Rediffusion In County Durham

I live just a few miles from where the Rediffusion factory used to be. Now sadly a Tesco superstore and retail park occupy the location.

The following photographs and accompanying text show the production of the Mark 3 receiver at the St Helens plant. Production started in February of 1977 and the following details the various activities associated with the manufacture including, cabinet manufacture, goods-inwards, inspection, coil winding, stores, boxing, chassis assembly and test, final test, soak customer acceptance and despatch. P.C.B. assembly and tests ( done at the Billingham plant).

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Ian milburn
Ian milburn
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4 years ago

Hi all can anyone Remember doing a sponsored walk up in Teasdale sometime in the 80s

Cheers Ian

Jane Muskett
Jane Muskett
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2 years ago

With Syd Beddow near the old Rediffusion site reminiscing over old times when he used to work there. Syd is now 93 and I am his daughter.

Derek Abbott
Derek Abbott
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Reply to  Jane Muskett
2 years ago

Hello Jane – I worked for Rediffusion Consumer Electronics in Design Engineering during the 70/80s and had great respect for Syd’s friendly, meticulous and highly efficient approach to Material Control. Please pass on my best regards. I remember giving his daughter a lift down to London on one occasion – was this you or a sister?

AncientEngineer
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2 years ago

This brings back a host of memories. Although this particular edition of our in-house magazine was after I left Rediffusion, in 1977 I was then working for Top Rank TV. We had a reciprocal engineering arrangement with Rediffusion, so I still got to see a lot of RVS kit, both wired receivers, Aerial receivers & wired head -end equipment. I even got to make use of the facilities at Rediffusion Research, Coombe Lane, New Malden. That was an amazing place, almost like Bletchley Park!

I may have some more of these magazines around, although I can’t locate them at present.

Bob Glen
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1 year ago

I came to live in Bishop Auckland in 1972 and immediately got a job at the rediffusion plant at St Helens.
I was working in assembly until I left in 1974, these were 2 brilliant years and I worked with some amazing people.
Does anyone remember Supervisors Bob Hardy and Don Wallace, other names I remember we’re Keith Oldfield, Alan Littllefair, Rob Waites, Davey Johnson,Peter McDonald. My name is Bob Glen affectionately know as Scouse.
Happy days.

Othmar W.
Othmar W.
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1 month ago

@Bob Glen
(I had wanted to post these lines for more than a year, don’t know what held me up)

I came to Bishop Auckland in October ’73, and within a week I had a job at Rediffusion at St. Helen’s.

My boss was Syd Lennon (production engineering office) and Bill Hind (work services department). I was employed until the end of ’79. My best employment ever what I can’t say about Germany, my home country. Yes, I am German. But I had the happiest time of my life in Co. Durham, and I really never wanted to return home. It was my aunt in Oregon whom I could make responsible. Anyway, now I am here again in my home country.

I haven’t been back to Bishop for a long time, and I understand that the town has changed quite a bit since. Most of my work mates and colleagues are not under the living anymore.

The last two to three years I had worked in the model shop for the electronics laboratory with Don Guest, Jim Caig and Wilf Tulip. There I could live out my true mission as a toolmaker.

The view names I remember are Alan Breeze, George Blood, Doug French, Kevin Smith, the Scotsman George Miller (with him I had worked at “station works coil winding” near cockton hill), Benny Roust, Bob Waller (supervisor at the stores and a nice guy, and Tom Kestle, a bit of a rigid type), Ron Hamilton (the Scotsman) and of course the other members of the management, the top supervisor Joyce Skelton and a view other supervisors among Dorothy and Brendy (quality control), not to forget Bill Robson (at the time an elderly work mate of mine), and some beautiful girls on the lines. I remember even more names of folks whom I cherish all till the present day, but it would, I guess, be an overkill.

P.S. I think I also still have at least one Rediffusion magazine

Othmar W. Junetz

Kevin
Kevin
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1 year ago

I have one or two of these magazines, they are probably around the early 80s. I know the one focuses on the introduction of System 8 in Guildford. I started to work for the Cable TV side of the business in 1987, by that time it was owned by Robert Maxwell.

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