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the1hk34 posts since 24 Jan 2007
London London
I’ve noticed something interesting on the ARD-alpha channel “Die Tagesschau vor 20 Jahren” or “The News from 20 Years Ago”. It’s on at 23:45 every night and seems to be a full (15 minute) bulletin including weather from the same day exactly 20 years ago.

Last night’s programme featured a young(er) Angela Merkel and exchange rates between the Euro and the US Dollar and between the Dollar and the Deutsche Mark. At this point the Euro existed as a currency but notes and coins had not yet been released. National currencies were technically denomination of the Euro and were fixed against it (and, obviously, each other). At this point, the Euro was worth less than the Dollar - a situation which later reversed. In the parts I watched last night, the newsreader appeared to be using printed scripts rather than an autocue.

EDIT: This seems to have been going on for years, starting around the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall.


it's all on here https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/sendung/tsvorzwanzig-4881.html
WW Update5,142 posts since 6 Feb 2007
It used to be 25 years, and has been running on there for 20 years at least (the Meldrum Private Parts has a video of a 1975 edition they showed in 2000, back when it was BR Alpha). Then a year or two back they decided to skip forward 5 years and make it 20 years instead, unfortunately (especially as the tagesschau24 channel and NDR were already running the 20 years one- NDR have been running the 20 years version for at least 20 years too, since back when the channel was called N3). I'm sure one channel was running a 30 years one back in the mid-00s as well.

It would be interesting to see something like that here. Have the BBC got full bulletins going back 20-25 years?

You can watch old French newscasts on YouTube. INA, the agency in charge of France's audiovisual archives, has uploaded newscasts from 1970 on (with some breaks an nothing from 1975) to YouTube.

Wondering what the 1 p.m. news on today's date in 1970 looked like?

On today's date in 1976, a special U.S.-themed edition of Antenne 2's news was broadcast from the CBS News facilities in New York:

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Viakenny340 posts since 6 Oct 2005
BBC World News
As cases of COVID-19 escalate across Brazil, Globo's Jornal Nacional , since last week (more precisely, since May 14th), instead of illustrating its reports about the pandemic with CGI coronaviruses, started doing so with pictures of the some of the 20,000+ Brazilians who lost their lives to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus:
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Brekkie34,814 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
None-TV related but the New York Times has this weekend done a very striking front page which simply lists 1000 of the 100,000 Americans who've died.
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VMPhil10,389 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
This is something that's been in my YouTube 'Watch Later' playlist for probably two years at this point, and have now finally got round to watching (over the course of two days). It is a surprisingly high quality recording from WTIC, a radio station in Hartford, Connecticut, the afternoon of the JFK assassination. On screen is a text timeline of the events in Dallas happening at the same time; this does mean a lot of pausing to read the text and then searching different names that appear and going off on Google tangents (or perhaps that's just me) - but if you're as interested in these kinds of historical broadcasts as I am, it's worth watching.

The recording starts with a show called 'Mikeline', which sort of appears to be the 1960s radio equivalent of Google. People calling in with enquiries, with the hope of someone else calling in later with an answer. After one call ends, the first news report comes in, and a second news report shortly after interrupts another obviously shocked caller, who declines to continue reading out a recipe, pretty much ending any sense of normality up to that point. Eventually they go over to the NBC network news.

It's interesting how late this station was in breaking the news, as according to the timeline other TV and radio stations had already been interrupted by the time they do their first bulletin. This recording also ends before NBC even confirmed officially that Kennedy was dead.

Whilst going down one particular rabbit hole, I came across this recording of an afternoon concert on WGBH radio in Boston, Massachusetts, where the conductor Erich Leinsdorf announces to the audience the news of the assassination. The audience gasps in disbelief as they respond not only to the news but to the announcement that the next piece played will be Beethoven's funeral march.

Here is a Time magazine article interviewing someone who worked at the symphony hall:
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WW Update5,142 posts since 6 Feb 2007
Speaking of which, here's the initial coverage of the assassination as heard on WCCO, the CBS Radio affiliate in the Twin Cities:

And here's the rest of that afternoon's coverage, including the announcement of Kennedy's death:

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WW Update5,142 posts since 6 Feb 2007
And since we are making a brief detour from TV to radio news, this is Radio Luxembourg informed its English-speaking listeners across Europe about the death of Elvis Presley:

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