Bill Ward

Forename/s: 
Bill
Family name: 
Ward
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Interview Number: 
396
Interview Date(s): 
21 Jan 1997
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Duration (mins): 
180
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Interview extract, on the early days at Alexandra Palace:-

You never went through a show in the studio without at least one camera breaking down. In Studio A you have four cameras and a producer planning his show would start with four and with a bit of luck end with four but in between all four cameras would break down and be repaired by the engineers. And the camera cables were the thickness of a man’s arm - at least. And they had connectors and they broke down - regularly.

    [One of] the early maintenance engineers who most of the time were repairing cables [was] Jimmy Redmond who later became the BBC’s chief engineer, Sir James no less - a lovely man - who, incidentally, was in the wartime film Western Approaches - the radio operator who is playing the radio operator in Western Approaches is Jimmy Redmond. 

 

Biographical

Married to producer Sandra Hastie