Memoryshare stories from former BBC staff
Former BBC staff have been contributing their stories about BBC World Service. All of them reflect the practicalities of getting news out. Click through to discover them.
Ken Lansdowne worked at Brookmans Park during the Second World War. He discovered a device which would be used to jam transmissions in the event that the Germans captured a UK broadcasting station.
Derek Hartopp gives an account of aerial switching at the World Service's transmitting station, Daventry. This job ensured that the right signal went to the correct geographical region.
Phil Brooks was among the first contingent to arrive at the BBC's Atlantic relay station on Ascension Island. He and his colleagues wanted to listen to the broadcast of the 1966 World Cup.
John Marshall was on duty the day that the Russians invaded Czechoslovakia. In the evening he went to see the great Russian cellist Rostropovich perform music by the Czech composer Dvorak.
Harold Briley was the BBC's Latin American correspondent from 1979 to 1983. During that time, he was tear-gassed, detained and subject to death threats. He covered the invasion of the Falkland Islands.
Norman Shacklady reflects on the arrival of the British military on Ascension Island and the requisition of one of the BBC transmitters by the British government to broadcast in Spanish.
Roger Wilmut was the studio manager when Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister, took part in a phone-in for BBC World Service. As she tried to get in a last word, Roger had to switch her off.
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