These days we switch the tele on without a thought, we complain if there is 'nothing on' and a night without it seems a lonely night indeed for most people. So it is hard to believe that when John Logie Baird gave the first public demo in 1926 most people thought the idea of television would never work- nobody would choose it instead of radio.
Interestingly too the BBC thought the idea of television and having a set in every room would never catch on. For a start it was far too cumbersome a piece of furniture and secondly it was far too expensive.
Then of course came Nazi propaganda - how the Nazis milked the TV to get its followers to sit up and take notice. And it was then that we realised that we just had to do the same.
By the time the war was over things were certainly changing although radio struggled to keep pace. TV rental was big and many started down that road in 1953 for that big event The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. I remember going with my newly married husband to my Grandmas's house = they had bought a set specially= and most of the family turned up to watch the grainy picture on the set.
I suppose the next really momentous 'outside broadcast' was 1969 with the Moon Landing and it was reading an article in today's Times that prompted me to write this.When asked 54 per cent of people did not believe in the Moon Landing? 650 million watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. When asked sixty four percent of millenials (those aged between 24 and 35) doubted it. Forty five percent of people aged over 55 said it was possible the landing was faked. (the Flat Earth Society claimed that Stanley Kubrick was hired by Nasa to film the footage with the moon only a film set. All done as propagand between the US and Russia in the Space Race. So propaganda still rears its head. There are plenty more figures in The Times but I kept getting them in a muddle and it didn't seem all that important rather than just to show how gullible folk are.
Now television has become such a part of our lives that after almost a hundred years it is hard to imagine what life was ever like without it. I wonder what the next 'big thing' will be - we have already seen computers push their way in.