Advent of Colour Television

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The introduction to the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Ireland for the first time. The production was also one of the first home produced colour television programmes.

  • Title
    Eurovision Song Contest 1971
  • 1st Broadcast
    03/04/1971
  • Contributor
    Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:05:20
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    Advent of Colour Television
  • Extended description

    Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir introduces the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. The programme was one of the first home produced colour television programmes by RTÉ. The programme opens with a couple being taken by horse and carriage through St Stephen's Green and arriving at the Gaiety Theatre.

    Bernadette Ní Ghallchóir introduces proceedings in Irish, French and English.

  • Information

    The 1970s saw tremendous investment by RTÉ in the new technology of colour television. The first broadcasts in colour had taken place in 1968, but it took a further five years of work before colour transmissions became a regular event on Irish television.

    Colour was introduced into RTÉ in three phases. Firstly, relays of sports events and other programmes were taken from the Eurovision network. Secondly, colourisation of playback equipment allowed transmission of home-produced films and video productions. Lastly, the studios and Outside Broadcasting Units were converted to full working colour.

    In 1976, 'The Late Late Show' finally went colour, the last major programme to undergo the change. By this year all studios, outside broadcast and film production units were full colour.

    The Railway Cup Finals of 1971 was the first home-produced colour production, followed soon after by Ireland's first hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in April.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, Colour Television, Gaiety Theatre, Eurovision Song Contest, St Stephen's Green, Horses, Carriage, RTÉ, Bernadette NÍ Ghallchóir, 1970s
  • Geographical coverage
    Dublin, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1971
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    94D00113
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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