Timeline of the BBC The birth of British broadcasting, to Britain's first live public broadcast from the Marconi factory in Chelmsford took place in June The Melba broadcast caught the people's imagination and marked a turning point in the British public's attitude to radio. By late , pressure from these quarters and uneasiness among the staff of the licensing authority, the General Post Office GPO , was sufficient to lead to a ban on further Chelmsford broadcasts. John Reith , a Scottish Calvinist, was appointed its General Manager in December a few weeks after the company made its first official broadcast. Set sales were disappointing as amateurs made their own receivers and listeners bought rival unlicensed sets.
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To do a full upgrade with all the external ports did, however, require soldering the connectors to the motherboard. The original machines shipped with "OS 0. Variations in the Acorn OS exist as a result of home-made projects and modified machines can still be bought on internet auction sites such as eBay , as of This fault could be rectified partly by soldering a resistor across two pads. Early issue BBCs Issue 3 circuit boards and before are notorious for out of specification timings. After the failed US marketing campaign the unwanted machines were remanufactured for the British market and sold,  resulting in a third 'UK export' variant.
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