• Short Summary

    Technicians working on a platform in the North Sea are now putting the finishing touches to what will be the world's first off-shore commercial television station.

  • Description

    Technicians working on a platform in the North Sea are now putting the finishing touches to what will be the world's first off-shore commercial television station.

    It's due to go into operation on August 15, broadcasting programmes to the Dutch mainland. It will have an initial range of about 50 miles (80 kms) and will also offer commercial radio programmes over a radius of 200 miles (320 kms).

    A VISNEWS cameraman visited the off-shore station yesterday (July 23) and reported that most of the technical equipment for the transmission of vision programmes had been installed.

    The platform has been fitted with two transmitters, each of 300 kilowatts, and a spare, while the radio section has a one kilowatt unit. Studio equipment, including cameras, microphones and lighting grids have been installed and telecine machines for the projection of films are now being tested.

    As a preliminary, sound broadcasting from the platform began this week, although there are no reports yet as to the quality of reception.

    A Dutch company has sponsored the project and built the platform outside Holland's territorial waters. However, the Dutch Government stepped in two months ago and is attempting to push through a bill designed to ban off-shore television and radio transmitters, despite the fact that the transmitter is outside territorial waters.

    A spokesman for the company says that even if the bill is passed, the project has advanced so far that it would be impossible to call it off. The spokesman added that he considered the bill unconstitutional as the transmitter was built on the Continental shelf over which Holland has no jurisdiction.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA202B3UBXIP1KHLFP771HRPRON
    Media URN:
    VLVA202B3UBXIP1KHLFP771HRPRON
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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