In the 1940s, the BBC began using patterns specifically designed to assist with aligning studio cameras and testing response. In addition to being used off-air, these designs were also broadcast, and became a useful tool for the TV trade, when setting up domestic TV installations. Initially, the designs were hand-drawn on large pieces of card, typically 2ft x 3ft. Hence the term “Test Card” was coined. Later these patterns were put to air using 35mm slides and later again, were generated electronically. The term “Test Card” became the common term for these special designs, irrespective of the means by which they were put to air.
RTÉ Network 2 closedown including programme promotion for Monday and technical fault (September 1995)
RTÉ Network 2 is about to close down for the night – but the gremlins get in first.
A junction from the overnight BBC Select service.
RTÉ Network 2 takes a look ahead to what’s to come on Sunday before closing down for the …
The late news and A Prayer at Bedtime, before RTÉ One closes down for the night.
BBC One continuity and closedown including programme promotions for Boxing Day and Billy Connolly: A Scot in the Arctic (26th December 1995)
Christmas Day’s schedule is coming to a close on BBC One.
An in-vision Ceefax slot comes to an end on Christmas Eve.
Programmes for Schools and Colleges come to an end for today. The 3pm BBC One junction.
One of a number of recordings that has found its way into the hands of many presentation enthusiasts …