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Engineering Announcements for the Radio and Television Trade
Format News magazine with television and radio technology-related information
Created by ITA (1970-1972), IBA (1972-1990)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Production
Running time 15-20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV (1970-1983), Channel 4 (1983-1990)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original run 1970 – 1990

Engineering Announcements for the Radio and Television Trade, sometimes abbreviated to Engineering Announcements, was a weekly magazine of news and information intended for technicians and salespeople, produced and transmitted by the Independent Television Authority (and later the Independent Broadcasting Authority) from 23 November 1970 until 31 July 1990. It covered technical advances in the industry such as the launch of satellite television and NICAM stereo, along with details of new transmitters and the scheduling of transmitter downtime.

Engineering Announcements, and the BBC's similar Service Information, are examples of regularly scheduled "ghost programmes," so called because they were never advertised in on-air schedules, in newspaper TV listings, the TV Times or on teletext.

Scheduling

Engineering Announcements was originally scheduled directly after Monday's Newcomers, another example of a ghost programme which offered the advertising trade the opportunity to watch first runs of new adverts before they aired in prime time on ITV.

In September 1972, Engineering Announcements moved to 9:10am on Tuesdays, where it remained until 1983. The launch of TV-am meant that the ITV network would no longer be available to show Engineering Announcements at the old time, however Channel 4, still in its infancy, generally didn't start broadcasting until the early evenings. The programme was transferred to Channel 4 and screened at the fixed time of 0915 each Tuesday, with a repeat at 1215 the same day. However, as Channel 4 gradually lengthened its broadcasting hours throughout the 1980s, Engineering Announcements was forced into increasingly earlier time slots, losing first the 1215 repeat when it took over ITV's programmes for schools and colleges in 1987. With the launch of Channel 4's own breakfast television service in 1989, Engineering Announcements was moved to 5:45am each Tuesday, where it could be recorded by engineers for later viewing.

Engineering Announcements broadcast for the final time on 31 July 1990 with a retrospective programme.

During the Industrial Dispute of 1979, Engineering Announcements was the only programme airing on ITV.

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