As explained in Part 2, my return to TVC as a freelance Engineer first occurred in April 2010 when I turned up as part of the team to rig the huge show in TC1 for the General Election programme in May. We started from this:
Progressed to this:
And went back to this – all in a few weeks:
You can see the full set of pictures I made during the rig here:
Almost a year on, and I got another call – would I like to go back to help out with the much smaller Local Election show in May 2011? Well I’d had fun the year before, so why not? Here is a mugshot close to transmission of most of the tech rigging team involved (plus a couple of other faces you may recognise):
Sure enough, another 12 months flew by and before I knew it I was back a third time for the Vote 2012 show, again from News studio N9 rather than the cavernous TC1:
I got roped in to be official photographer for the whole production and technical team this time!
I also had time during transmission to take a walkabout and make some more behind-the-scenes shots:
I spent June, July and August of 2012 working at New Broadcasting House with some old friends – helping with the studio acceptance testing for BBC News’ move to their new home in W1. Then I went to Japan for nearly a month to recover! But by October 2012 I’d been asked back for what I thought was the final time at TVC to help out with the US Election Special in early November. There was no studio in London this time – it was in the US. But there were still plenty of technical backup areas which needed rigging.
It was rather sad to see parts of TVC already being decommissioned – including some of the bits we were trying to use! Still, the programme got made and I took a wander during TX to record the event:
So, on 9th November 2012, I left TVC for what I thought would be the last time. Remember that old adage? – Never Say Never
But that story is for Part 4…