FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: Dave Baldwin
The 3pm BBC One junction.
[00:00:00] CLOCK: the link into The Queen. The annual Christmas message where HM The Queen speaks to the Commonwealth.
Curiously, no ‘CEEFAX 888’ on the clock here (as was the case in previous years), to indicate the availability of Ceefax subtitles.
The clock kit didn’t provide an ability to add ‘CEEFAX 888’ text. The network globe equipment did. And where a programme introduced by the clock carried Ceefax subtitles, the ‘CEEFAX 888’ was usually overlaid from the globe equipment, using a split-screen arrangement (network BBC One only).
As we understand it, the use of the split-screen method of overlaying the superior ‘BBC 1’ logo from the globe (and the accompanying ‘CEEFAX 888’ text where appropriate), was largely at the discretion of the announcer, who in those days also did much of the vision mixing between programmes.
To the best of our knowledge, Peter Brook – announcing here – generally did not use the split-screen technique for the logo on the clock during this OSP era.
PICTURED: BBC One clock. COPYRIGHT: BBC.