The start of television broadcasting

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The start of television broadcasting

This is the first and last page of the programme arrangements and running order for the opening of the BBC Television Service; the World's first high definition (405 lines) public TV service. It was written by D H Munro (the BBC's sole television producer before World War II) and it was annotated by him in pencil during the actual transmission.

Television defines our age. Without television technology the modern world as we know it would not exist. Television technology is now a core technology in space exploration, weather forecasting, scientific measurement, microscopy, micro-surgery, home shopping and banking, virtual reality, Leisure (home video DVD etc.), tele-conferencing, communication systems, computers, military applications, security systems, road traffic control, air transport and radar. In point of fact it is difficult to think of any modern system from electricity to sewage disposal that doesn't incorporate aspects of television technology to make it function. The twenty-first century is truly the television age.

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Alexandra Palace north London


2 November 1936


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