Lucifer throws light on TV electioneering

1 February 2021

Will television have an effect on voters at election time? Leeds University plan to find out, using an ‘electronic brain’ in 1959

TV cable across Atlantic?

18 November 2020

Will it ever be possible to exchange television across the Atlantic? Bell Laboratories have a plan to lay a cable in 1955

The Anglia-TV installations

9 September 2020

Anglia Television is about to come on air, meaning lots of technical developments

Consulting the Oracle

27 July 2020

Inside ITV’s teletext service ORACLE in 1985

‘Flutter Colour’ TV in Birmingham

20 July 2020

The future of black-and-white is here: subjective colour

Why ITV is pulling out all the plugs

24 June 2019

It’s almost S-night! With ITV about to convert from 405 to 625, the technology correspondent of the Sunday Times looks into what’s involved

Record, play, pause

28 January 2019

From doing the cinema live to doing the stage on video, television’s mise en scène keeps changing… whilst still staying the same

‘Early Bird’ spreads its wings

6 December 2018

The first geostationary satellite linking Europe and North America goes into service in 1965

Previewing Television

17 September 2018

A radio reviewer looks on incredulously at the coming of television to the United States in 1935

How to receive Continental television

10 September 2018

Practical Television in 1962 gives advice on how to receive European television in the UK: grab your soldering iron

WHY the sets and aerials need to be altered

20 August 2018

‘Professor’ A M Low explains to people who want the new ITV in 1955 just why they’ve got to change aerials and TV sets

In an ITA transmitting station

19 July 2018

A simplified guide to how the pictures get from the studio to the transmitter to your home from 1966

Fast forward into a new century as TV tunes into the digital age

11 June 2018

How Central’s new £15 million television centre in Birmingham uses state-of-the-art technology to put the ‘broad’ in broadcasting in 1996

Oracle – Broadcasting the Written Word

26 March 2018

The IBA introduces its experimental ‘Oracle’ service in the early 1970s

Films on television

8 March 2018

Showing filmed material on television is difficult, as these 1956 instructions prove


20 February 2018

Instructions for transmitter staff in the event of screens going blank

Changing the page

31 December 2017

The last few minutes of ORACLE teletext, 25 years ago

You, too, can have your own TV circuit

5 July 2017

Television cameras around the home, recording their every move? 1962 celebrities say yes please!

How ITV set the pace in colour

12 June 2017

Colour comes to ITV, courtesy of tests done by ITA chief engineer Howard Steele

The IBA’s flying-squad

30 May 2017

The work of the mobile maintenance teams in 1974

Direct Broadcasting by Satellite

29 May 2017

The IBA announces that BSB is on its way

Television at Earls Court 1955

15 May 2017

Your guide to the latest television designs on display at Earls Court in 1955

The plain man’s guide to the changeover to 625 line TV

24 April 2017

A 1963 guide to the options available for 625 lines, colour and ITV-2

The Tuning Signal, Test Card C, and Tracing Faults

17 April 2017

A 1963 discussion of how to use the tuning signal to get perfect 405-line VHF black and white pictures

Direct broadcasting by satellite

16 January 2017

The BBC in 1986 details what went wrong with the planned BBC/IBA satellite service

Face up to colour

15 November 2016

The changes the make-up artists at Thames, Yorkshire and ATV had to make for the introduction of colour TV

Teletext at Republica

24 May 2016

Dan Farrimond takes a trip to Republica in Berlin to experience a teletext block party

Cable ties

23 July 2015

1982: another report into cable television

Trade test travelogue

9 February 2015

A tour around the bits in between the testcards

Having faith in colour

26 January 2015

Sydney Bernstein argues against going colour in 1969

Relay race

10 November 2014

Comparing VHF and UHF

How to use testcard F

18 August 2014

From 1967, the BBC gives instructions on how to use the new colour testcard

Archive Retrieval: A New Hope?

26 October 2008

Extracting colour information from black and white video images is now possible

Flat-screen chaos

27 March 2007

Professionals worse off than viewers

Supply-side Dilemma

1 December 2006

Broadcasting gear changes too fast – and support suffers

Patients and procedures

3 July 2006

An insight into Medical Photography & TV, 1966 to 1980

Discs or downloads?

29 June 2006

Do viewers and listeners care about technical quality? Yes and no.

Programmes in the Pod

3 June 2006

The impact of podcasting on the future of TV and radio


24 May 2004

We’ve arrived in the future we were always promised.

Technical school

24 May 2004

On being educated by television and radio


24 May 2004

Multiplexing doesn’t work

Teletext then… but now?

24 May 2004

The death of teletext

No compromise

24 May 2004

14:9 isn’t a compromise – it’s an easy way out

Booth broadcasting

18 May 2003

Television is shrinking

Overarching logic

1 February 2003

Widescreen television is the future. But it’s not the past

A member of the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System
Liverpool, Saturday 16 October 2021