OPINION - Tech & Science Daily podcast: Evolution of coronation broadcast tech
It’s Tech & Science Daily’s media edition to mark the coronation of King Charles III.
The newly-minted monarch’s big day will be streamed, broadcasted, tweeted, browsed and clicked in high dynamic range, real-time 4K across the world’s devices.
But it’s been some 70 years since the UK last saw a coronation in the pre-Norman Westminster Abbey.
How far has media tech come since the days when the film footage of Queen Elizabeth II had to be flown by plane across the Atlantic to the US, and why did young patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital enjoy a colour television exclusive?
We’ll hear Alex Falk speaking outside Buckingham Palace, who was 17 years old in 1953 working for the Press Association as a photographer’s runner.
He describes dashing to get film across town to Fleet Street so shots could be developed and printed at top speed in the dark room for the Sunday press.
Plus, Tech & Science Daily is joined by Jean Seaton, professor of media history at the University of Westminster.
Professor Seaton explains the evolution of broadcast media technology, the challenges of sending news footage abroad and why the timeless skill of an eye for a good television shot is critical in the abbey.
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