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Big Telly is the a nick-name given to the large 40" projection television that YSTV bought from the physics department in the academic year 1998/99. The picture it produces was never great but until the advent of regular chroma key it was the only way of generating a large screen image in the studio. It was however very difficult to get into the studio due to its size - usually it was rolled down through the fire escape over an old set board from Election 98! It was used on programmes such as Games Disaster, Lolita, Red Braces, YSTV-am and Bulletin.
It's final appearance on screen was in Elections 2003, after which the new Panasonic Max was used for the purpose. These days it is usually left outside Derwent JCR for the queues on election night to watch the show, and Goodricke JCRC borrow it for their karaoke nights in Goodricke bar (and then forget to bring it back).
The idea of a monitor on set is not dead - a more manageably sized 20" TFT On-set monitor was bought for the purpose in February 2007.
The 2007 on set monitor wasn't used atall in the 2009/2010 year, or the 2010/2011 year! As such, it is now consigned to monitoring the web stream encoders, lest they crash, mid broadcast... Now (2010/2011), a wheeled 50inch plasma screen is used in the studio for studio preview/onscreen monitor work. A word of warning though: it's bright enough to change the colours of a white set!