Dutch TV celebrates 60th anniversary

2nd October 2011, Comments 0 comments

It’s 60 years since the first television broadcast was made in the Netherlands. On Sunday 2 October 1951 Dutch TV went on air for the first time with an opening address by deputy culture minister Jo Cals. The speech was followed by a play entitled the Magic Mirror.

The minister stressed that programming on the new medium would be responsible. He said he hoped it would make an important contribution to education and cultural life in the country that almost 50 years later was to bring the world the Big Brother programme format.

The minister’s opening speech was seen only by a privileged few. At the time a TV cost the equivalent of around 3000 euros and there were only 400 of them in the country.

Dutch TV is celebrating with a retrospective of early programmes. And youth broadcaster BNN is marking the anniversary with an attempt to beat the world record for TV watching. At the Institute for Sound and Vision the participants will attempt to plough through a nostalgic selection of old TV programmes for around 80 hours nonstop.


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