Thursday, 30 May 2013

"How the Coronation kick-started the love of television"

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British Broadcasting Corporation

"Television in the early 50s was basic and still waiting to take off. How did the coronation turn it into the mass medium that shaped our lives?

"It was the first event to rattle radio's cage.

"The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953 is said to have been watched by more people on television than heard it on 'the wireless'.

"In the UK, nearly eight million people tuned in at home, while 10 million crowded into other people's houses to watch. There were a further 1.5 million viewers in cinemas, halls and pubs."

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