YSTV Studio

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The room occupied by YSTV has changed throughout the years. Everything on this page I've copied and pasted from the separate articles on the studio, because I thought they would make more sense in one place. Formatting errors may be abound and I'll take some time to make them fit together better.

Chemistry Studio

YSTV began life in the chemistry department. There doesn't seem to be much info about this on the wiki so far. I'll have to do some digging.


This was YSTV's second home after the initial broadcasts from the Chemistry department. Located in the single story Physics laboratory area, this was first set up as a Rediffusion studioUnverified or incomplete information, and connected to LTC directly by the University's CCTV system. It also acted as a switch point for cables coming in from all over the Physics department, intended to allow experiments to be broadcast live around campus.

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At an unknown point in the late 1970s or early 1980sUnverified or incomplete information YSTV's studio moved to P/X/002 in the Physics concourse underneath the teaching tower block. The move did not leave YSTV completely absent from P/S/016 however, as video and audio going to and from LTC still passed through the equipment racks located there. This continued to be the case after YSTV's move to G/046, and so a minor panic ensued when the room was re-used by the physics department as a computational physics laboratory in 1995??Unverified or incomplete information and the racks removed. YSTV's cables were moved into a vertical cabinet at the side of the room, where they ran unattended until 1999 when the network failed as the last drop of electrolyte evapourated from a 1960's capacitor and the power supply failed. A dash to the Physics stores for a replacement 25p component got the network running within hours.

Entombed in an unmarked cupboard they continued to operate until the next round of refurbishment in 2005, when the mains supply was lost. After a panic and much hunting (no-one had written down where the equipment was), they were found, rewired and replaced to keep YSTV broadcasting to campus.

Today (summer 2007), P/S/016 is used as a nuclear physics laboratory, and is very hard to gain access to due to hazardous stuff, and needing to time it with the lab operators. There is a plan in motion to make a hole in the wall above and to the right of the door (looking at it from the outside) to pull cables through to a box/rack mounted on the wall in the corridoor.


P/X/002 was the home of YSTV from some pointUnverified or incomplete information in the 1970s until June 1993. The room still exists and has since been renamed P/X/003.

In the workshop

It is located within the entrance area of P/X/001, and it now used as storage space. There is little if any evidence that YSTV was ever there from the current appearance of the room. The network broadcast and return feed cables still run through the loft space above the room, and it is used a distribution point to feed signal to TVs located on the Concourse area for Conferences and Freshers week.

When in operation as YSTV's colour studio (October 1986 onwards), the area was split into three rooms in a row. When entering the Station, the first room was used as a workshop and equipment store. This had a doorway which led to the Control Room, which then had another doorway through to the studio.

Prior to 1986, the first room acted as office, workshop and Control Room, and the studio space included what later became the Control Room.