Predictions from 1935
Gerald Cock (1887-1973)
first Director of BBC Television
The growth of a Television Service will see a revolutionary change in the gramophone record industry. Telegram sets will replace radiograms and long-running film records will be used instead of discs, the picture track being shown on the home television screen.
• source unknown, 1935
William Hoyt Peck
president of Peck Television Corporation, USA
Television is already here. It meets all the requirements laid down by critics, at least as far as my system is concerned, which will provide images up to two by three feet, with detail comparable to that of home movie pictures, and bright enough to be clearly visible in a room containing two or three floor lamps.
Mechanical scanning will, in my opinion, be the most popular system. It affords a more sharply defined picture element than does the cathode ray tube, replacement of light source is necessary at longer intervals and costs but 10 cents instead of many dollars.
• 'What 1935 holds forth for television and facsimile' in Radio News and Short Wave Radio, Washington, January 1935.
Report of the Television Committee (chairman: Lord Selsdon)
The time may come when a sound broadcasting service entirely unaccompanied by television will be almost as rare as a silent cinema film is today.
• London, January 1935.
Raymond Postgate (1896-1971)
English journalist, writer and social historian
Not more than 10 per cent of the population will take up television permanently.
• What To Do With the BBC, 1935