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NASA orchestrated the hoax ... through television. They had one picture which they completely controlled, black and white, grainy, that convinced everybody we were on the moon. We had no reason to doubt it. And they had complete reins over the pictures, over the sound. Bart Sibrel, investigative journalist
Streaming is the future. TV will not be TV in five years from now … everyone will be streaming. Beau Willimon
BBC was the first television network in this country to go into colour. David Attenborough, interview BBC, viz Civilisation Extra & Ascent of Man Extra
I was very keen that K [Kenneth] Clark should appear in vision ... There is nothing more captivating than an informed talking head. People had Civilisation parties. ibid.
The success of the series within the BBC, within the television community, and the BBC in particularly, had a great effect really, because that kind of large-scale documentary had not been done before. ibid.
One of the reasons for resigning was in order to be able to do a successor which was eventually a series called Life on Earth. ibid.
Bruno [Jacob Bronowski] was one of the big stars of the Brains Trust. ibid.
An average documentary takes about three months to do. ibid.
The Ascent of Man ... This was a vision of human progress, the progress of human knowledge, which he had wanted to share. ibid.
David Attenborough has travelled the globe countless times to film the living world in all its wonder. In a career that spans the age of television itself he has pioneered new filming technologies, produced some of the most iconic moments in broadcasting and inspired a generation. Now in his eighties he is on the road again. Attenborough’s Journey, BBC 2010
As controller of BBC2 David introduced a new wave of programming that would stand the test of time. He would also pioneer a whole new era of television as the BBC raced to make Britain the first country in Europe to broadcast in colour. ibid.
David has always been at the forefront of new filming technologies: his programmes have pioneered miniature cameras, infra-red, super slow motion, time lapse and aerial technology. ibid.
Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you! Bill Hicks
Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye. Bill Hicks
Her face is in fact a plastic lemon, and this witch-like looking hair is the top of a mop ... Tiny little bits of sticky back plastic … Valerie Singleton, Blue Peter, cited Night on Film: An A-Z of the Dark, BBC 2011
With his straight talking charm, Spock was a natural broadcaster and he understood the power of television. Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words I: Human, All Too Human, BBC 2011
Television allowed artists to talk about their work to a mass audience. Great Artists in Their Own Words II: Out of the Darkness 1939-1966, BBC 2013
[John] Reith had been shaped by an austere Presbyterian upbringing and his high moral values had been instilled in him by his father. Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words III: Culture Wars
Reith felt he had an almost religious obligation to improve the nation. And he used the BBC as his pulpit. ibid.
Reith’s control was total, as he dictated both what was said and how. ibid.
The literary critic F R Leavis thought that high culture was being diluted, dooming us to moral depravity. Leavis was proud to be an elitist ... His 1949 book The Great Tradition argued that great works of literature should be venerated because they could teach us to live better lives. ibid.
Marshall McLuhan said it didn’t matter what we watched on our screens. Because society and even our brains were being changed by the very technology of TV itself. ibid.
A thirteen-hour television series celebrating the finest high culture was made by the art historian Kenneth Clark. It ushered in a new age of colour television. And he called it, rather audaciously, Civilisation. Clark was the epitome of the arts establishment. ibid.
He turned to television to save civilisation itself from popular culture. ibid.
Almost as soon as the series ended [Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation] it was challenged by Ways of Seeing, presented by the Marxist intellectual John Berger. ibid.