Conference & Office Technical Facilities

Aka Monitor Maintenance,

Monitor & Office Facilities


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From the original Television Centre conception in the late 1950’s it was realised that display monitors were not particularly reliable and whilst first line maintenance of studio stock would be carried out by the Engineers in each studio there needed to be an area where larger jobs, like CRT changes, could be carried out. Therefore Monitor Maintenance was created in Room 2115 which was one floor above the studio galleries. Monitors in those days were monochrome only but still significantly heavy and bulky and so there was a lift from the floor below to the shared room containing the Vision Maintenance and Monitor Maintenance areas.

Such was the large number required in the studios and to keep costs down of course there was a large range of types of monitors used to carry out a variety of jobs from Grade 1 picture perfect devices to small, low resolution monitors that merely needed display the rough movement of what was being shown. Monitors were also provided in a few public areas and the offices of certain managers and so a switchable selector system was installed fed from the Central Apparatus Room.

1968 Onwards

The introduction colour and the raising of line resolution from 405 to 625 lines in the UK not only required significant investment in cameras but also in monitors. Some of these were significantly expensive because they were required to display minute faults in the cameras both in the registration of their scans and in their colourimetry. The Engineers constantly wrestled with the early cameras to combat significant drift over a period of just a few hours (and actually their orientation, whilst being moved around on set, due to pull by the earth’s magnetic field). Others only needed to be good enough for artistic assessments to be made.

Television was becoming popular and an extra TV channel was launched; the number of transmission hours also increased. This meant that the TV Centre sausage factory involved far more people in programme making. Of course many of these needed to see and hear what was going on. Managers in certain departments demanded feeds of programme material but the cost of displays and infrastructure would be huge. Seeing TV receiver manufacturers compete to supply reasonable quality TV sets for a reasonable price a solution to the conundrum was clear. It was decided to install a modest internal “ring main” carrying feeds from the studios or off-air TV material. It wasn’t long before this had to be extended. And extended again. This in itself required maintenance and a steady expansion of it’s geography and numbers of channels carried.




Originally formed as Monitor Maintenance in Room 2115 TVC

    Keith Sillience

    Ron Spedding



At some point moved to Room 2050

    Jim Neale



    Bob Hawes

    Wynn Britten-Jones

    Noel Liyanage

    Gareth Foster

    Dave Elvin

    Matt Goodman


At some point moved to East Tower


At some point moved to Spur