Inter-Continental Television Via
Early Bird Satellite
The first two-way commercial television program
using the Early Bird satellite was transmitted by RCA Communications,
Inc., for the Columbia Broadcasting System's "Town Meeting of the
World" on October 26.
The two-way arrangement permitted students in
Belgrade, London, Paris and Mexico City to direct questions on world
affairs to a distinguished panel in the Washington, D. C. studios of CBS.
The program also marked the first time that multiple points on both sides
of the Atlantic were linked via satellite.
The program was transmitted live between 4 :30 P.
M. and 5 :45 P. M. and taped for rebroadcast over the CBS network from 10
to 11 P. M.
Panel members included Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower,
former President of the United States; Arthur J. Goldberg, U. S.
Ambassador to the United Nations, and Thurgood Marshall, Solicitor General
of the United States. They answered questions posed by students attending
the London School of Economics, Belgrade University, University de Paris
and the University of Mexico City.
RCA Communications provides international
television transmission service via Early Bird on a regular commercial
basis, and is the only U. S. carrier providing international telegraph and
telex service via satellite.
Well Done From CBS
Following the successful transmission of the
first two-way commercial television program via the Early Bird Satellite,
Charles E. Cadley, Manager of CBS Network Transmission Facilities, sent
this letter to our Executive Vice President Howard R. Hawkins:
"Our Town Meeting of the World program is
always technically complex and yesterday was no exception. However, the
excellent assistance and comnplete cooperation we received from your
organization made it seem almost routine.
"Without meaning to exclude anyone, we
sincerely appreciate the hard work and many "extras" Lou Donato
contributed to make this program a total success. Val Arbogast's help in
pre-planning plus all those behind the scene, was a real example of team
"Please extend our thanks to all
Cordially, Charles E. Cadley"
"Town Meeting of the World" panelists
shown in the Washington, D. C. studio of CBS. (I. to r.) Charles
Collingwood, Moderator, Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations Arthur J. Goldberg, and Thurgood
Marshall, Solicitor General of the United States.
PRS Assistant Dave Kintzner shown
monitoring signals from the Early Bird Satellite on the television control
equipment in the Program Radiophoto Section in our New York Headquarters
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