Sunday, 24 July 2011

In Passing

BBC runs Washington Monument ploy, return of the overnight test card?

The BBC is planning to cut costs by broadcasting more repeats, possibly scrapping Formula 1 and bringing back the test card overnight

Bosses will meet the corporation’s governing body today to explain how to save £1.3billion over four years.
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The cutbacks, drawn up after a six-year licence fee freeze, are likely to see BBC1 and BBC2 cease broadcasting at 1am.  This has led to suggestions that it could see the return of the test card which for years was used when the BBC was off air.
From the Daily Mail (whose online image of test card F shows only the middle third)

Unnecessary in this era of automated broadcast operations, and probably yielding minimal actual savings (assuming they plan to keep their transmitters operating overnight, as they did in the past).  But producing maximum complaints, which was the idea all along, wunnit?

Elsewhere:
The Telegraph: BBC cuts ‘could see return of the test card’
(Their picture shows the original 4:3 test card, stretched to HD aspect ratio. Hey guys, the image in the center should be circular.)

Related:
about.com: Washington Monument ploy
BBC Test Card Gallery at meldrum.co.uk
I’ve done a bit about test cards here.

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