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Letraset, cardboard and a blackboard easel: TV infographics 1980 style

Notebook: 9 October 2015 | INFOGRAPHICS In the summer of 1980 I had a holiday job at BBC TV Department of Current Affairs in Lime Grove, West London where I helped out on the programmes Nationwide and Panorama and some of the simple information graphics that I created for Nationwide are pictured above. They were all created with coloured paper, a scalpel and a few sheets of Letraset – this was the days before computer aided design, and the introduction of Quantel Paintbox, which revolutionised the production of television graphics, was still a year away. Nationwide was a popular news and current affairs programme – same sort of format as the BBC Breakfast show of today, but it was broadcast between 6 and 7pm each weekday evening, running from 1969-1983. It was presented by Sue Lawley, Sue Cook, Hugh Scully and the infamous Frank Bough, amongst others. The Nationwide editorial department was a large open-plan office above the TV studio a couple of floors down. Along one side of the office was a hatch and counter which opened on to …