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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
A passage about TV in divided Berlin from Timothy Green's 1972 book The Universal Eye: World Television in the Seventies:

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Woodpecker430 posts since 19 Jan 2018
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A passage about TV in divided Berlin from Timothy Green's 1972 book The Universal Eye: World Television in the Seventies:

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Utterly fascinating stuff. To add to that, the programme ZDF-Magazin, which ran for many years, centered around reports about the Eastern Bloc, especially human rights abuses that took place in those countries; it was considered to be something of an antidote, as it were, to Der Schwarze Kanal on East German TV. Reportedly, East German schools would also make pupils talk about what programmes they watched/draw the logos/clocks they saw on TV, as a way of finding out which families watched Western TV, and as such finding out which families were 'traitors' to the communist cause.

Incidentally, if anyone here is interested in East Germany, I wholeheartedly recommend you watch the film Good Bye Lenin! It's about a a devoted member of the Communist Party, who falls into a coma just before the November Revolution, and wakes up several months later, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her son is determined to convince her that nothing has changed, and thus, among other things, makes his own versions of various East German programmes, as a way of making out that all is hunky-dory in the communist paradise that is East Germany. An excellent film, IMO.
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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Here are some clips from the time period and the TV stations described in Green's book.

A few fragments of East German TV's Aktuelle Kamera from 1967:



A 1974 (wrong date in the title) color documentary from East German TV's Halle studios about new housing in that city. An interesting glimpse of both life in the GDR and some rare presentation at the beginning (including a wonderful clock):



And from West Berlin, a ten-minute excerpt (including the intro and the outro) from the first color edition of Abendschau, SFB's local news, in 1970 -- including a fascinating glimpse of West Berlin's airport and the station's new color equipment:

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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
This was posted in the old, archived version of this thread, but since we're on the subject of East German TV, here's a great compilation of East German TV commercials before they were abolished, apparently because many of the advertised products were so difficult to obtain:



The first commercial is for RFT, a state-owned (of course) East German chain of stores selling electronics -- radios, TVs, HiFis, and the like. Here's a look inside one of their stores (or an improved version thereof) from an East German crime drama -- with a strange 1930s-meet-the-1970s look:

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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
It would be a bit of a waste to only show test patterns.


I've travelled a lot around South Africa in recent years, I've never (knowingly) seen a regional opt out on SABC.
I think I asked when I visited SABC once, and I think they said they've never had regional opt outs (only programmes that are networked from Cape Town and Durban)


Interesting! Considering the vast size and regional diversity of South Africa, it's certainly surprising that they never had any regional programming.

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Communist-era Czechoslovak TV news, 1988:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v613Ky7kuEA


The video above was deleted, so here's another Czechoslovak newscast from the same year:



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And here's more from Timothy Green's 1972 book, this time about the role of Austrian television in Czechoslovakia and the Prague Spring:

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james-20014,961 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
A 1974 (wrong date in the title) color documentary from East German TV's Halle studios about new housing in that city. An interesting glimpse of both life in the GDR and some rare presentation at the beginning (including a wonderful clock):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86DpEgOunPg


Clearly being behind the iron curtain didn't stop the hideous 70s fashion and hairstyles from reaching there!
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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
A 1974 (wrong date in the title) color documentary from East German TV's Halle studios about new housing in that city. An interesting glimpse of both life in the GDR and some rare presentation at the beginning (including a wonderful clock):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86DpEgOunPg


Clearly being behind the iron curtain didn't stop the hideous 70s fashion and hairstyles from reaching there!



Speaking of 1970s fashions and hairstyles, here are some fascinating commercials from pre-revolutionary, pro-Western Iran:

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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Below are some bits and pieces of Albanian TV (in-vision continuity, idents, parts of newscasts, weather forecast, etc.) from when the country was a closed Stalinist dictatorship much like North Korea, at odds with both the West and the Soviet Union (which Albania's leadership viewed as "deviationist", i.e. insufficiently Communist), and where even the private ownership of cars was banned.

Yet the broadcaster still used a Philips test pattern!

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WW Update4,743 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Since Timothy Green and Woodpecker mentioned Der Schwarze Kanal , here's a 1970 edition of the long-running East German propaganda broadcast:



The opening animation, with a scrawny-looking eagle from the West German coat-of-arms landing on TV antennas (note the symbolism!), is a parody of the Tagesschau intro:



But while Tagesschau got rid of its antennas in the 1970s, they lived on on Der Schwarze Kanal until Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler's farewell broadcast just days before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The winds of change were already blowing:



By the way, the flag sash worn by the West German eagle is that of the militaristic German Empire:

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