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Scrapbook for 1924

How the Big Ben chimes were first recorded for broadcast by the BBC.

CHANNEL | National Programme

RECORDED | circa May 1936

DURATION | 41 seconds

RECORDED

1936

Synopsis

On New Year's Eve, 1923, BBC engineer AG Dryland climbed onto a roof opposite the Houses of Parliament with a microphone to record the chimes of Big Ben. The sound he captured has been broadcast on BBC radio ever since. This is an extract from the 'Scrapbook for 1924' radio programme.

Did you know?

In 1967, the head of the Home Service, Gerard Mansell, proposed that Big Ben be dropped from the start of the 'Ten O'Clock News' when the channel was reformed as Radio 4. However, this was at the time when 'ITV News at Ten' had started to use the bongs and the idea was immediately rejected by producers.

Contributors

AG Dryland
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