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    Quote Originally Posted by ftlight View Post
    A final note on Big Ben - for the next few years you may as well just play a recording of the chimes, as that's what the BBC is doing while the clock tower is being restored, although this article suggests that the bells will still ring on special occasions:
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics...tenance-chimes
    Seems that for New Year the bells were rung by an electric motor.
    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/lond...-a4027226.html

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    An interesting thread which will no doubt be resurrected in late December
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    An interesting thread which will no doubt be resurrected in late December
    Since work on Tower is supposed to last 4 years - maybe even a few more times.

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    I thought I should follow up and report my experience, before it recedes so far in the past that I can't!

    I settled on Radio 6, even though I am a bit old for most of the music there. But it was lively, and I didn't feel like the offering (chamber music, I think) on 3. It cut away to Big Ben striking midnight without any introduction that I noticed, but then I might not have been at my most attentive. I did notice though, that there were no Westminster chimes preceding it, which made sense.

    I often forget that "Big Ben" is not the name of the clock or the tower. It is the name of the 13-ton bell that strikes the hour. And that's exactly what was promised: despite ongoing restoration, Big Ben would toll midnight. The other bells were supposed to remain silent, and they did.

    After that, I found the CBC's live feed on YouTube provided the perfect way to welcome the new year to North America, with countdowns for Newfoundland and Atlantic time. By the time midnight arrived at my location in Eastern time, I had already toasted the new year several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbH View Post
    I thought I should follow up and report my experience, before it recedes so far in the past that I can't!

    I settled on Radio 6, even though I am a bit old for most of the music there. But it was lively, and I didn't feel like the offering (chamber music, I think) on 3. It cut away to Big Ben striking midnight without any introduction that I noticed, but then I might not have been at my most attentive. I did notice though, that there were no Westminster chimes preceding it, which made sense.

    I often forget that "Big Ben" is not the name of the clock or the tower. It is the name of the 13-ton bell that strikes the hour. And that's exactly what was promised: despite ongoing restoration, Big Ben would toll midnight. The other bells were supposed to remain silent, and they did.

    After that, I found the CBC's live feed on YouTube provided the perfect way to welcome the new year to North America, with countdowns for Newfoundland and Atlantic time. By the time midnight arrived at my location in Eastern time, I had already toasted the new year several times.
    Point of order. It isnĺt Radio 6!
    It is branded 6 Music by the BBC presumably because it isnĺt broadcast via radio only via DAB and via Internet but I quite appreciate that you mist probably couldnĺt give two hoots about that particularly after a couple of your New Year drams!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbH View Post
    I thought I should follow up and report my experience, before it recedes so far in the past that I can't!
    Thanks for the update!

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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    Point of order. It isnĺt Radio 6!....
    Thanks for the correction! If I had actually looked at the BBC app, instead of going by what passes for my memory, I might have gotten it right. Being a survivor of a career in radio, that's the sort of distinction that matters to me.

    By the way, I should also qualify my earlier comments about the time errors in NPR New Year's broadcasts of years past. I implied that they might have been the result of carelessness, but that's probably not the case. More likely, each feed was subjected to multiple delays for content assessment. In other words, to make it possible to kill the feed in case someone uttered one of those words that must never be heard on the airwaves of the USA. Quite possibly, there was a delay on the feed from the remote site, and another one on the national feed from D.C.

    However, I did sometimes visualize an exasperated producer trying to cue the musicians to do the countdown and being ignored until they were good and ready. But I don't actually know if that ever happened. If I were inclined to bet, I'd probably be willing to put money behind it, though.

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