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First BBC television transmisions, 1929.

First BBC television transmisions, 1929.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Photograph showing television experts watching the Baird system transmitting the first BBC broadcast. John Logie Baird (1888-1946) was one of the pioneers of television. In 1929, Baird conducted the first BBC broadcasts, and was shortly producing daily half-hour programmes with synchronised sound and vision for them. However, shortly after these early broadcasts, the BBC chose to use the Marconi-EMI electronic scanning system which had 405 lines in preference to Baird's mechanical scanning system with 240 lines.

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© Daily Herald Archive / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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