FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: TC3
BBC One wakes up to Ceefax.
[00:00:00] TEST SIGNAL: BBC One warms up its transmitter network with the pulse and bar signal, accompanied by tone.
BBC One would’ve been radiating this signal for about 30 minutes or so.
[00:00:33] TELETEXT IN-VISION: at 8.55am, pulse and bar gives way to Pages from Ceefax and music.
If you can identify the Ceefax tape playing here, please drop us a line.
There’s quite a bit of picture/sound interference during this Ceefax transmission. This sometimes happened. Though we’re not sure what the cause was.
This off-air recording originates from Scotland. Is it possible that BBC Scotland was making some early morning adjustments? Seems unlikely that the interference would’ve originated in London. Or, was some fiddling going on at one of the main transmitter sites?
If you have any idea what the most likely cause of this picture disturbance was, please drop us a line.
[00:19:17] PROGRAMME MENU GRAPHIC: a menu graphic appears, listing out programmes for the morning and early afternoon on BBC One.
The announcer takes us through the programme list.
[00:20:18] IDENT: the standard BBC One symbol is used to link into All God’s Children.
PICTURED: BBC One programme menu graphic. COPYRIGHT: BBC.
No Test Card F on this particular day then?
Weekends were a little different in the late-1980s and early 90s. If there were no OU programmes, Pages from Ceefax would appear straight after pulse and bar.
There’s some info about the scheduling of Test Card F in part 3 of The History of the BBC Trade Test Transmission.
GLITS tone as well. This was several months before NICAM officially launched, but several of the major transmitters were still unofficially broadcasting in NICAM at this point.