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Waveguide has been providing television, radio, cable and satellite news since December 1 1985.

It started on Prestel's viewdata service as part of Viewfax 258 and in 1997 moved to the internet.  

The website is edited by John Cull, former contributor to the BBC's Airport series.

Content advisor is John Slade.

Waveguide is provided free and without the requirement to register. It is not produced for financial gain. We always try to remain impartial in our news reports.

We aim to feature news from all aspects of the broadcasting industry - television, radio, cable and satellite.

The website is updated on a daily basis and it is our aim to publish news as soon as it has been received and verified by Waveguide.

Produced at Kempton Park, Surrey.

Remember - Waveguide is not a television or radio station, we are an independent news publication. 

Here are some pages from the early days of Waveguide


Editorial - December 01 1985

Welcome to Waveguide. We hope you will tune in regularly for the latest news and gossip from the exciting world of broadcasting.

There is an interesting year ahead of us and we will do our best to keep you up front with the latest details. We expect the introduction of community radio in 1986 and a major change to the transmitting frequencies of ILR.

Satellite television could soon be available in all our homes and a number of cable services are waiting to come on line.

We would like to hear your views about broadcasting in the UK. So stay tuned.

John Cull

September 01 1990

According to John Anderson, of Technology Advisory Services who have just published a satellite television survey: "By 1992 there is virtually no doubt that Sky will make an annual profit and start cutting back on its operating and financial costs."

Anderson praises Sky's choice of PAL but says of British Satellite Broadcasting: "It will take a commercial miracle for BSB to survive."

He adds a warning to potential BSB customers: "We believe that BSB will be financially forced to cease its service during 1991."

September 14 1988

The chairman of Liquorice Allsorts manufacturer Bassetts, has written to the BBC to complain about the Kandy Man character currently appearing in Dr Who.

Chairman Bev Stokes is annoyed at the use of the character which he says looks like the Bassett's symbol Bertie, a familiar figure on sweet packets and in books and advertisements all over the world.

Stokes has written to Dr Who producer John Nathan-Turner saying he is worried children might mistake Bertie for an evil alien

June 20 1988

Leslie Grantham is to leave EastEnders despite his statement earlier this year that he would be staying with the series.

Grantham's decision not to renew his contract in August has come as a bitter blow to the BBC who made frantic bids to persuade him to stay.

Over the next few months, viewers will see the death of Lou Beale and Willmott-Brown will die in a fire at the Dagmar. Den is likely to be charged with starting the fire and be sent to prison.

January 20 1988

The indications are, that since the BBC has introduced the new 17:35 time-slot for Neighbours, the series has become an overnight success.

The soap, which is produced in Melbourne for the Ten Network, came from an idea by ex-Crossroads producer Reg Watson, who now lives in Australia.

The BBC claim that the audience figures now show that it has 13 million viewers and has knocked ITV's Blockbusters for six.

 

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