by agatha | 17:19

People were always fascinated by moving images and there were several inventors working to create TV transmission prior to John Logie Baird’s first image transmission in 1924. He then set up a company, Television Limited.

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By the start of the 1930’s Baird’s company had sold a few sets, and some transmissions were made, but overall the quality was poor and the idea hadn’t really taken off.

BBC gets involved.

The BBC was already established, with its popular radio transmissions, you can find more information here Although initially unenthusiastic about allowing Baird’s company to use their equipment to make test TV transmissions, they eventually allowed a few to go ahead. Whilst still having reservations about Baird’s system, they felt TV was worth pursuing, so continued to work with Baird’s company to create six days a week broadcasts.

Marconi-EMI system.

A rival system to Baird’s was developed which offered a higher quality image and used frequencies which didn’t overlap radio frequencies. This new Marconi-EMI system appeared a better version to the BBC and they attempted to separate themselves from the Baird system. However, a government inquiry in 1934 insisted the BBC continue to use both systems simultaneously.

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By 1935 though, even Baird had admitted his system was no longer suitable and the BBC stopped transmissions for around 11 months whilst developing a new high definition system, setting up a dedicated TV broadcasting centre at Alexandra Palace and recruiting the first TV announcers.

Due to the government enquiry, initially the BBC transmitted in both the Baird format and Marconi-EMI version, but within a short period the lower quality version was dropped and the BBC launched the world’s first ‘high definition’ television service on Monday 2nd November 1936.

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After limited transmission hours and a seven-year suspension of service because of the second world war, the BBC relaunched in 1946 to a growing audience.

The Coronation boost.

Although the BBC had presented some coverage of the earlier 1937 coronation, it was the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953 which captured people’s imaginations and boosted TV to allow it to grow towards what it is today.