was
month – email email@example.com of people more clearly accountable for recently described as ‘convoluted and overly
or log on to your account on the BBC spending the licence fee. That means further complicated’ by a House of Lords committee.
Club website. reductions and it will also mean a re-drawing
of the boundaries around who is and is not a More important issues
Club West one senior manager.’ than pay
Club West One will be closing in August/ ‘What the BBC pays its stars will become a Lord Patten
september for a refurbishment. the dates How it will happen ‘non issue’ if the corporation keeps a tight
are to be finalised but as soon as we In 2009 there were 640 senior management rein on its talent pay bill’, says Lord Patten. BBC continues to stop short of identifying
know, you will too! posts in the BBC. That figure will have Addressing journalists at a press conference its highest earning stars – those in the £500k
reduced to 512 by the end of this year, but to launch the BBC annual report, the Trust and above bracket, whose numbers are
fly to Paris the BBC says it can’t estimate the 2015 figure chairman also reiterated that he wants the aggregated in the annual report, showing
Ariel Flying group fly out to Paris. because the corporation’s size and shape will ‘toxic’ issue of executive pay dealt with as 19 in that band in 2010/11 as opposed to
AFg pilots and students will be flying be different, due to DQF and the out-of- quickly as possible, because there were more 21 the year before.
themselves to Paris for the bank holiday London programme. important things to focus on. Patten was ‘totally in favour’ of the holding
weekend, 27-29 August. Senior Manager Numbers: ‘The accuracy of our journalism is back, ‘There is a difference between public
For information on how you could
• August 2009 – 640 endlessly more important than executive accountability and prurience’, he said. There
• July 2011 – 534 pay, which is why I want to get it out of the was natural concern about BBC pay as a
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• 2015 – 1% of workforce way now’, Patten said. He was speaking as whole, but recent pay settlements had been
Chris Poole, 0303 040 9592.
The BBC intends to achieve the reductions the Trust published its executive and senior below public sector and media sector levels,
through a review of the grading structure manager pay strategy for the next four years, and there was no doubt that executive pay
10% discount on Cottages4you
and post closures as a result of DQF changes putting more detail on the aims set out in the had come down.
cottages4you offer the largest choice of
and the end of strategic projects. It estimates chairman’s RTS lecture last week. ‘Talent pay is more complicated’, Patten
over 15,000 holiday properties throughout
a third of the reductions will come from post said. ‘It is absolutely right that we bear down
the uK, Ireland, France, spain, Portugal closures and the greater part from regrading. ‘Tidy up’ grading structure [on it] but the question arises as to whether
and Italy. Choose from the extensive Under the plan the BBC will: we should be as open about presenter pay
collection of country cottages, villas with Capping pay differences • reduce numbers of senior managers to as you would about a director of finance.’
pools, rustic farmhouses, rural gites and Alongside that sweeping reduction, Lord around 200 (1% of total workforce) from The National Audit Office should have that
apartments. Patten also committed the BBC to being the just over 500; information, he argued, but it was ‘not a
Holiday cottages and villas are a popular first UK organisation to introduce a public • depending on DQF and completion of fundamental human right’ to have access
and flexible holiday choice – ideal for family ‘pay multiple comparison’, so that people projects like Salford and W1, make a third to BBC celebrity earnings. There were legal,
holidays, weekends away, romantic breaks can see how the pay of those at the top of of those cuts in the next two years, a third data protection and contractual reasons not
and get-togethers with friends. Cottage the organisation compares to that of the rank by 2013 and the remaining third by 2015; to disclose, as well as the danger of driving
facilities include open fires, enclosed and file. ‘This action on pay is important’, • ‘tidy up’ the grading structure to clarify the best talent away and inflating the talent
gardens, hot tubs, four-poster beds, a pub explained Lord Patten, ‘because the BBC who are the senior leaders; market.
close by, walking from the door, pet friendly must do right by the licence fee payers who • pay SMs in strictly ‘public service roles’
cottages and lots more. pick up the bill and by all the staff that work less than those more likely to be in Fewer staff
Login to Club save for details https:// throughout the organisation at every level.’ demand in the commercial sector; ‘But this will pretty much be a non-issue
www.bbcclub.com/save.php Lord Patten continued, ‘We will do this • cut the SM pay bill by a further £9m by if we can demonstrate that overall, the
by comparing the median pay of Executive 2015, on top of the 25% reduction due to figures are under control’, Patten said. The
Phoenix Leisure Centre and Janet Board members to median pay within the be met by the end of 2011; total talent bill is down a further £9m on
adegoke Swimming Pool BBC.’ Median pay is the mid-point, not the • cap the median executive director salary 2009/10, but over the last two years, the
Exclusive membership for BBC Club average. The current median pay of BBC staff at no more than nine times that of the total had come down by £25m, which with
members. swim only membership £19.95 is £39,668. The executive level median is median BBC wage (Mark Thompson’s inflation, was more like £50m, claimed Bal
or swim and gym membership £27.95. £352,900, making the multiple of one to salary of £671 is 17 times the current Samra, director of rights and business affairs.
£11.60 per hour for table tennis and
the other 9. That ratio will be the cap on the BBC median); The annual report records BBC headcount
multiple. Lord Patten explained, ‘Although • remove private health care benefits for up by four to 17,242, but once the
the BBC must continue to strive to attract all new executive directors and SMs from organisation had completed the moves to
£29 per hour for hall hire. t&C’s apply.
and retain outstanding candidates for senior August 1 and equalise benefits for all staff, Salford, W1 and fully implemented Fabric,
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W12 7DB Furthermore he hopes to recruit the next • continue the BBC discount for senior pay – will continue to fall over coming years’,
Join at the centre and show your BBC Director General at a lower multiple than at exec board level, a discount for between Thompson said.
Club card. that applying to Mark Thompson’s present 50% and 80%. Overall, he was ‘very proud’ of the
remuneration which, at £613,000, is 17 Reduction in SM numbers would not organisation’s achievements over a year when
Live ticket – Powered by times the BBC median. simply be people leaving the organisation, 97% of people in the UK used its services
ticketmaster Mark Thompson said, ‘As we reduce every week and the time people spent with
Fantastic savings on events at 20 Live ‘No sense’ to sell Worldwide [management] layers and simplify, there will the BBC was up to 19 hours a week.
Nation theatres nationwide, including 3 in Top level jobs and pay were not the only be clarification of who is a senior manager ‘In a very eventful year off air – including
the West End! news in the speech. Lord Patten also laid and who isn’t.’ the radical reform of the pensions – it would
At participating Live Nation theatres. down a marker for the future of BBC have been easy to have been distracted’,
Follow the link below for full details. Worldwide, saying, ‘It makes no sense to Prurience he said, ‘but instead the BBC had delivered
Login to Club save for details https:// sell Worldwide.’ Explaining the Trust’s view The chairman and director general inevitably content of the quality of Sherlock, Brian Cox
www.bbcclub.com/save.php that there are a core of commercial services faced questions on talent pay and why the on science and ‘the best ever Proms’.
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Pay bill cut, even before BBC launches Audio
Patten pledge Research Partnership
As Lord Patten places cuts to senior BBC Executive pay is discounted The BBC has launched a research partnership big step beyond 5.1 surround sound. This
pay squarely centre stage, the annual report by an average of 58% with five UK universities that will focus allows sounds to come from above and
reveals a four percent drop in the 2010/11 The 2009 executive remuneration review on areas such as spatial audio and speech below, providing a truly immersive audio
talent bill. recommended that executive pay was recognition. BBC Research & Development experience. We will look at how to make this
Heavily trailed in the press, the figures frozen for four years and bonuses removed will work with the University of Surrey in practical, both in a typical living room, and
show that spend on BBC presenters, artists, indefinitely, senior manager pay frozen and the audio-visual field and the University also through headphones.’
actors and journalists is down by almost £9m bonuses waived for two years and executive of Salford on acoustics. They will also
to £212.5m, with more than 8,000 fewer salaries discounted by between 50-80% collaborate on wide-ranging audio Strategic importance
individuals and organisations hired than in of commercial market rates. Benchmarked research with the universities of York and The partnership was launched recently at
the previous year. against the commercial sector, executive Southampton and Queen Mary University MediaCityUK in Salford, where Tim Davie,
As expected, the number of individuals, pay is now discounted by an average of of London. director of BBC Audio & Music, described it
as well as companies or organisations 58%, reports Marcus Agius. Payments to the The initiative will run for at least five as ‘another step towards more innovation in
earning more than £500k (and up to £5m) slimmed down executive board have also years and benefits will be shared across the radio’. Samantha Chadwick, who manages
has been aggregated to protect individuals’ been affected. From 1 April all members have industry to boost innovations such as the R&D Partnerships, said: ‘It provides us with
confidentiality in such a small pool of top agreed to removal of pension supplements. online Radio Player and HD audio. Graham a more structured framework for working
stars. In 2010/11 there were 19 in this Thomas, who leads BBC R&D’s Production with world-leading universities, in an area
category, two fewer than in 2009/10. March 31 2010 May 1 2011 Magic section, said: ‘One area we are looking of strategic importance to the BBC and to
The bill for the £500k-plus earners still Mark Thompson £838k £671k at is spatial audio, which could be the next our audiences.’
came to £22m, with £14.6m spent on an Tim Davie £452k £380k
undisclosed number of talent fees in the Zarin Patel £434k £365k
£1m to £5m bracket – a saving of £2.3m. Helen Boaden* £354k
The BBC also saved a sizeable £3.5m in the Caroline Thomson £419k £350k
£50k – £100k band due to 56 fewer hirings Ralph Rivera* £308k
and £2.9m at the £150k – £250k level, George Entwistle* £285k
where there were 14 fewer on the talent *New members.
payroll. It’s a trend that is in line with the
strategic aim to ‘reduce rates paid, develop Other executive directors have forgone an
new talent and work existing talent harder, additional month’s salary in 2011/2012,
as appropriate’, says COO Caroline Thomson which, for instance, brings Mark Thompson’s
in her review of how the BBC is managing pay down to £615,000. New Vision director
its business. George Entwistle’s salary package of
In the year that the BBC lost its One Show £285,000 is 40% less than his predecessor
hosts Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley to Jana Bennett earned, and almost £100k less
ITV, Thomson notes, ‘A resurgent commercial than that of his counterpart in radio, Tim
market has seen the departure of several Davie - appointed just three years ago.
high-profile individuals to other broadcasters, It was a year that saw the executive board
making further reductions challenging.’ trimmed to seven, as well as reduced salaries
for new board members and the removal of
Talent costs – but not as pension supplements (from April 2011) so
much as it did that, on paper at least, the executive director
Talent spend over £500k, with numbers of paybill is down 43%.
In numbers: senior managers John Holmes receives his honorary degree
Pay Band 2009/10 2010/11 Cuts Senior manager numbers are down by 74 on
£500k-£750k £6.17m £4.08m £2.1m last year, to 540, with 60 fewer in the £70,000
BBC staff presenter receives
£750k-£1m £2.75m £3.31m £0.5m – £130,000 pay bracket. Numbers earning
£1m-£5m £16.9m £14.6m £2.3m more than £100,000 dropped by 44 to 269.
Those earning £250,000 and above remained
Marcus Agius, chairman of the Executive
Remuneration Committee, adds, ‘The reality
of meeting stretching targets, within a short
static at a total of nine, the review shows.
Aside of the Patten’s plan to radically scale
down SM numbers, the organisation is on
timeframe, coupled with the necessity of target to reduce senior manager pay by 25% John Holmes, Nottingham-based TV and History Unit, he also worked on Any Questions
competing head on with highly commercial by the end of the year with a reduction to radio presenter, received the honorary alongside Jonathan Dimbleby, launching Any
competitors to attract and retain the very the paybill of £20m on August 2009 levels. degree of Doctor of Letters at the University Answers as a phone-in. His TV work began on
best talent, will be an ongoing challenge The total spend has already dropped by of Nottingham on Friday 15 July. John Look! Hear! a youth show with Toyah Wilcox
for the BBC.’ £14.4m in less than two years. was awarded the degree for services to which promoted new bands, among them
broadcasting and the local community. The Specials, Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Members of BBC Trust submit fewer John has been with the BBC for over
40 years and began his career at Broadcasting
and Black Sabbath. John also presented one
of the BBC’s first consumer series, BBC2’s
claims for expenses House in London, working alongside
household names like Sam Costa, Victor
Inside Information, and hosted many shows
for Midlands TV.
Expenses claimed by members of the The Trust explains that Lyons’s salary of Sylvester, Humphrey Lyttelton and Status Now back in Nottingham, John is about to
BBC Trust between October 2010 and £142,800 for three or four days’ work a week Quo. He also did a spell in Birmingham on start filming another of his popular walking
March 2011 were 34% down on the same was reduced last September to £130,950, as spot effects for The Archers. He was fortunate series Holmes and Away for East Midlands Today.
period last year. part of a voluntary pay cut. When Lord Patten to find himself at BBC Radio Nottingham as This is series nine, and is called Innovators –
In total, the trustees claimed £39,364,35 took over on May 1 the chairman’s fee was a sports reporter during a great period for their story and their legacy. He has his own show
over the autumn, winter and early spring, further pegged back to £110,000. local sport in the late 70s when Nottingham every Sunday morning, 9 til noon, on BBC
compared to £59,956 between October 2009 Forest were winning European Cups under Radio Nottingham. Favourite interviewees
and March 2010. These figures show that the No car or driver Brian Clough, Clive Rice and Richard Hadlee have included Joan Collins, the Duke and
largest claimant was Sir Michael Lyons, whose Under the terms of his appointment, Patten were playing for Nottinghamshire Cricket Duchess of Devonshire, Alan Sillitoe and
term as chairman finished on April 2011. is not eligible to receive a BBC pension, life Club and Torvil And Dean were conquering Sir Anthony Sher.
His expenses amounted to £11,566.73 for assurance or medical insurance and has opted the world with their ice dancing. Away from work, John’s been married
the final months of his tenure, compared to not to have a car and driver. The expenses and John also worked in Bristol, producing to Kate for 42 years and his three children
£16,043 for October 09 – March 2010. The hospitality details are published by the Trust Down Your Way with presenters/interviewees have so far produced five granddaughters.
second highest set of expenses was submitted every six months as part of its commitment such as Nigel Hawthorne, Spike Milligan He’s also a founder and Chairman of the skin
by Alison Hastings (£6,161.29 against a to openness and transparency, demonstrating and Margaret Thatcher. As well as a satisfying cancer charity, SKCIN and patron of the child
previous figure of £7,105). how licence fee payers’ money is spent. spell working in the world famous Natural adoption charity, Family Care.
PROSPERO August 2011
Memories of the Engineering Training Centre so I devised a television studio exercise with
three sound mixing points. If done four
times, all 12 students got to do some critical
Colin Pierpoint, who worked at the Engineering training Centre in Wood Norton, has sent sound mixing. However, others thought I was
just trying to make a television programme,
in these reminiscences of the institution. but it was meant to be a training exercise to
set and control the foldback levels. I never
OB vehicle ‘village’ me after I had also retired and 20 years after achieved the objectives before the course
operating several VT their course, were very complementary about duration was cut by the accountants, so they
machines at once. me as Course Manager. had neither!
‘For a year I acted as Senior Lecturer and ‘After a course had left I would go back
New as Duty Lecturer was responsible for solving into the empty classroom. In my mind’s eye
technology the clashes on the duty sheet. With 6 or 8 I could see them all, and hear the laughs and
‘When ENG came courses running simultaneously, 11 radio the enjoyment. It brings a tear to my real eye
in, we had to studios, a television studio and edit suites, now, typing this.
retrain film camera not to mention classrooms, this was quite
operators in new a challenge. Resources were tight, so I used Presenting duties
technology. I was to go round to check that what had been ‘In television studio exercises I was often the
then talking to booked was actually in use. presenter, and I learnt how to let a telecine
some of the most run up crash in the rehearsal, but to save
experienced and Programme exercises them in the recording. (I believe it is easier
senior cameramen ‘There were programme exercises for some now with short runs from still frame – then
As Course Manager with my in the country. One courses. In the early days they were told we had 10 second run up on leaders.) My
Studio Managers Course in 1990 of them appeared to plan it all. I was never happy with this experience in front of camera led to a video
on television that because in the Radio network exercise, recording to replace the old lecture session
‘I first worked at the Engineering Training evening to collect a top news award! Here my an announcer would say ‘now over to the ‘Camera to Aerial’ which had been on
Centre on attachment in 1970. It was a time experience on Radio OBs and Radiolinks gave OB on the lawn’. This was followed by a slides. I wrote, directed and presented this,
when we were setting up the A course and I us something in common, but I also learnt a few words of description of the lawn, and which followed the signal from a camera in
worked on part 1, common to all technical lot from them. ‘back to the studio.’ It left no time for a Lime Grove to half way up the transmitter
and operational categories of new staff. I had ‘I was asked to set up the Resource pre-transmission test for the next source, mast at Sutton Coldfield. It helped to have
to plan each lecture I gave, and much of my Centre for students to use in the evening. which then invariably failed. Over time we worked in Comms in Birmingham and had
material was still in the files when I returned It contained audio-visual and video replay, built up a stock of programmes and could the knowledge and contacts, but we went
in 1975. This time I was often the Course and early desktop computers, so I wrote run a week’s network on TO or SM courses. all over London in blocks of 20 minutes
Manager, around A course number 35, and the first interactive programs to be used While working for a talking newspaper, I following the signal. The recording was later
I found that I could build up a repertoire at Wood Norton. Ironically a well known had recorded a feature called ‘Cropthorne used for recruitment.
of routines which would go well. I often company later gave a demonstration of Walkabout’ about the village open day. I still ‘Relationships were never a problem
particularly enjoyed demonstrations with a their interactive system, which crashed had the insert tapes and links which could be with students, and I loved being in front
Tommy Cooper impersonation, my speciality completely if you entered your answer before used for a students’ programme, impressing of them getting a smile. Of course, there
was lighting a 5 foot fluorescent tube on the being told ‘select your answer now’. Mine a manager from London who said it was a was also serious teaching, but my aim was
bench with only croc clip leads (to illustrate to keep them interested – a bored student
transformer turns ratio). Fundamental remembers very little. It was quite interesting
principles in A part 1 leant itself to demos “After a course had left I would go back into to watch how people learn. On two
which were real fun. At this time I also began occasions a group of my students came to
to see the deep appreciation of students the empty classroom. In my mind’s eye I could me and said ‘we didn’t understand a word
whom I had helped. Anyone who asked for of the last lecture’ so I would go over the
extra help got it. see them all, and hear the laughs and the subject again in their lunch break. Lunch
Permanent post enjoyment. It brings a tear to my real eye now.” breaks were often taken up with extra
material; the playback of Aki Kyubiama,
‘In 1980 I got a permanent post as a lecturer. a sort of surround sound stereo recording
In a class of 30 you can get some good didn’t, although it was difficult preventing very good exercise (it caught out many tape was always popular.
exchanges with the students. When I told students from changing the program. A operators because there were three reels
one group that I had accidentally sent +24 contact in Birmingham suggested a way to running at once, and they had to decide Many happy memories
decibels to the long wave transmitter at make a program listing give a decoy, the real which one to stop!). The students called it ‘IRO 89/1 was a special course. They wanted
Droitwich, one of them asked ‘Is that why program not being visible on the screen. the ‘Cropthorne Massacre’, because so many to cook pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, but
you are here?’ You have also to go along with Years later, after a reorganisation, the fell by the wayside! BBC ETD could not provide anywhere due
the spirit of the group you are teaching or Resource Centre was closed down. ‘I am not saying there were no problems; to Health and Safety (ugh!). So I invited
you loose their respect. As I was coming to I was the lecturer in charge of the Audio them all round to my house and they did the
the end of what I thought was a really good Senior lecturer Qualifying courses which traditionally cooking (and washed up!). In my home was
technical explanation, one of the women said ‘I was known by so many whom I had ended with a television programme devised some sound equipment which I designed
‘How old are you?’ Of course the whole class trained that it was nice being recognised at by them. I felt that this allowed some to sit and built. It worked by remote control
laughed, and I had to answer. TC or BH within minutes of entering the in the background, and others to take on a from any room, and as Studio Managers
‘If they had enthusiasm for the subject, I building. I used to time it; my longest was lot of work (which often needed a refill of they were keen to know all about it. I still
would give extra help to students. One was five minutes before someone said hello and energy in the club afterwards!). This gave Have the memo saying ‘…the trainees were
later the camera operator for the shot of asked how I was. In fact, a close friend and an unequal experience for audio assistants unanimous in their praise for your help
Princess Diana arriving at Westminster Abbey colleague was surprised at a BBC retirement on the course, after all, there could only be and commitment in making their time at
on her wedding day. I met another in the party by just how many people still knew one Sound Supervisor for the programme, Wood Norton worthwhile and enjoyable.’
It was appreciation like that which made
my time at Wood Norton worthwhile and
enjoyable as well.
‘As we all know, the redundancies
came along. I was spared the first round
and did a year as an Engineering Section
Lecturer. When I went, I was 50, and I never
wanted to be conspicuously in training for
too long. The job had changed and so had the
BBC. There are many happy memories to
recall, and I still hear the voices, like ‘How
old are you?’ I hope not too many of my
former students are reading this in Prospero,
because that will mean that their career came
The Main Building of the Engineering Training centre, to a premature end like mine, but if any
‘Tech Ops Q course with lecturers Jill Diver and Alan Tutton’ note the Wood Norton, which contains classrooms, sound control would like to get in touch I am on
telegraph pole, used to illustrated OB lines (before ISDN!) rooms and studios, laboratories and admin offices firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘She was like a second a junior capacity but as a result of her hard
work, talent and enthusiasm she moved up
rewarding of Weeks’ productions but he
went on from there to be responsible
Neil. Ron went on to become the founder
Editor of the BBC Six O’Clock News and he
mother to me’ the hierarchy until she became programme for 15 FA Cup Finals, nine Summer and brought about a new change in TV News
Alannah Hensler, organiser for all Italian broadcasts. She retired Winter Olympic Games, eight World Cup by appointing Roy as the Head of TV News
who died in in 1982 and lived in North West London. She tournaments and countless other outside and Current Affairs Resources, replacing
April at the age was unmarried. broadcasts. His main aim as a producer was Henry Tanner.
of 65, gave 40 Leon R Nahon to give the viewer at home the best seat in After John Birt set up the News and
years service to the grandstand. It sounds obvious, but Weeks Current affairs directorate, Roy’s first task
the Corporation, Pioneer of outside made it happen by knowing in advance what
he wanted and giving clear instructions on
was to merge Lime Grove TPC operation and
TV News Resources into one, which he did
the most part sports broadcasts how it was to be achieved. with utmost skill. He was adept at getting
as a copyright More than 32 It is unlikely that in today’s BBC someone both new methods of working in the BBC
commissioning million people in like Weeks would be recruited. He was just and getting Inmarsat and SNG technology
assistant. She was the UK watched a teenager when he joined, but no one into daily TV News operations. These both
formidable, independent-minded and no the 1966 World worked for the BBC with greater pride. He brought a big benefit to the BBC on-air
respecter of persons. Cup Final when was dedicated and regarded with affection by coverage. His understanding of the working
She joined the BBC in 1964 from England beat colleagues at home and abroad. He retired at of the Capital Finance system was very useful
secretarial college, first as secretary to Dick Germany 4-2 at the age of 60 and at home in Hove, Sussex, throughout this change.
Walford, head of the Copyright department, Wembley. The wrote his autobiography which, despite With his new systems working and
and later as an assistant commissioning man responsible its silly title ‘Under Auntie’s skirts’ is an operational, Roy left to televise Parliament
scripted material. She worked in that for producing the enjoyable read. on TV, before retiring in 1992. In retirement
department for 32 years, until it closed in the pictures that went He is survived by his wife Pamela, they he spent most of his time with his hobbies
1990s, outlasting seven heads of department. round the world was Alec Weeks (1925 – had no children. - travelling, trains, theatre and walking.
Over the years, Alannah worked for 2011), who began his BBC career in 1941 Sir Paul Fox He always found time to meet up with his
television and radio but had a special as an office boy. retired colleagues and attend local IEE/IET
affection for radio light entertainment. She He became a junior engineer at
Broadcasting House during the war and
Radio transmitter meetings in High Wycombe.
Roy died after a short illness on the
scrupulously kept track of writers’ rates and Kenneth Shepherdson, a retired member of
listened and watched their programmes, arranged the microphones for Major Glenn 28 May 2011, leaving behind his wife
our staff at Skelton, died on 10 June after a Betty, two sons (David and Andrew), and
so that she could assess the development of Miller and his band when they recorded 28
long illness, aged 84. a granddaughter.
their careers. numbers for the American Forces Network.
Ken was born in Kingston upon Hull and Bob Prabhu - Retired TV News Senior Cameraman
Writers’ agents were disinclined to After a brief spell in the RAF, Weeks became
was educated at Hull Riley High School.
challenge the rates she offered, because they a studio manager when Eamonn Andrews
knew that she could give chapter and verse began his distinguished Sports Report
He was evacuated on 1 September 1939 to
Bridlington and then Doncaster. Great correspondent
to justify the offer. One agent said that he programme in 1948. But television called Many friends and colleagues will learn with
After leaving school in 1943, he gained
advised his staff they could assume what was and he had to go to Manchester to find much sadness the loss of Sheila Cundy on
a job at a BBC wartime transmitter. He was
offered was at a discount to the real rate, but a niche. 5 June. She had a long and successful career
then posted to a regional transmitter and
that they should never make that assumption Football – live football – was then a in Programme Correspondence, taking a
after a few months was conscripted under
with Alannah. rare event on television but in 1959 Weeks break to have her children. Sheila made
the war regulations into the army where he
She could be severe. Of one Head of directed his first match, the second half of a welcome return as a senior member of
spent the next two and a half years servicing
Drama who sought to re-negotiate a deal a European cup-tie between Burnley and a busy letter-writing team, coping with
tank radios with the Royal Signals.
she regarded as closed, she remarked to the Hamburg. It was another five years before the an ever-increasing volume of mail from
He was then drafted on demob to the
agent concerned that the man was a dimwit stubborn resistance to television emanating listeners and viewers.
Skelton transmitter and had postings to
(though in riper language) and stuck to her from the Football League headquarters at A dedicated and hugely loyal supporter
original offer. A longstanding friend was cast Daventry and Hull. He also took an overseas
St.Anne’s on Sea, began to ease. In 1964 posting to Antigua for two years opening a of the BBC, Sheila handled difficult and
off when the colleague went to work for a often controversial subjects with experience
came the first Match of the Day programme, short wave transmitter, returning to Skelton
rights organisation and Alannah thought that and professionalism. An immensely kind
in black and white, in London only on until his retirement.
knowledge of the BBC’s negotiating ways and popular member of staff, she was
BBC2. Despite the opposition of football His eldest son Andrew died of a brain
was being misused. outstanding at training and encouraging
club directors, the programme prospered, so tumour in 2003. Ken is survived by his wife
She was much loved within the new young secretaries in her office. Sheila
much so that it was moved to BBC1 and has Margaret, son Ian, who lives in Somerset,
Corporation and by the writers she could be guaranteed to coax the very best
remained there, with a few changes to the and daughter Gillian.
commissioned. Her secretary, Waheeda Khan, from them gently, using great patience and
said at her funeral ‘she was like a second present day. Gillian Roberts
Signing a contract with the football understanding. Maintaining the highest
mother to me.’ standards at all times, she produced excellent
One of her extramural accomplishments authorities was a plus for the management
but the game still had to be got onto TV
Change maker and sometimes surprising results! Several
was making jewellery; at the funeral almost remained friends over the years, notably
screens. Weeks was instrumental in that. He Roy Vitty started
every woman was wearing something made Jenny, who kept in touch and visited her
led his team, usually around 50 people, with his career in
by Alannah. with her own family.
the BBC soon
Tom Rivers flair, clear-headedness and discipline. In his
after leaving the In recent years Sheila suffered ill health
mobile contract room, he was in charge, so
King Edward’s and coped with all the difficulties she
Dedication to BBC much so that when the Chairman of the BBC
Governors, George Howard visited during
Grammar School experienced with enormous courage. She
Italian Service a match and started chatting, he was told:
While working at
had good reason to be very proud of her
two successful sons, Nicholas and Philip,
Luigia Vallentine died on 1 June 2011 aged ‘keep the noise down, cocker, or you’ll be and always acknowledged their wonderful
the BBC, he
88. Her surviving sister Sylva has asked out in the car park.’ enrolled at the support – not only when their father died
her executor Leon Nahon to give Prospero If it hadn’t been for Weeks’ alertness, Hendon College – but throughout her suffering. Sheila was
readers a few words about Luigia. He writes: the 1966 World Cup Final would have cost in North London and completed his three also very quick to praise the exceptional
Luigia Vallentine came to the UK in the BBC an extra £100,000 – the sum year part time Higher National Diploma care she received from her Nurse and friend,
1940 and after working for the ministry of demanded by the Musicians Union for (HND) Course. He took up his first posting Marilyn. She loved music and enjoyed the
agriculture (issuing ration cards for cows!) the massed Band of the Brigade of Guards. in Video Tape at TV Centre, moving on to companionship of her two dogs. Special
joined the BBC whilst still a teenager, as a He spotted a loophole in the contract; no the BBC Outside Broadcast Unit at thoughts and much sympathy go to her
monitor of Italian broadcasts during the fees would be paid if the Band appeared Acton, London. family and to her close friend Phyllis. Sheila
Second World War. by command of the Queen. Negotiating Roy left the BBC in 1981 and joined will be greatly missed by all who were
Having British nationality but being deftly, Weeks persuaded the director of Visnews for a couple of years before fortunate to know her and now share a
completely fluent in Italian, she went on to music of the Brigade to seek the Queen’s rejoining the BBC to work on the Breakfast deep sense of loss.
work at the BBC Italian service shortly after approval. It came with a few hours to spare. Time, the UK’s first National breakfast show, Maureen A Stevens
the war ended. She originally started in quite The 1966 Final was clearly the most under the first Editor of the programme, Ron Formerly Head of Programme Correspondence
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