Long wait for colour TV

Friday, September 4 – 1953
It will be “a matter of years” before colour television is in the home, Mr. F.C. McLean, deputy chief engineer of the BBC, told the engineering section of the British Association at Liverpool yesterday.

It is possible that colour may affect the range of a transmitting station, in that the limit of useful service area on colour will be appreciably less than the established range of monochrome reception.
To cover a given area may, therefore, mean that more transmitters and more channels will be required. This may prove a serious matter for the establishment of a nation-wide colour television service.

Whether it would be possible to modify the receiver to reproduce a coloured picture, or whether it would be possible for the receiver without any modification to reproduce a monochrome picture from a colour transmission signal, depends on the system to be adopted.

The cost of a colour TV receiver would be higher than the present sets.
By reason of the greater number of valves and the complexity of the circuits, the service cost was likely to be appreciably greater.
(Dundee Courier, 05-09-1953)

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