Michael Jackson’s funeral and the TV story


The media are a fundamental part of our days, they connect us with the everyday world and put us in tune with what happens around us and from other latitudes. In this sense, television has witnessed great moments important to humanity, has broadcast great feats and has told the crudest tragedies.

TV is a medium that is constantly changing and adapting to the new generations who consume content from another perspective. And now it has had to make synergy with the internet to exploit its resources to the maximum and thus compete with other formats; However, it is here to stay, such has been its impact on our lives that The United Nations General Assembly on December 17, 1996 in its resolution A / RES / 51/205, proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day, according to the official website of the CNDH https://www.cndh.org.mx/.

As explained by the United Nations website (https://www.un.org/es/observances/world-television-day): “Television continues to be the largest source of video consumption. Although screen sizes have changed and people create, publish, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with televisions around the world continues to increase. ”

As stated, commemorating International Television Day was to invite nations to promote exchanges of programs focused on peace, security, economic and social development, as well as culture, among other topics, so the days November 21 and 22, 1996, the first World Television Forum was held. And since then, year after year, the message has been reinforced that television is an important tool for guiding, channeling and mobilizing public opinion.

The history of television

Various portals report that the scottish engineer John Logie Baird He was the one who invented television after doing several tests with the radio electromagnetic wave system, this dates back to 1926 in the United Kingdom, since on January 26 the first images could be transmitted on the screen. Some time later, the engineer managed to get the image transmission between Glasgow and London and later extended the distance from London to New York, as explained by the site www.ipp.edu.pe.

This feat by Logie was also made possible thanks to the knowledge of Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, a Pole who invented in 1884 an image explorer element, known as the “Nipkow Disk”, which consisted of a metal disk perforated by a series of square holes. arranged in a spiral and where when turning, each hole received a part of the light reflected by the scene that was being “filmed”, according to specialized media.

For the year 1927, the BBC made its first public broadcast and in 1930 NBC and CBS managed to transmit for the United States, all these feats were experimental. However, it is shared that electronic television was developed by Philo Farnsworth and Vladimir Zvorykin, who created the iconoscope, an electronic tube that allowed for more efficient transmission until the late 20th century, stand out https://www.ipp.edu.pe/.

The engineer from Guadalajara Guillermo González Camarena meanwhile, it was the forerunner of color television. According to the website www.gaceta.unam.mx, in 1939 he produced the Field Sequential Trichromatic System, the first color transmission system for television. “From this first system, more elaborate procedures began to emerge in various countries, but all based on his original idea. Likewise, the inventor presented improvements to his patent for color television systems in 1958 ”, it is explained.

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What was the first television show?

According to various portals, The Queen’s Messenger”- in the image – was the first television drama. The experiment was broadcast by a station in Schenectady, New York, on September 11, 1928.

As explained, it was a radio drama adapted for television and transmitted both sound and moving images. It is also noted that Luigi Pirandello’s “The Man with the Flower in His Mouth” was the first television play in the UK broadcast on July 14, 1930.

On November 2, 1936, the BBC began the world’s first regular public broadcast. According to the site bbc.com, the first signals reached about 20 thousand households that could see, for example, the coronation of King George VI.

The 10 Most Watched Events in TV History

According to a count based on information from channel E! and “Vanity Fair” magazine, these are the 10 highest rated shows in television history. Let’s start with the 10th place:

10 The end of the M * A * S * H ​​series

The end of the plot, broadcast on February 28, 1983, was watched by more than 106 million people. It is one of the most successful and long-running shows in the country with 11 seasons and 251 episodes. The first broadcast was in 1972.

9 Dallas VS Steelers

On January 28, 1996, 138 million viewers watched NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXX, ranking it the most watched; It is closely followed by edition 44 in which viewers reached the figure of 106 million.

8 Aloha from Hawaii

It was Elvis Presley’s 1973 concert in Honolulu broadcast in more than 40 countries via satellite. It is the singer’s third live album and surpassed the King’s previous hits. It is estimated that it was seen by more than 450 million viewers around the world.

7 Man’s arrival on the Moon

An estimated 530 million people tuned in to their television to witness the historic moment. The figures represented at that time 12% of the world population. July 20, 1969 was also inscribed in the history of television.

6 The final of the 2006 World Cup in Germany

Despite the fact that FIFA is known to inflate its audience figures, it is estimated that more than 715 million people watched the final between Italy and France, where the Italian squad was champion.

5 2008 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Between 1 and 4 billion viewers watched the opening of the 2008 Games on their televisions. Of these, 900 million belonged to China alone. The opening of the fair took place on August 8 of that year.

4 The 2011 Cricket World Cup

India and Pakistan participated in the final and it is estimated that it was seen by more than 1 billion people around the world. A large population like that of India was the one that placed them on this site, despite the fact that it is a sport not so well known in the West.

3 The rescue of the miners in Chile

On October 13, 2010, a group of 33 Chilean miners were rescued who were trapped at a depth of 700 meters in the San José mines. After 70 days and after a follow-up that stole the screens around the world, the operation was completed that brought together more than 1 billion people.

2 Lady Di’s funeral

On September 6, 1997, after the death of the most beloved princess of the English people on August 31, funerals were held in London, attended by more than 250 thousand people, but the television audience was registered at more than 3000 millions of people. The BBC received signal requests from more than 50 countries.

1 Michael Jackson’s funeral

“The King of Pop” drew crowds in life and did so with his death -in the photo-. On July 7, 2009, he was honored posthumously at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. There were more than 100 thousand people in the place and on television, audiences of 2.5 billion people were registered. In the United States alone there were 31 million viewers.

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