make shift studio was The Arcon Studio, a converted PMG Fibro
Storage Shed. This facility was used until the new studio building
was completed. Direction to the Studio was shown on a sign
A 1957 photos
of the Front
of the Arcon building as well as a Side
view of the Arcon building as it was surrounded by construction.
Arcon Studio, its Production Control Room where in the Left
Hand View the Producer and Sound Operator sat, and in the Right
Hand View again where the producer sat and where the TP/CCU
Operator worked. The overlapping pictures clearly indicate how small
the room was and the temporary nature of the facility.
An original blue-print drawing of
the Arcon Studio set plan for the production of "Sub-Editors
Room" is shown. This programme was scheduled for transmission
on Tuesday 18-12-56 at 8:30pm to 9:00pm. This programme was produced
by Leslie Rees with designer Denis Grafton. The plan was drawn by
Robert L Allnut who later became a producer.
A set plan for the production "Rope"
is also shown. This programme was produced by Will Sterling with
Designer Philip Hickie. It was scheduled for transmission on 21-8-57
at 8.30pm. Note how the small studio space was set to allow multiple
scenes. Undoubtedly the grand piano had to be moved to shoot the
two elevations depicted but the set extension to the window background
and the adjacent cocktail cabinet and drape conjours another camera
Another set plan for Sunday
Programmes designed by Philip Hickey with Royston Morley as
producer. In this case three sets in the studio for different broadcast
times on Sunday 20-10-57. Last minute scene changes are shown on
plan for 16-12-57.
John Pickup (Floor Manager) recalls
a typical night of the Presentation
activities in the Arcon in 1956.
The range of programmes produced
in the Arcon can be seen in the Floor
Manager Rosters as archived by Ken North (Trainee Floor Manager).
They also show how the rehersals (Dry Runs) of programmes were done
in the Radio Studios eg Studios 217, 228 etc
(Click images to enlarge)