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Bbc (Colour Television)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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asked the Postmaster-General what consideration he has given to permitting the British Broadcasting Corporation to operate a limited pilot colour television scheme on 625 lines, in Band IV or Band V; and if he will make a statement.

The Television Advisory Committee has welcomed a proposal by the B.B.C. to carry out a series of field trials on 625-line colour transmissions in Band V from its Crystal Palace transmitter next year. The B.B.C. hopes, as I do, that these trials will help in the development of receivers and give opportunity to study operational problems. They will be a continuation of the series of Band V test transmissions in black and white put out by the B.B.C. in 1957 and 1958, and will be similar to those now being put out by the B.B.C. on 405 lines in Band I.