On their 66th anniversary, the BBC moved to making its own pips. Maybe one day it will be an independent production again. I’ll pitch.
They’ve been used in a variety of ways over the years. A bored Noel Edmonds used to cheer himself up whilst on Radio One breakfast, usually by getting the last pip to hit the vocal. On this audio though, you’ll hear him indulge a little more; before an unfortunate Radio 4 clanger (beware- offensive word) where continuity announcer, Peter Jefferson, made his displeasure at tripping over his words all too clear (language alert); and then a piece of delicious Eddie Mair who converted his own pip mishap into a piece to fill a convenient gap later in PM.
After 28 years in radio, I spoke up to the Pips for the first time at BBC Radio Nottingham. It makes one shiver. My remaining ambitions include saying 'Radio 4'; and also breaking through the security barriers at the BBC World Service just to say 'This is London' just before Lilliburlero.