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Old February 25th 18, 10:15 AM posted to
R. Mark Clayton[_2_]
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Default Rugby - live in 1937?

On Saturday, 24 February 2018 20:59:33 UTC, charles wrote:
In article ,
Scott wrote:
The commentator says the first live TV broadcast of the rugby
international was 80 years ago, in 1938.

How did they do that? There was only one transmitter (Alexandra
Palace) and the match was presumably played at Murrayfield or
Twickenham. Would GPO lines be used? Which system was used - Baird
or Marconi?

Pawley mentions coverage of Wimbledon in 1937 using a radio link to get
pictures back to the studio. I assume the same could have been used at
Twickenham a year later. The EMI system had been formally adopted in Feb

from KT24 in Surrey, England

I think that was the first "outside broadcast" of a sports event.

Fairly easy to get line of sight from all three sports venues mentioned to Alexandra Palace, so probably just wireless relay.

Although both Baird and EMI system were used from the start of broadcasts in November 1936, the 405 line electronic system was predominantly used (and remained in service for nearly fifty years apart from the war).