News Library – photos by Philip Morgan

Library stacks

News library betas

Photos by Philip Morgan, no reproduction without permission.

These photos were taken in November 2004, when Pebble Mill had been emptied and the fixtures and fittings were auctioned off, before the demolition in 2005.

The photos are of the Midlands Today film library, where beta insert tapes were stored for possible re-use.  The library stacks were used for longer term storage.

Julie Hall, Midlands Today – photo by Peter Poole

Julie Hall
Photo by Peter Poole, no reproduction without permission.

Julie was a presenter and journalist working for Midlands Today. I don’t know when the photo was taken. Anyone remember her?

Peter Poole

Pre-Pebble Mill buildings – Broad Street – Dave Kirkwood

BBC Broad Street. This building stood near the canal next door to Gas Street on the Mailbox side of the road. The ground floor was used by a variety of retail outlets. There was one unit on the ground floor, which was used as a BBC Club Bar. TV switching was at the back on the Ground Floor, but unseen from the road. Upstairs on floor one you found the sound control room, telecine, film editing and sound recording suites. In 1965, when I first arrived, there was also a tiny TV studio from which ‘Midlands Today’ was broadcast, but this was soon replaced by a modern studio on the first floor, which also handled other programmes such as ‘Farming’ and programmes for the immigrant community. (Not PC today I know, but that was how they were known then). Also on this floor was the film processing lab, a radio drama studio (for ‘The Archers’) and production offices for ‘Midlands Today’.

Dave Kirkwood

Gail Herbert adds the following comment: I thought the building had been knocked down and the Hyatt built in its place. There is a plaque I believe on the Hyatt Broad Street side saying this.  The staff used to use the Crown as the unofficial club.

Studio B stripped down – photos by Philip Morgan

Photos by Philip Morgan, no reproduction without permission.

These photos were taken by Philip Morgan in November 2004, on the viewing days before the auction of Pebble Mill equipment, after the building was decommissioned, but before demolition.

The photos are of Studio B, which was the Midlands Today Studio, on the first floor, overlooking the courtyard.

Midlands Today colleagues – photo from Laura McNeill

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The photo of Midlands Today colleagues includes (left to right): Mary Sanchez (floor manager), Lindsay Doyle (Arts Reporter, Midlands Today), Laura McNeill (sound).

It was taken at the launch event of Laura’s sound company, after she left BBC Birmingham