Radio Birmingham Newsroom – photo from Annie Gumbley

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The photo is of the Radio Birmingham Newsroom.  It probably dates from 1974, judging by the calendar, phones and the haircuts!  It includes: Peter Perks, Jim Rosenthal, Stuart Woodcock, Michael Woodhead and Bob Sinkinson.

Thanks to Annie Gumbley-Williams for making the photos available.

Birmingham producer/presenter Pete Simpkin adds the following comment:

“Fascinating picture because it shows just how similar Radio Newsrooms in those days were to newspaper office layouts………just phones and typewriters……….no sign of any technology……….any tape recorders and editing machines were hidden away behind pillars and in corners.
When the Newsroom moved upstairs under ten years later the whole design was more like what we now know as technology led with tape and recording facilities much more in evidence and visible…….there were cart machines in the duty editors workstation and there was even a dedicated broadcast studio in the newsroom.”

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  • It looks like the autumn of 1974 if the calendars on the wall are accurate

  • Fascinating picture because it shows just how similar Radio Newsrooms in those days were to newspaper office layouts………just phones and typewtiters……….no sign of any technology……….any tape recorders and editing machines were hidden away behind pillars and in corners.
    When the Newsroom moved upstairs under ten years later the whole design was more like what we now know as technology led with tape and recording facilities much more in evidence and visible…….there were cart machines in the duty editors workstation and there was even a dedicated broadcast studio in the newsroom.

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