Communication project engineering covered a wide range of activities
including planning and procurement of:-
- Vision, Music, speech and data circuits from Public Telecom Operators.
- Radio link systems for contribution and distribution of radio and
- Mobile radio link vehicles for outside broadcasts.
- "Mast Head" receiving systems to receive contributions from outside
- Data systems (such as the Message Switching
System that was used for service messages, sports results etc.).
- Telephone systems (in the region of 20,000
phones on 80 interlinked PBX's by the 1980's - one of the largest systems
in the UK).
Most of this work was carried out by Communications
Department and Transmitter Capital Projects Department. These
departments were known by other names prior to the mid 1970's and they were
amalgamated to become part of BBC Transmission in the mid 1980's. As a
result this section of BBCeng is intended to cover the communications
project activities of several BBC Departments.
In 1995 a very large, complex and important communications project was
successfully completed: The Managed Broadcast Network.
David Russell was Manager, Broadcast Networks and he was responsible for
leading the project. Following the submission of a paper on the project, he
was presented with an award for engineering achievement by the Royal
Television Society. This paper, which was already in the public
domain, is now available on this web site following relevant advice from the
The BBC's New Television and Radio Network - The Managed Broadcast Network.
(It should be noted that this network was "new" 22 years before the
paper was published on bbceng.info in 2017. It operated very successfully
and evolved as requirements changed, but major changes have now taken place
and the paper does not describe the current