TELEVISION OUTSIDE BROADCAST HISTORY IN THE UK
The website intends to record the development of Television Outside Broadcasting in the UK through from it’s beginning in 1937 to the present day.
The birth of television must be one of the most important events of all time and it happened in a century when most of the people reading this will have been born. That is why it is so important for us to record as much about the early days of television as possible while it is still in living memory.
Much has been written about the inventions that have made television broadcasting possible. This website intends to record how the technology was used to ‘bring you live pictures’ from all parts of the UK and beyond – the equipment used and the techniques which were developed by the people who used it – from the coronation of George VI, the first official BBC Outside Broadcast in 1937 which used three 405 line black and white cameras to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton when the BBC deployed over 100 high definition colour cameras.
Why Outside Broadcasts?
The first 75 years of television broadcasting is a massive subject so to see the history from one perspective makes the task of selecting material slightly easier. For me, while television studios have their own ‘magic’. It is the ability of television to ‘bring you live pictures’ from as many locations as the producers have imagination which has pushed the technology and ingenuity to the limit and made some truly magnificent programmes.
The BBC's first Mobile control room supplied by THe Marconi EMI company in May 1937