The first television in Bradford

National Media Museum blog

Recently I’ve been researching the first occasion that television, as transmitted by the BBC, was officially received outside London. What a coincidence that the location of this reception was Bradford, only two train stops from the Museum.

Finally, in 1929, after much argument between the Baird Company, the BBC, and the Government, it was decided that television broadcasts would begin over the BBC. The Baird Company would make the programmes. From the Baird studios in London, television signals were then sent through phone lines to the BBC’s main radio transmitter, 2LO. Television would appear outside normal radio broadcasting hours, and the official launch of the service would occur on 30 September 1929.

The first official reception of these broadcasts in the Provinces would happen a week after the launch of the service, and would be organised by a gentleman by the name of Harry J Barton-Chapple. He had taught electrical…

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