Video Replaces Film

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RTÉ News moves from using film cameras to cover stories for television to using video. Electronic news gathering (ENG) means video is replacing film.

  • Title
    Electronic News Gathering
  • 1st Broadcast
    26/03/1985
  • Contributor
    Tommie Gorman (Reporter)
    Jim Fahy (Reporter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:14
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    RTÉ News
  • Clip title
    Video Replaces Film
  • Extended description

    A report on how electronic news gathering (ENG) is replacing the traditional methods of RTÉ Television News covering stories from around the country. Reporter Tommie Gorman explains how video will allow stories to be brought to air much quicker than when reports had to be made on film. The railway service was vital on getting news stories from around the country to the RTÉ studios in Dublin.

    Gerry Murray a technician in the Sligo studios sends pictures from a video tape to Dublin electronically. Wesley Boyd Head of RTÉ News talks about how a changeover from film to video cameras is now almost complete.

    At the opening of new regional RTÉ studios in Sligo local press are briefed on how ENG will work. Two local camera men Jim Eccles and Josie McGarrigle who provided mute film pictures to RTÉ are presented with awards for over twenty years service.

    Rory O'Connor of RTÉ explains how live pictures can now be brought into the major news programmes.

    Reporter Jim Fahy on how a briefing to local newspaper journalists at RTÉ's Galway offices on the speed ENG equipment would make a story available. During the briefing it became possible to demonstrate the efficiency as camera crew returned from Athenry with a report about a protest that was still taking place.

  • Information

    By 1985 RTÉ had almost completed replacing the film cameras used by news crews with video cameras. Film had been the main media for news coverage since RTÉ began broadcasting in 1961. Electronic news gathering (ENG) would allow more flexibility in reporting and stories could be brought to air as they happened.

    This report broadcast 26 March 1985 explains how reports were made on film and how they would now be made with video recording.

  • Local keywords
    Television, Broadcasting, Television Cameras, Video Cameras, Studios, video, Regional Studios, Trains, Journalists, Protests, Sligo, County Sligo, Galway, County Galway, Athenry, Gerry Murray, Wesley Boyd, Rory O'Connor, Jim Eccles, Josie McGarrigle, News, Film, Video, RTÉ
  • Geographical coverage
    Galway, Sligo, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1985
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    BN85/085
  • 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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