Well even today, surprisingly, they still produce them. With just a little searching I found this page for West & Central Africa. It now looks like they work it all out on a spreadsheet.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
I was always fascinated by the frequency charts that used to appear in London Calling, codifying and condensing all the shortwave and medium wave listening – VHF in Berlin, of course – to the BBC World Service. You can almost imagine someone having to draft them out on a sheet of graph paper. This one dates from July 1977.
Friday, 1 May 2015
Election debates. Leadership interviews. Question Time Special. Party Election Broadcasts. It won't have escaped your notice that (in the UK) there's a General Election happening next week.
The political spectrum is much more fragmented these days and the parties are undoubtedly planning for coalition deals and agreements - even if they publicly deny this.
Cast your mind back to the mid-80s, at the height of Thatcherite Britain, and it was still a two-party system. But thoughts of a possible coalition government were on the minds of the Liberals and the (now defunct) Social Democrats who had formed the SDP-Liberal Alliance.
These four interviews feature the main party leaders (for the majority of the decade). Three come from a series of conversations with Michael Charlton, best known for Panorama, that were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a time when the station still carried current affairs amongst the classical music and drama (see Six Continents).
From 10 December 1985 this is Labour leader Neil Kinnock:
From 3 December 1985 this is Liberal Party leader David Steel:
From 26 November 1985 this is SDP leader David Owen:
And finally from an edition of The World this Weekend on 31 May 1987 is PM Margaret Thatcher talking to Gordon Clough.