BBC television aerial at Alexander Palace, c 1960s.
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In 1935, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) leased the eastern part of Alexandra Palace from which the first public television transmisions were made in 1936. Alexandra Palace was the main transmitting centre for the BBC but after 1956 was used exclusively for the news broadcasts. The aerial, which was built to the BBC's specifications by Marconi was designed by C S Franklin, who had been employed by Marconi since 1899 and who carried out much of the Company's work on the short-wave beam system.