BBC Television is 80 years young, says Norman Green

BBC Television is 80 years young, says Norman Green

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Credit: Alexandra Palace

Norman Green brought the early days of the BBC alive at a joint RTS Midlands/IET event in Birmingham in early November

Green, the first head of technology at ITV Network and the founder of the RTS London Centre, came armed with a series of fascinating test transmissions and films from the 1930s.

The BBC officially launched its TV service from Alexandra Palace London on 2 November 1936. Its first major outside broadcast was the coronation of George VI in May 1937. This technological breakthrough was captured in a BBC film, Televising the Coronation Procession, which Green showed at the event.

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Norman Green brought the early days of the BBC alive at a joint RTS Midlands/IET event in Birmingham in early November