EASTENDERS fans have no doubt seen this on UNC-TV’s website but, just in case some missed it, here it is…
Due to circumstances beyond UNC-TV’s control, the episode of EASTENDERS that would have aired Sunday, July 12 at 11pm on UNC-TV (repeating 7/17 at 11pm on UNC-EX and 7/19 at 3am on UNC-TV) is unavailable.
The BBC was unable to clear certain music tracks contained within the episode or satisfactorily remove them. This left the BBC no choice but to pull the episode from distribution.
Regardless of the reason, we understand how frustrating an omission of this nature is to a series like EASTENDERS with its episodic storyline.
While nothing can take the place of seeing the episode for yourself, we offer the detailed synopsis below so that you can continue to view the ensuing episodes with some knowledge of what was missed. We apologize for the inconvenience.
NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD.
PLEASE DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE VIEWED THE TWO EASTENDERS EPISODES THAT AIRED JULY 5 AT 11PM ON UNC-TV (OR JULY 10 AT 11PM ON UNC-EX, OR JULY 12 AT 3AM ON UNC-TV).
This happy 2D figure is of course none other than Read-A-Roo, UNC-TV’s longtime children’s programming mascot. Now a fixture of Rootle, Read-A-Roo can be seen online, on telly and in person at community events (plus on the wall in our Kids & Education Department as seen below). If your kids don’t know Read-A-Roo, you’re not exposing them to the right kind of television!
This display was on a table in our lobby some months back. I think it’s been removed since I snapped the photo. Or changed out. But the sentiment remains: Become a member. UNC-TV is member-supported television. What we do is primarily due to the support of viewers like you. If these phrases and words seem cliche that doesn’t for a second make them any less true.
A while back, I spied these promotional buttons for our show NORTH CAROLINA BOOKWATCH in a colleague’s cubicle. Quotations from authors seem a very appropriate way to publicize a television series about books.
The picture this week is another dip into the photo archives and depicts the control room during a broadcast from a long, long time ago. I can’t say exactly where this was taken. Most probably, it was from the Swain Hall studios on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill (that’s were the station began as WUNC back in the 1950s). The setup and equipment shown were long gone by the time I came on board as a member of the student crew back in the [mumbles decade] so that makes me less certain. Still, Swain was our initial studio location and the photograph is from way back in those early days so it stands to reason.
One of the most identifying aspects of public broadcasting is the on-air fundraiser, often called a pledge drive. That’s the time when public broadcasters directly ask the viewers to support them financially. These fund drives are usually accompanied with special programming to engage viewer interest. And while it all may seem pretty straightforward from home (shows, talent, pitching, premiums, etc.), I guarantee you that there is so much work that goes on behind the scenes. Honestly, it seems there’s never enough time to accomplish all the things we’d like before we go live with our breaks. Fortunately, we’ve been doing it for a while now so we’ve got it all down to a science of sorts (although we do learn something new each time).
As such, here’s a quick glimpse at a white board in the pledge office. This is from a drive a few years back and what you see in the box is the talent for a programming line-up dubbed NC Night. You may recognize some of the names as UNC-TV personalities from our local original programming.
Step on up and spin the wheel! Go on, give it a spin. Round and round it goes and where it stops nobody knows. Could it be one of the four services of UNC-TV, North Carolina Public Media or the UNC-TV original special THE HOOK? Who can say? Fate deals the cards today.