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Monday, March 26, 2012

All You Need Is Satellites

And having just been watching In Orbit, the BBC's celebration of satellites and their impact on our lives, I couldn't help remembering Our World, the worldwide television collaboration which took place in June 1967, when for the first time there were enough communications satellites up there to allow global live television. Yes, children, before 1967 if you wanted news footage from the other side of the world (say because the US President had been shot) the film footage had to be flown to the UK, In an aeroplane. Anyway, broadcasters from around the world contributed segments to this programme, which was pretty jaw-dropping stuff for 1967. The BBC got it right for once, and as a result the British segment is why everyone remembers the programme. I mean, what could be more watchable than the Beatles making a recording, live on air?



And yes, the original version was in black & white: the footage was colourised much later for a TV special. I could have linked the original video from Youtube, but it starts some way in and the sound is abysmal.

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