The technical equipment in a radio station is often overlooked - except by engineers - unless it goes wrong. A major leap forward for BBC Radio Leicester was the upgrade to the Mark III configuration. It was a big change from the Mk 1 Peto-Scott desks which had served the station since 1967. It also heralded the gradual move from mono to stereo across the BBC Local Radio network.
In my opinion, Radio Leicester was lucky to have avoided the BBC Mark 2 desk which I operated occasionally at BBC Radio Bristol. I found the methods of selecting channels to groups (A-B,1-2) confusing. I never really worked out what 'clean feed' I was sending - or to whom!
Because the Mk III desks were designed by people who worked on BBC stations and knew what presenters and technical operators needed, and was built in the BBC's own Equipment Centre at Avenue House in Chiswick, it was a robust and easy-to-use desk which also had great flexibility of function.
I am not sure who took this image. It is of myself pretending I knew how to use the desk, and it is in the upgraded Studio 1 at Epic House, clearly sometime after we had begun logging broadcast music using barcode readers.