Saturday, May 6, 2023

First Cable TV system in North America set up to show coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, BBC, 1953

In Guelph, Ontario, 1953, Fred Metcalf set up the first cable TV system in North America to transmit Queen Elizabeth's coronation. TV had only been broadcasting from Toronto for a year, and few people in Guelph could receive it just by using an antenna. The CBC had won the race to be the first to get film of the event across the Atlantic, using RCAF and RAF jets, and ABC, a small network at the time, got the feed from them. NBC paid to use ABC's feed, and beat CBS to air by 13 minutes.

Souvenir Coronation Brochure, Wikimedia Commons 


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