What has been described as a technological miracle took place at Carnarvon six-hundred miles north of the West Australian capital of Perth today when a live television programme was beamed both ways direct between England and Australia.
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Background: What has been described as a technological miracle took place at Carnarvon six-hundred miles north of the West Australian capital of Perth today when a live television programme was beamed both ways direct between England and Australia.
The direct telecast of forty-six thousand miles through space was made possible by the mishap of the intelsat two Satellite going off into an unscheduled orbit after it was launched nearly a month ago. Previously it had been planned to transmit the Australia United Kingdom television programme via America to England.
This afternoon's historical first in T.V. transmission began when a B.B.C. programme brought Sir Bernard Lovell, the Director of Jodrell Bank Radio telescope, to the screen of the Monitor at the O.T.C. Satellite communications station in Carnarvon.
Sir Bernard said that this new technique on transmitting T.V. pictures across the world was a remarkable development in the advancement of modern science.
The quality of the incoming picture from England was only fair, but the B.B.C. controller said the Australian picture received in England was better than any ever received by Satellite from the United States.
The A.B.C.'s outgoing programme to England was done live in the main street of Carnarvon. People of the normally quiet north-west town, six-hundred miles north of Perth, turned out in hundreds to watch their street being made a focal point in the most distant live transmission ever of a television programme.