• Short Summary

    THE WORLD'S FIRST TELEVISION STATION ON THE HIGH SEAS IS ON THE AIR. IT BEGAN?

  • Description

    THE WORLD'S FIRST TELEVISION STATION ON THE HIGH SEAS IS ON THE AIR. IT BEGAN TRANSMITTING PROGRAMMES YESTERDAY MORNING (SATURDAY).

    THE STATION, A COMMERCIAL ONE, IS BUILT ON A PLATFORM SIX MILES (9.5 KMS) OFF THE DUTCH MAINLAND. ITS THREE TRANSMITTERS, OPERATING ON A POWER OF 300 KILOWATTS, CAN BEAM PROGRAMMES UP TO 50 MILES (80 KMS) AWAY. IN OTHER WORDS, ITS VIEWING AUDIENCE IS CONFINED TO HOLLAND.

    FOR THE OPENING, CAMERAMEN AND REPORTERS WERE INVITED TO TOUR THE STATION WHICH IS BUILT ATOP A SIX-LEGGED PLATFORM. THEY WERE ESCORTED BY MR. HEEREMA, WHOSE FIRM CONSTRUCTED THE PLATFORM, AND MR. MAXWELL THOMPSON, CHIEF ENGINEER FOR THE RADIO CORPORATION OF AMERICA, THE FIRM WHICH INSTALLED THE EQUIPMENT.

    THE STATION IS EQUIPPED WITH THE NORMAL GEAR OF ANY MAINLAND ONE -- EVERYTHING FROM THE DIRECTOR'S BOX TO A CANTEEN. AS WELL AS TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, IT ALSO PROVIDES SOUND BROADCASTING.

    IT TOOK ONLY TWO MONTHS TO BUILD. THE PLATFORM HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO STAND UP TO THE FIERCEST OF NORTH SEA WEATHER. ITS GENERATORS ARE MANNED BY FORMER SEAMEN.

    THE COMPANY WHICH FINANCED THE STATION WILL BEGIN OFFERING SHARES ON THE AMSTERDAM STOCK EXCHANGE TOMORROW (MONDAY). ALREADY, WIDE INTEREST HAS BEEN SHOWN BY THE DUTCH PEOPLE.

    HOWEVER, THEIR GOVERNMENT HAS DIFFERENT IDEAS. IT WANTS TO BAN THE STATION, WHICH WILL BE COMPETING WITH THE STATE RUN CHANNEL. A BILL IS BEING DRAWN UP TO OUTLAW IT, BUT BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL SNAGS IT COULD TAKE MONTHS BEFORE IT IS APPROVED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1ACWX04C1FIWG1TEH518JX31V
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ACWX04C1FIWG1TEH518JX31V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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