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of Wembley.

  • 1928 made the first transatlantic television transmission, from London to Hartsdale, New York, and the first television programme for the BBC.
  • From 1929 to 1932, the BBC transmitters were used to broadcast television programmes using the 30-line Baird system, a
  • From 1932 to 1935, the BBC also produced the programmes in their own studio at 16 Portland Place.
  • 1936 the BBC began transmitting Baird 240-line transmissions alternated with the Marconi-EMI Television Co's electronic scanning system which had recently been improved to 405 lines. The Baird system at the time involved an intermediate film process, where footage was shot on cine film which was rapidly developed and scanned.
  • The company had access to Philo T. Farnsworth's electronic "Image Dissector" camera via a patent-sharing agreement. However, the Image Dissector camera was found to be lacking in light sensitivity, requiring excessive levels of illumination. Baird used the Farnsworth tubes instead to scan cine film, in which capacity they proved serviceable through prone to dropouts and other problems. Farnsworth himself came to London to Baird's Crystal Palace laboratories in 1936 but was unable to fully solve the problem; the fire that burned the Palace to the ground later that year further hampered the Baird company's ability to compete.
  • 1938 Cooperation with Gaumont-British to equip large theatres and cinemas[2].
  • 1939 9th OGM. Announced that from June they will undertake all manufacturing themselves and cease working with Bush Radio. J. L. Baird was then President of the company. [3]
  • 1948 Scophony Ltd acquired John Logie Baird Ltd; new factory at Wells and expansion of television production at the Wembley factory[5].
  • 1949 Scophony Ltd became Scophony-Baird Ltd, of Lancelot Road, Wembley, Middlesex.
  • 1953 Manufacturer of TV sets [6]
  • 1960 Radio Rentals acquired the Baird Company. Radio Rentals changed the name of its manufacturing subsidiary in Bradford, Mains Radio Gramophone, to Baird Television, to emphasise its position in the manufacturing of televisions.[10].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Monday, Oct 19, 1936
  2. The Times, 23 July 1938
  3. The Times, Monday, Apr 03, 1939
  4. The Times, 12 September 1946
  5. The Times, 30 November 1948
  6. Choosing your Television Set. Published by Freelance in 1953.
  7. The Times, 22 February 1954
  8. The Times, 24 December 1954
  9. The Times, 21 September 1957
  10. The Times, 12 December 1960