Television in India
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TELEVISION IN INDIA
Can you imagine a world without television? No serials, news channels or cricket matches. Will it not be a boring world? Today television has become an integral part of our lives. Your brother might get angry if disturbed while he is watching his favourite television programme. However, television is a recent invention. Very few homes had television sets some fifty years ago. Also, till the 1990s Doordarshan was the only channel available to a vast majority of Indians. This lesson will take you through the story of television.
OBJECTIVES After studying this lesson, you will be able to do the following: trace the evolution of television; identify the milestones of television history in India; analyze the impact of television in our daily lives; explain the new trends in television. 13.1 EVOLUTION OF TELEVISION Isn’t it wonderful that a newsreader who is hundreds of kilometers away in a news studio can be seen and heard by just switching on your television set? However, television is a recent invention.Ask your grandfather whether he had watched television in his childhood. Most probably he would have had a radio set at home but not a television. Radio, print and cinema were already there before the arrival of television. The idea of television existed long before the actual invention of television. Several inventors were working on the creation of a technology which could transmit sound as well as visuals. Though many pioneers have contributed to make it possible, John Baird is generally regarded as the father of television. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of Britain began the first television service in 1936. If you have a satellite or cable
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Television in India connection, you will be able to watch BBC, the world’s oldest television broadcaster. By 1939, television broadcasts began in the United States also. These two...