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The Meaning of Live
The meaning of live
Introduction

It is just after 9.16 p.m. on 14 April 1958. Live from the BBC's Panorama studio, British presenter Richard Dimbleby exhorts the audience at home to note the time on the wall clock behind him. This ‘has all to do’, he says, with a machine called Vera, or Vision Electronic Recording Apparatus. The programme cuts to the BBC's Research Department in South London, where scientists can be seen prowling around a machine. Dimbleby asks one of them to turn off the machine, and the programme then cuts back to Dimbleby, who asks the viewer to note the time on the clock again, now standing at 9.20 p.m. ‘When this clock jumps back suddenly’, announces Dimbleby, ‘you're on the ...

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