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Broadcasting History Collections

The Broadcasting History Collections focus on all aspects of broadcasting history in the United Kingdom from 1920s to the present day. They comprise:

BBC Radio 4 Analysis

The BBC Radio 4 Analysis collection comprises audio-tapes 1970-1994 and transcripts 1970-1990, held in the Library store. The collection is supported by a small grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board [AHRB].

Title BBC Radio 4 Analysis Collection
Dates 1970-1990
Technical Description Scotch 3M 7inch tapes
Zonal 675 10.5 inch tapes
TDK audio cassettes
Arrangement The transcripts and tapes are held in the Library Store. 
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Source of Acquisition Donated by the BBC Radio 4 Analysis Team
Language English
Archival History BBC Radio 4 Analysis is the flagship BBC Radio 4 documentary, broadcast from 1970. It is an historical record of the events of the past three decades as well as representing the changing style of radio documentary. BBC Radio 4 Analysis is currently broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The Radio 4 Analysis Archive came into being in April 1998. The transfer of the current Radio 4 Analysis office to BBC White City necessitated the relocation of some audio-tapes and transcripts. As a result all audio-tapes from 1970 to 1990 and all transcripts 1970-1982 were given to the university. Remaining transcripts (1982-1990) have been added to the collection from another source. The Radio 4 Analysis Archive was supported by a grant from the AHRB.

Bournemouth University and the BBC have an agreement to allow Bournemouth University to hold tapes and transcripts with the full knowledge and permission of the BBC. The agreement permits on site access to bona fide scholars. Bournemouth University's, Bournemouth University Research Collection (Bournemouth University 2003) gives guidance on the Acquisition, Collection Management and Access to the Bournemouth University Research Collection.

Bournemouth University. 2003. Bournemouth University Research Collection [online]. Bournemouth, Bournemouth University.
Available: Bournemouth University Resource Collection (PDF) (link to pdf: research-collection) [Accessed 10th March 2009]

Control number M0009486DO

Broadcasting Audience Research

The collection consists of data sets from the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board (BARB), Joint Industry Committee for Television Advertising Research (JICTAR), Radio Joint Audience Research Ltd. (RAJAR), and associated material dating from 1966-2001.

Title Broadcasting Audience Research Collection
Dates 1966-2001
Physical Description 38 boxes and 29 loose leaf folders
Arrangement The collection consists of four datasets. Weekly TV audience reports, Weekly TV ratings top 20 and area top 10, Trends in Television, and RAJAR, The Radio Audience. The datasets are catalogued individually.
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Contents and Scope BARB Weekly Audience Reports
Astra Satellite Panel Weekly TV Audience Report, Produced for BARB by AGB, 1993-2000
Multi Channel Home Weekly TV Audience Report, produced for BARB by AGB, 2001

Weekly Summaries
TVRatings Top 20 network television programmes, produced for JICTAR by TAM Jan. 1966 - Jul. 1968
TVRatings Top 20 network television programmes, produced for JICTAR by AGB Aug. 1968 - Aug. 1981
The National Ratings Top 10, produced for BARB by AGB Aug. 1981 - July 1982
The Week's Viewing in Summary, produced for BARB by AGB July 1982 - Sept 1991
This Week's Viewing in Summary, produced for BARB by AGB Sept 1991-Oct 1998

Monthly Summaries
Trends in Television AGB Aug. 1974 - Dec. 1990

RAJAR: The Radio Audience
Summaries: Quarter 1, 1998 to March 2001, December 2001 - June 2002
Quarterly and Twice Yearly Results: Quarter 2, 1992; Quarter 1, 1993 -December 2002

Language English
Control number M0009498DO

Channel Four Television - Press Information - 1990-2001

For researchers, Press Information is an invaluable source of information on 'hard to find' programmes and provides the most comprehensive overview of television output. Press information list weekly schedules with brief synopses, information on where programmes fit in the schedule and the contribution that they make to series or themed seasons. Where programmes are reviewed elsewhere, reviews are quoted together with relevant information on awards, background of presenters and production credits.

Name Channel 4 Television

Title

Press Information

Dates

1990-2001

Physical Description

57 boxes

Arrangement

Weekly issues by date

Access Restrictions

Archives & Special Collections

Contents and Scope

Press information list weekly schedules with brief synopses, information on where programmes fit in the schedule and the contribution that they make to series or themed seasons. Where programmes are reviewed elsewhere, reviews are quoted together with relevant information on awards, background of presenters and production credits.

Language

English

Control number

S0000198DO

History of Broadcasting

Collection of books, annuals and reviews for the period 1920-1980 and journals including Ariel 1936-1991, BBC Record 1961-1975, BBC Quarterly 1949-1954, The Listener 1930-1990 and The Radio Times (London Ed.) 1936-1987.

Name History of Broadcasting Collection
Dates 1920-1980
Physical Description 300 books and 5 journals
Arrangement The books in the collection are divided between the main library collections and the Archives & Special Collections. They are catalogued individually and appear on the Library Catalogue. The journals are catalogued individually and are shelved in Archives & Special collections.
Contents and Scope Collection of books, annuals and reviews for the period 1920-1980 and journals including Ariel 1936-1991, BBC Record 1961-1975, BBC Quarterly 1949-1954, The Listener 1930-1990 and The Radio Times (London Ed.) 1936-1987.
Language English
Control number M0009500DO

In Touch Collection

Collection of nearly 20 years worth of recordings and broadcast information for the IN TOUCH radio programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from c1969 to 1995. This unique programme provides a critical consumer evaluation of aids and services for people with a visual handicap. Bulk of the collection dates from the late 1970s and also includes copies of the IN TOUCH bulletin which from 1974 was produced quarterly with a summary of the broadcast information.

Name BBC Radio 4 In Touch Collection
Dates 1969-1995
Physical Description In Touch Bulletin (Quarterly Summary) 1975-1995 in 3 lever arch files
In Touch Fact Sheets (Weekly, Incomplete) 1993-1995 in 3 lever arch files
Programme Notes (1969-72, 1969-71, 1972-76) in 3 lever arch files
"Programme as Broadcast" documentation 1979-1994 in 4 lever arch files 46 sound tape reels (1969-71)
2 sound tape reels (misc)
490 TDK /SA audio cassettes (1973, 1980-1994)
Technical Description 1 EMI LP 5 inch tape
1 BASF 5 inch tape
Zonal 675 7 inch tapes
TDK /SA audio cassettes
Arrangement Held in the Library Store
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Source of Acquisition Donated by Thena Kendall, In Touch producer (1964-1994)
Language English
Archival History Collection of nearly 20 years worth of recordings of the IN TOUCH programme, broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Bulk of the collection dates from the late 1970s. Includes programme as broadcast documentation which includes information about content and contributors for the programmes.
Also includes copies of the IN TOUCH bulletin which from 1974 was produced quarterly with a summary of the broadcast information. In Touch is almost certainly the only programme of its kind in the world, providing a critical consumer evaluation of aids and services for people with a visual handicap. Most of production team had personal experience of serious visual problems.

Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Digitisation Project Archive

Digitised archive of local radio programmes from c1980-1990. The Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Scheme, organised by the Association of Independent Radio Contractors [AIRC], enabled independent radio stations to share features, drama and music. The scheme ended after the 1990 Broadcasting Acts relaxed the requirement for speech based broadcasting which it served. The collection, located in the Library Store, was digitised in a partnership with the British Library, National Sound Archive and Bournemouth University. The Collection is supported by a Resource Enhancement Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board [AHRB].

Name Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Digitisation Project Archive
Dates 1980-1990
Physical Description c.800 compact discs in 1 filing cabinet and 7 loose leaf folders
Arrangement The compact discs are filed by date. The folders contain copies of the covers of the cds and detail their contents. Held in the Library Store.
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Contents and Scope Digitised archive of local radio programmes from c1980-1990. The Independent Local Radio Programme Sharing Scheme, organised by the Association of Independent Radio Contractors [AIRC], enabled independent radio stations to share features, drama and music. The scheme ended after the 1990 Broadcasting Acts relaxed the requirement for speech based broadcasting which it served.
The participating stations were: Association of Independent Radio Contractors, Beacon Radio,
Breeze AM, BRMB Radio, Brunel Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], Capital Gold, Capital Radio, CBC [Cardiff Broadcasting Company], Centre Radio, Chiltern Radio, CN.FM, County Sound Radio, Devonair Radio, Downtown Radio, DR (Danmarks Radio), Essex Radio, Fox FM, Gold AM, Great North Radio, Gwent Broadcasting, GWR Radio, Hereward Radio, Horizon Radio, Invicta Radio, Invicta Supergold,
LBC [London Broadcasting Company], Leicester Sound,
London Greek Radio (LGR), Marcher Gold, Marcher Sound, Mercia Sound, Metro Radio, MFM, Moray Firth Radio, Network East Kent, Northants 96, Northdown Radio, NorthSide Sound, NorthSound Radio, Ocean Sound, Orchard FM, ORF - Osterreichischer Rundfunk,
Pennine Radio, Piccadilly Gold 1152, Piccadilly Key 103 FM, Piccadilly Radio, Plymouth Sound, Power FM, Radio 210, Radio Academy, Radio Aire, Radio Broadland, Radio City, Radio Clyde, Radio Forth, Radio France, Radio Hallam, Radio Mercury, Radio Orwell, Radio Tay,
Radio Tees, Radio Trent, Radio Victory, Radio WABC, Radio West, Radio Wyvern, Radiodiffusion Television Polonaise, Red Dragon Radio, Red Rose Radio, Rundfunk Der DDR, Saxon Radio, Severn Sound, SFB - Sender Freies Berlin, Signal Radio, Southern Sound Radio, Suffolk Group Radio, Sunrise Radio, Swansea Sound, TFM, The Light FM, Two Counties Radio [2CR],
Viking Radio, West Sound, Westwood One, Wiltshire Radio, XTRA AM
Source of Acquisition The collection was digitised in a partnership with the British Library, National Sound Archive and Bournemouth University. The Collection is supported by a Resource Enhancement Grant, from the Arts and Humanities Research Board [AHRB].
Language English
Control number M0009501DO

Independent Production Collection

Collection of material related to the introduction of Producer Choice into the BBC, Channel 4 and Flashback Production. The material is on permanent loan from Victoria Wegg-Prosser.

Name Independent Production Collection, collected and arranged by Victoria Wegg-Prosser
Dates 1935-1994
Physical Description 11 items
Access/Reproduction Restrictions Archives & Special Collections. For all unpublished material refer to Victoria Wegg-Prosser for copyright clearances.
Contents and Scope Britain in the Thirties -
Two arch lever files containing
File 1 Research notes and transcripts of tapes for Arsenal and The Garden Suburb
File 2 Material relating to the National Film Theatre season on Britain in the Thirties in 1974

Channel 4 -
one arch level file containing brochures, regulations and agreements

Futures -
One ring binder containing the following material: Futures Briefing Pack News and current affairs - an exercise in the introduction of Producer Choice into the BBC, March 1993 and Fast Forward Simulation - a preparation for the introduction of Producer Choice, Sept/Oct 1993

Flashback Production-
Box containing the following items:-
Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television. The legal aspects of production. 1993
Willis Faber & Dumas (UK) Limited. Channel 4 film and television production insurance scheme, summary of insurance coverage for "The March of Time" series 1984
Willis Wrightson London Limited. Channel 4 film and television production insurance scheme, summary of insurance coverage for "The March of Time" series v, vi, 1988
Willis Faber & Dumas (UK) Limited. Entertainment insurance for "The March of Time" series 1986
Channel Four Television. Production agreement for Happiest Days, 1986,1987
Production guide 84/85. London: Broadcast, 1984
Channel Four Television. Independent productions terms of trade. London: Channel Four Television, 1982
Channel Four Television. Independent productions terms of trade. London: Channel Four Television, 1984
Channel Four Television. Terms of trade. London: Channel Four Television, 1992
Royal London General. Commercial Insurance Policy for Flashback Productions Ltd., 1992-3
Channel Four Television. Information folder 1983-4
Sampson Curtis. Agreement between Sanderson Vere Crane (film editors) Limited and Flashback Productions Limited, dated 17th September 1990
The Business November 1984

Option agreement for the acquisition of rights in the work written by Lord Fenner Brockway entitled The Bermondsey Story, dated 9th December 1983
Broadcast 21 September 1984
Broadcast 2 November 1984
Broadcast 9 November 1984
Television 28 September 1984
Televisual November 1984

Independent Programme Listings -
one arch level file containing details of forthcoming Independent programmes interfiled with BBC World Service Television - Programme Schedule Europe, and hours of Independent Transmission 1993-1994

March of Time
One lever arch file containing:-
Agreement for March of Time series one18th September 1985
Agreement for March of Time series two18th July 1986
Transcripts of chosen takes:-
Provisional budget, 2nd draft 13.9.1984 and accompanying notes
Final programme budget 11.1.1985
Title list of March of Time films
Draft attempt to cross code the British and American editions
The March of Time - feasibility study for Channel Four
License Agreement, 1984
March of Time - errors and omissions liability insurance

Producer Choice -1 lever arch file containing material from August 1987 to October 1993

This Week and TV Eye -
1 lever arch file containing post production scripts, pre transmission scripts, and related material from the This Week and TV Eye television current affairs programmes.
1969-1980

Workers' Films of the Thirties -
2 arch level files containing original research and documentation relating to the programme Workers' Films of the Thirties, 1981-1991, the file includes some original documentation from the Film and Photo League. 1935-1939

Source of Acquisition Permanent loan from Victoria Wegg-Prosser
Language English
Control number M0009484DO

Independent Television Authority / Independent Broadcasting Authority (ITA/IBA) / Cable Authority Archive 1954-1990

Bournemouth University now holds the ITA/IBA Cable Authority archive, donated to the University by OFCOM. If you wish to consult the archive please contact Archives and Special Collections. Once accredited you will be sent a password to enable access to the archive catalogue. You will then need to select those boxes you wish to consult.

Viewing material is by prior arrangement only. Up to four boxes of material may be requested for retrieval from the off site store. Consultation will be in The Sir Michael Cobham Library. All researchers will be required to sign a disclaimer before viewing material.

Title ITA/IBA/Cable Authority archive
Dates 1954-1990
Physical Description 232m. of shelving
Arrangement The archive is arranged in boxes containing 21,632 files
Finding Aids The 21,632 files are numbered chronologically on a database. The database lists the contents down to file level, and is searchable by file title, regulator and record series. The files are matched to the number of the box they are in. Access to the archive database is via password.
Access/Reproduction Restrictions If you wish to consult the archive please contact Archives and Special Collections. Once accredited you will be sent a password to enable access to the archive catalogue. You will then need to select those boxes you wish to consult.
Viewing material is by prior arrangement only.  Up to four boxes of material may be requested for retrieval from the off site store.  Consultation will be in The Sir Michael Cobham Library. All researchers will be required to sign a disclaimer before viewing material.
Contents and Scope This is a large archive containing among other items Authority committee minutes and papers, Authority papers, Cable franchise applications, Director General's correspondence, Engineering Director's correspondence, Policy files, Programme contractor files, Programmes files, Radio Consultative Committee minutes and papers, Radio contract applications, Radio Director's correspondence, Research for reports, Television Director's correspondence
Source of Acquisition OFCOM
Administrative /biographical history The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) 1972-1990 was the successor to the Independent Television Authority (ITA) 1954-1972. The IBA together with the Cable Authority 1984-1990, became the Independent Television Commission (ITC) in 1990. In 2003 the ITC became part of OFCOM - the Office of Communications.
Language English
Archival History The archive remained in the custody of OFCOM until transfer to Bournemouth University in 2008.
Control number M0069052DO

London Broadcasting Company/Independent Radio News (LBC/IRN) Audio Archive

The London Broadcasting Company / Independent Radio News audio archive consists of 7,000 reel-to-reel tapes in a collection that runs from 1973 to the mid-1990s. It is the most important commercial radio archive in the UK and provides a unique audio history of the period.

This digitised collection focuses on the most noteworthy content - approximately 3,000 hours of recordings relating to news and current affairs. The digitised archive contains invaluable recordings of a wide range of broadcasts including coverage of the Falklands war, the miners' strike, Northern Ireland, the whole of the Thatcher period of government and recordings of the first hour of UK commercial radio including the first commercial radio news bulletin. Digitisation of this resource has been funded via the JISC Digitisation Programme.

Name This Week Collection
Dates 1956-1992
Physical Description 7 loose leaf folders of press cuttings
13 audio cassettes
c.165 DVD recordings
Technical Description TDK Audio cassettes
Fuji Digital Betacam
Sony U-Matic (3/4") video cassette
Digital Versatile Disc
Sony Betacam SP
JVC and Konica Video Home System cassettes
Arrangement The transcripts and audio tapes are held in the Library Store. The DVD recordings are shelved on the stacks in Archives & Special Collections. There is a searchable database of the contents at http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio.
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Source of Acquisition Largely donation from Patricia Holland
Language English
Archival history This Week was the first weekly current affairs series to be broadcast on the UK independent television network (ITV) and ran for 36 years from 1956-1992. Produced for ITV by Associated-Rediffusion (for part of the time just called Rediffusion) from 1956-1968, then by Thames Television from 1968-1992 it was a major contributor to UK television current affairs programming together with the likes of Panorama [BBC 1953-] and World in Action [Granada for ITV 1963-98]. http://tvtip.bufvc.ac.uk/thisweek/ [Accessed 24th February 2010]
The collection formed the basis of a research project carried out by Patricia Holland and Victoria Wegg-Prosser which resulted in the publication of the book The Angry Buzz (I.B. Tauris, 2006) and also a BUFVC database created with grant support from the ARHC. The material which was originally located in the Thames Television Library was later transferred to the University with the permission of FreemantleMedia, the subsequent owners of Thames Television.

This Week Collection

Collection of transcripts, broadcast information and recordings for this landmark UK current affairs series, for those years when it was aired (1956 - 1992). Transcripts and audio tapes are held in the Library store. The video recordings are shelved on the stacks in Archives & Special Collections. There is a searchable database of the contents at http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio which was created with grant support from the AHRC.

Name This Week Collection
Dates 1956-1992
Physical Description 7 loose leaf folders of press cuttings
13 audio cassettes
c.165 DVD recordings
Technical Description TDK Audio cassettes
Fuji Digital Betacam
Sony U-Matic (3/4") video cassette
Digital Versatile Disc
Sony Betacam SP
JVC and Konica Video Home System cassettes
Arrangement The transcripts and audio tapes are held in the Library Store. The DVD recordings are shelved on the stacks in Archives & Special Collections. There is a searchable database of the contents at http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio.
Access Restrictions Archives & Special Collections
Source of Acquisition Largely donation from Patricia Holland
Language English
Archival history This Week was the first weekly current affairs series to be broadcast on the UK independent television network (ITV) and ran for 36 years from 1956-1992. Produced for ITV by Associated-Rediffusion (for part of the time just called Rediffusion) from 1956-1968, then by Thames Television from 1968-1992 it was a major contributor to UK television current affairs programming together with the likes of Panorama [BBC 1953-] and World in Action [Granada for ITV 1963-98]. http://tvtip.bufvc.ac.uk/thisweek/ [Accessed 24th February 2010]
The collection formed the basis of a research project carried out by Patricia Holland and Victoria Wegg-Prosser which resulted in the publication of the book The Angry Buzz (I.B. Tauris, 2006) and also a BUFVC database created with grant support from the ARHC. The material which was originally located in the Thames Television Library was later transferred to the University with the permission of FreemantleMedia, the subsequent owners of Thames Television.

TV Times Project

TV Times from 1956-1985 on microfilm, located on the ground floor of The Sir Michael Cobham Library. The microfilm is the first output of an extensive project to create a digital copy of the TV Times and a database containing the Schedules from 1956-1985. The project is supported by a Resource Enhancement Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Board [AHRB].

Name TVTimes (London Edition)
Dates 1955 - 1985
Physical Description 94 positive microfilm reels 35 mm.

96 CDR's containing .pdf files, multi-page images, medium compression, approximately A4 pages, 300dpi, jpeg, produced on a Sunrise S2000 + microfilm scanner, PageGenie Enterprise (OCR & PDF conversion)

Arrangement Microfilm shelved in a filing cabinet on the Ground Floor in date order. CDR's Shelved in a filing cabinet in Archives & Special Collections in date order.
Access/Reproduction Restrictions The copyright for The TVTimes remains with IPC Media PLC. Bournemouth University is in the process of signing a licence with IPC Media for academic use rights. For guidance on the access see Research Collection (PDF 232kb)
Versions and Copies Print copy in British Library

94 positive and negative micro film masters located at the British Library.

96 CDR's containing .pdf files, multi-page images, located with Arts and Humanities Data Service, the Performing Arts Data Service, [AHDS-PADS].

c155 CDR's containing .tiff, single page per image, located with Arts and Humanities Data Service, the Performing Arts Data Service, [AHDS-PADS].

Source of Acquisition From the British Library
Language English
Control number M0009562DO