FROM THE ARCHIVE OF: NC1

Four minutes of the RTÉ One clock, ticking away during a mid-1980s start-up.

This mechanical clock, like many similar on-screen devices of the time, was passed through a colour synthesiser. It was sometimes shown yellow on black.

VIDEO: RTÉ One start-up. COPYRIGHT: RTÉ. VREF: 24314-01.

You may notice that the second hand doesn’t land perfectly on the hour markings in our example above. This was later corrected – as can be seen in this April 1985 link, courtesy of the KillianM2 TV Archive channel.

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[00:00:00] CLOCK: the RTÉ One clock. The start-up routine during this period would see the clock remain on screen for fifteen minutes prior to the first programme of the day. And it would usually be accompanied by music – though obviously not in our example here.

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FEATURE IMAGE:
PICTURED: RTÉ One clock. COPYRIGHT: RTÉ.

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