• Short Summary

    Well, now its over to tonight's newsreel. And this morning our News Editor Peter Everett?

  • Description

    Well, now its over to tonight's newsreel. And this morning our News Editor Peter Everett was out early and paid a visit to the tobacco floors.

    (Reg Salisbury v.o.)
    From tobacco to television...and on Sunday three hundred million television viewers in the old and new worlds were linked by a small satellite suspended over the earth when the first commercial communications satellite "Early Bird" beamed a one hour programme.

    After pictures of a Mexico City Festival, then came pictures from different parts of Europe and America.

    Early Bird has been rocketed up to about 22 thousand miles above the Atlantic where it has stayed in a fixed position relative to the earth. On Sunday 300 million people saw pictures of Paris and Quebec, Houston and Berlin, New York and Rome - all brought to their screen through the Central Control Room in Brussels.

    From things modern to things ancient. And this weekend the London to Brighton Road looked like it did years ago, despite its full-width tarmac. The occasion? the annual run by ancient commercial vehicles.

    And there were all sorts and sizes. After a 14-seater Maxwell coach, came an old London General Omnibus...a brewer's steam wagon and an ancient fire engine.

    Although the old Ford "Flivvers" were not used specifically for commercial purposes there was no doubting the right for their participation in this rally.

    In all, 140 vehicles took part in the run over the 53 miles to Brighton and of these 115 reached the finish.

    The first vehicle to arrive at the coast covered the distance in under 2 hours....no mean feet for the average Sunday driver these days....even in a modern car.

    World War II was a conflict, which, in little more than five years had brought to the continent death and destruction unparalled in its history.

    As the victors, the Anglo-Americans and their allies from the West and Russians from the East, rolled across Germany, toward Berlin the dream of Hitler's reich to endure for one thousand years became a bitter page in history.

    "This is how....
    ..... war to end all wars."
    And from that day, the cold war began, and Russia became the other side in what historians will someday describe as the paradox of World War Two.

    From things to modern things ancient. And this weekend the London to Brighten Road looked like it did years ago, despite its full-width tarmac. The occasion? the annual run by ancient commercial vehicles.

    And there were all sorts and sizes. After a 14-seater Maxwell coach, came an old London General Omnibus ....a brewer's steam wagon and an ancient fire engine.

    Although the old Ford "Flivvers" were not used specifically for commercial purposes there was no doubting the right for their participation in this rally.

    In all, 140 vehicles took part in the run over the 53 miles to Brighton and of these 115 reached the finish.

    The first ever vehicle to arrive at the coast covered the distance in under 2 hours.....no mean feet for the average Sunday drivers these days....even in a modern car.

    Well, now its over to tonight's newsreel. And this morning our News Editor, Peter Everest with was out early and paid a visit to the tobacco flours.

    (Reg Salisbury v.o)
    From tobacco to television....... and on Sunday three hundred million television viewers in the old and new worlds were linked by a small satellite suspended over the earth when the first commercial communications satellite "Early Bird" beamed a one hour programme.

    After pictures of a Mexico City Festival, then came pictures from different parts of Europe and America.

    Early Bird has been rocketed up to about 22 thousand miles above the Atlantic where it has stayed in a fixed position relative to the earth. On Sunday 300 million people saw pictures of Paris and Quebec, Houston and Berlin, New York and Rome - all brought to their screen through the Central Control Room in Brussels.

    In London, a Scotland Yard crime commander asked for assistance from America's FBI and the Canadian Mounted Police authorities in seeking missing mail train robbers. The Americans also asked for assistance tracing missing men.

    And then to Ottawa, where mounted police filed their requests.

    The most dramatic pictures of this first "Early Bird" transmission came when Houston Texas offered scenes from a delicate heart valve operation.

    Watching the transmission were doctors gathered together in Geneva.

    A new era in television is now opened up. The satellite is available when-ever it's needed. Important news pictures can now be sent across the Atlantic as the event happens.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8F9DQ3A0JIQKVPW4I982TSCL8
    Media URN:
    VLVA8F9DQ3A0JIQKVPW4I982TSCL8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:12:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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