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27th May, 2016

Media Arts researchers revive vintage broadcasting techniques

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A team of television historians from Royal Holloway, travelled back in time last week as they brought a vintage BBC outside broadcast truck back to life in North Wales.

The team from the Department of Media Arts, along with broadcasting history enthusiast Steve Harris, reunited veteran cameramen, directors and engineers with North 3, a restored colour mobile control room, to recreate a 1970s sports television production.

It’s the first time that anyone has attempted to see the restored North 3 operational and staffed by its original crew. The vehicle, an analogue ancestor of today’s digital satellite outside broadcast trucks, is the only survivor of its type in working order.

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