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BBC - Transcription Service - CN Discovery

BBC Transcription Services (before BBC Transcription Service (no "s"), later BBC Transcription and today BBC Radio International) discs were only made available to overseas radio stations for broadcast purposes and were not made available for sale to the general public. However, in the early 90s many international BBC libraries sold their stocks to the public. Limitation: "Typically BBC Transcription Services pressed 100 copies of each disc only with instructions to the overseas radio network to destroy the disc at the end of the licence period."

Note that the genre of shows available via this label is as wide as the main BBC labels available to view here.

Also, records have been issued home and abroad for many years (the oldest I have has a date of 1949 but they have been issued for much longer!) Unlike most catalogues of records, each side of the BBC Transcription disc has it's own catalogue number - side two normally is one number higher than side one!

singles catagory 7'' singles

CoverCatalogue numberTitleArtist(s)YearRatings
No coverCN 441Pop profileJohn Lennon19653
No coverCN 483Pop profileJudith Durham / Matt Monroe3
Picture of CN 2309 Programme trailers for "Does the team think?" by artist  from the BBC singles - Records and Tapes libraryCN 2309Programme trailers for "Does the team think?"19753
Picture of CN 550 0 Programme trailers for "Round the Horne" by artist Kenneth Horne from the BBC singles - Records and Tapes libraryCN 550 0Programme trailers for "Round the Horne"Kenneth Horne19683