Transdiffusion Broadcasting System

Transdiffusion Broadcasting System The independent broadcasting authority since 1964. We present a huge collection of television and radio archives, articles and websites every single day.
The not-for-profit broadcasting history website and community, with articles and features on the presentation of television and radio throughout their history

Transdiffusion developed in 1964 from a school-based tape-recording club known as the Transdiffusion Networking Association (TNA). Founded by Kif Bowden-Smith and based in the Wirral, its members communicated by sending letters to each other on reel-to-reel tape. In 1966, Transdiffusion began the National Radiotape Network, which provided private subscribers and hospital radio stations with regular 'Radiotapes' of general entertainment programmes created by the contributor members, who had developed individual brand names for themselves. These programmes were then edited together centrally for redistribution. As time progressed, Transdiffusion split NRN into two services, the General Network providing drama, comedy and light entertainment, and the Music Network, which provided a melody-based format. In 1972, Transdiffusion merged with Electromusications, another school-based tape recording network, running in the English midlands. Over 20 years, Transdiffusion, with Electromusications, built up a large collection of music, jingles and TV and radio presentation material. As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s, the fashion for circulating tapes diminished, and the National Radiotape Network closed. Transdiffusion was left with its own archives, together with the archives of its defunct contributing member organisations, and the archives of the Round the Horne Appreciation Society. The organisation was largely dormant from the mid-1980s until 1998, when it was relaunched as a result of the growth of the internet as a new organisation unrelated (except for the founder, Kif Bowden-Smith) to the original Transdiffusion. Run on a not-for-profit basis and staffed by volunteers, Transdiffusion is dedicated to using modern methods of communication to educate and inform on broadcasting history. We do this by making available Transdiffusion's broadcasting archive for research and educational purposes.

Mission: Transdiffusion is dedicated to using modern methods of communication to educate and inform on broadcasting history. We do this by making available Transdiffusion's broadcasting archive for research and educational purposes.

Charles Foster takes Granada off to bed for the night with a serenade from Keith Mansfield's New Granada Theme in the mi...
03/05/2020
Granada closedown with Charles Foster

Charles Foster takes Granada off to bed for the night with a serenade from Keith Mansfield's New Granada Theme in the mid-1980s.

Charles Foster takes Granada off to bed for the night with a serenade from Keith Mansfield's New Granada Theme in the mid-1980s.

BBC-1 comes on air in 1965 for the London, Midlands, West and North regions with its lunchtime programme in Welsh for th...
03/05/2020
BBC-1 start-up "Blu Part Invention" by Freddie Phillips | 1965

BBC-1 comes on air in 1965 for the London, Midlands, West and North regions with its lunchtime programme in Welsh for the diaspora, using "Blu Part Invention" by Freddie Phillips.

BBC-1 comes on air in 1965 for the London, Midlands, West and North regions with its lunchtime programme in Welsh for the diaspora, using "Blu Part Invention" by Freddie Phillips.

The big ITV relaunch in 1989 in the face of the forthcoming Broadcasting Act brings us this long theme in the clear.
03/05/2020
ITV 1989 theme

The big ITV relaunch in 1989 in the face of the forthcoming Broadcasting Act brings us this long theme in the clear.

The big ITV relaunch in 1989 in the face of the forthcoming Broadcasting Act brings us this long theme in the clear.

TV-am's 'Daybreak' theme by Lord David Dundas, used as start-up music from day two of the TV-am service in 1983.
03/05/2020
Daybreak (long)

TV-am's 'Daybreak' theme by Lord David Dundas, used as start-up music from day two of the TV-am service in 1983.

TV-am's 'Daybreak' theme by Lord David Dundas, used as start-up music from day two of the TV-am service in 1983.

ATV in Birmingham starts the day with the "Sir Lew Grade March", then Trevor Lucas takes us into 'Yoga for Health' with ...
03/05/2020
ATV starts the day in 1972

ATV in Birmingham starts the day with the "Sir Lew Grade March", then Trevor Lucas takes us into 'Yoga for Health' with Richard Hittleman. [Zoom 2 shouldn't even be there, as 'Yoga for Health' wasn't an ATV production. But they didn't let that stand in their way, so we'll just shrug and move on, shall we?]

ATV in Birmingham starts the day with the "Sir Lew Grade March", then Trevor Lucas takes us into 'Yoga for Health' with Richard Hittleman.

Ivor Roberts wakes TWW for the day in 1965 for a Welsh-language schools programme. The start-up music is South Wales and...
03/05/2020
South Wales and the West Television March

Ivor Roberts wakes TWW for the day in 1965 for a Welsh-language schools programme. The start-up music is South Wales and the West Television March (aka South Seas March) by Eric Coates; the countdown music is Finale to a Dance Suite by Thomas Arne; the title music for Afon Dyfrdwy is Bird Brain by Reg Tilsley, arranged by Johnnie Gray.

Ivor Roberts wakes TWW for the day in 1965 for a Welsh-language schools programme. The start-up music is South Wales and the West Television March (aka South Seas March) by Eric Coates; the countdown

Some of Sir James Handels-Water's music, Dick Graham, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Good morning from Anglia!
03/05/2020
Anglia daily opening, late 1960s, with Dick Graham

Some of Sir James Handels-Water's music, Dick Graham, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Good morning from Anglia!

Dick Graham opens Anglia for the day with Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs in the late 1960s.

Associated-Rediffusion's daytime start-up music from 1955 - there were three daily starts-up each day for the morning, a...
03/05/2020
Blythe Spirit (A-R afternoon opening)

Associated-Rediffusion's daytime start-up music from 1955 - there were three daily starts-up each day for the morning, afternoon and evening programme sequences at first.

Associated-Rediffusion's daytime start-up music from 1955 - there were three daily start-up each day for the morning, afternoon and evening programme sequences until ITV's poor financial health reduce

We're heading to the south west of England now, to spend time with Roger Shaw and 'Westward Ho!' in 1968.
03/05/2020
Westward Ho!

We're heading to the south west of England now, to spend time with Roger Shaw and 'Westward Ho!' in 1968.

Westward starts the day in 1968 with Roger Shaw.

Redvers Kyle opens Yorkshire Television for the day to the strains of Christopher Gunning's 'New Yorkshire Theme' in the...
03/05/2020
Yorkshire Theme

Redvers Kyle opens Yorkshire Television for the day to the strains of Christopher Gunning's 'New Yorkshire Theme' in the early 1980s. Lovely!

Redvers Kyle opens Yorkshire Television for the day to the strains of Christopher Gunning's 'Yorkshire Theme' in the early 1980s.

Border Television starts the day on a Sunday morning with a dreary opening tune, a long authority announcement and a ter...
03/05/2020
Border Television starts the day one Sunday in the late 1960s

Border Television starts the day on a Sunday morning with a dreary opening tune, a long authority announcement and a terrible ident. [Sorry, that's just how it is].

Border Television starts the day on a Sunday morning with a dreary opening tune, a long authority announcement and a terrible ident.

26/04/2020
[Recreation] Independent Television Emergency National Service 1968

ALL IRREGULARITIES WILL BE HANDLED… oh, wait, no, ALL COMMERCIALS ARE BEING TRANSMITTED ON THE NATIONAL NETWORK, because the ITV staff have walked out. But management are keeping things going from Foley Street in London in 1968.

More info: https://www.transdiffusion.org/2015/09/07/strike

More information: http://tbs.pm/1734 Notional Date August 1968 Announcer Sheila Kennedy Here Comes The Band aka Toronto City (Farnon) used 1968

How are we all doing? Hanging in there? In a further attempt to keep us all sane while we’re in #lockdown, here’s anothe...
25/04/2020
www.transdiffusion.org

How are we all doing? Hanging in there? In a further attempt to keep us all sane while we’re in #lockdown, here’s another 6-pack of great and/or popular (we’re not saying which is which) Transdiffusion articles you might enjoy. Stay home, protect our health workers and stay safe.

We've had this extremely sexy slide, from the marvellous Al Dupres, sitting on the stocks for *ages*, looking for an exc...
22/04/2020

We've had this extremely sexy slide, from the marvellous Al Dupres, sitting on the stocks for *ages*, looking for an excuse to publish it. So, erm, hey, anybody doing the new BBC schools programmes with their kids?

In memory of Ronan O'Rahilly, listen to this specially-produced 7" single issued in 1968 - a rousing vision of the futur...
22/04/2020
Radio Caroline Raises the Battle Flag

In memory of Ronan O'Rahilly, listen to this specially-produced 7" single issued in 1968 - a rousing vision of the future as Radio Caroline announces its intent to stay on air and eventually triumph.

From a specially-produced 7" single issued in 1968 comes this rousing vision of the future as Radio Caroline announces its intent to stay on air and eventually triumph.

Ronan O’Rahilly recently died at 79. In tribute, here’s our Radio Caroline microsite…
22/04/2020
Radio Caroline

Ronan O’Rahilly recently died at 79. In tribute, here’s our Radio Caroline microsite…

An introduction to Radio Caroline

The television pictures in the 1960s may have been in black and white, but our reel-to-reel tape boxes weren’t!
21/04/2020

The television pictures in the 1960s may have been in black and white, but our reel-to-reel tape boxes weren’t!

Founder of Radio Caroline dies aged 79
20/04/2020
Founder of Radio Caroline dies aged 79

Founder of Radio Caroline dies aged 79

The station, based off the Essex coast, was founded in 1964 and launched careers of many well-known DJs.

Capital sounds go round and round London town in 1974.
19/04/2020
Capital Radio Theme 1974

Capital sounds go round and round London town in 1974.

From 1974 comes the Capital Radio Theme with Blue Mink providing the singing and David Dundas providing the music with the help of the London Symphony Orchestra on their day off.

News from LBC in 1975.
19/04/2020
LBC Theme 1975

News from LBC in 1975.

From 1975 comes LBC's second identity package. Here's the main LBC Theme in the clear.

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