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

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

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

Changing the page

31 December 2017

The last few minutes of ORACLE teletext, 25 years ago

How ITV set the pace in colour

12 June 2017

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

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

Teletext at Republica

24 May 2016

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

Having faith in colour

26 January 2015

Sydney Bernstein argues against going colour in 1969

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

From Baird to MPEG

1 July 2001

A history of video