Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blaw-Knox Tower

BBC ‘Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station’ was opened on the 20th March 1936 in a rather overpowering ceremony held - unbelievably - at the actual transmitter site! It was attended by various high-ranking BBC and local dignitaries such as A.C. Norman chairman of the BBC, Sir John Reith Director General, and BBC regional director G.L. Marshall. Civil dignitaries included Lord Craigavon Moderator of the Church of Ireland, the Archbishop of Connor and many others. In today’s world a gathering such as this is inconceivable for the opening of a ‘mere’ broadcast transmitter, however it must be borne in mind the political significance of Northern Ireland as part of the ‘United Kingdom’ and the demand for broadcasting at the time.

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