Rare photos of Chairman MAO: first sight of a television set at a Japanese trade fair in 1956


On May 1, 1958, less than ten years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the whole country was celebrating the May 1 International Labor Day.At 19:00 this evening, with music playing, the first television station in New China, the predecessor of CCTV – Beijing Television, the first trial broadcast.In 1925, Scottish inventor Baird invented the first television set, one of the greatest inventions of the last century.BBC was officially launched on November 2, 1936. After more than ten years of rapid development, TELEVISION industry in developed countries and Latin America rose vigorously. In the 1950s, TELEVISION surpassed radio and became the most dynamic and influential media in the 20th century.The world’s first television set at a time when new China was in ruins, many Chinese had never even seen television, let alone television.So, however short a few years of time, new China’s first television station is how to start from scratch, and the pilot broadcast success?In October 1956, the first Exhibition of Japanese products was held in Beijing. From automatic machine tools to children’s toys, people saw many new things.A small box, in particular, attracts a large number of visitors.All the visitors were surprised to see people talking and moving in the box, and some even turned around behind the box to see where the person was hiding.This was when the Chinese first saw black and white television sets.1956 Japanese commodity exhibition introduction picture album television this new thing, naturally also got the high attention of national leaders.Even Chairman MAO made a special visit to television sets at this exhibition.According to the recollection of the staff around the chairman: At that time chairman MAO walked to the booth, shook hands with the Chinese and Japanese staff first, and raised some questions with great interest. Then he listened to the introduction of the staff seriously, and watched the picture broadcast on TV with great interest.Chairman MAO, visit the exhibition chairman MAO’s visit at the exhibition under the instructions of chairman MAO of the television, on August 17, 1957, bureau of the central radio and television career founded the “Beijing TV bench, Taiwan”, foreign called Beijing television, also is the central television station’s predecessor, and appointed jian, director of giving Meng Qi, Hu Xu vice director.They were senior journalists with a lot of experience in new China.Luo Dong, a native of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, graduated from Shanbei Public School, the predecessor of Renmin University of China, at the age of 39.During the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, Luo Dong successively served as the vice president of the Shanxi Cha-Ji Military Region drama against the enemy, and the president of the Hubei Journal.After the founding of New China, he served as director and chief editor of Wuhan Xinhua Radio Station.Rich news propaganda experience makes Luo Dong become new China’s first TELEVISION station preparation group leader.The deputy director of the preparatory group Meng Qiyu, Hu Xu are also very experienced journalists.Meng Qiyu, however, have experience, in the face of the emerging television industry, they are also “a big girl on the sedan chair for the first time”, from where to prepare?The most effective way, of course, is to learn and learn from the experience of foreign TV.At the end of 1957, Luo Dong, Meng Qiyu and others made a special trip to the Soviet Union and other countries to have a comprehensive understanding of TV production and management and other related businesses.In March 1958, Luo Dong and his crew came back to China after the investigation. They made a surprising decision: the pilot would start on May 1!In less than two months, a TV station has to start from scratch and broadcast!How to do?Pay attention to “Hubei TV big reveal” headline number, tomorrow will continue to decrypt the founding story of the first TV station in New China for you!

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