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BBC colour television experiments - circa 1959

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Published on Sep 3, 2008

BBC Television had been experimenting with a colour system for a number of years when this film (This Is The BBC) was made in June 1960. It gave an impression of a day in the life of the corporation and colour experiments were featured at the end.

Colour television experiments were conducted after the end of the usual television broadcasting hours, so usually television experiments were conducted in the early hours of the morning.

The BBC were at this point experimenting with the American NTSC system until the mid 1960's when they swtiched to the German PAL system.

The singer in this experimental colour transmission has now been positively identified as Janie Marden.

Transmission: 29 June 1960.

This film footage is from the Archive Collection held and administered by the Alexandra Palace Television Society.

http://www.apts.org.uk

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Preserving the televisual past for the digital future

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