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This cutting is from the Wolverhampton Express and Star, May 14th 1962.
The article heralds the arrival of BBC Pebble Mill, ‘the only comprehensive broadcasting centre for television and sound that is being designed anywhere in the world’.
The building, designed by John Madin, is planned to open in 1965! In fact, Pebble Mill did not open until 1971!
New programmes are also revealed in the article, including a 20 minute local news programme to go out week nights at 6pm, as well as a six part drama-doc about smuggling, entitled The Net. The Archers was coming up for its 3,000th episode – and it is still going strong now!
The following comments were left on the Pebble Mill Facebook group:
Pete Simpkin: ‘Fascinating cutting! Incidentally at the end of the article there is mention of the 40th anniversary of the BBC in B’ham. For the 60th in 1982 Barry Lankester presented a detailed four part history of the BBC in the Midlands with many clips some of which had not been heard for thirty or forty years.’
Stuart Gandy: ‘Interesting too how it talks about the value of bringing departments together under one roof. The exact opposite of what happened when we moved to Mailbox.’