BBC engineers have been at the forefront of developments in broadcast technology since the founding of public service broadcasting in the UK.
Whether it’s noise-cancelling microphones in the 1930s, the first transatlantic television transmission in the 1950s, Ceefax in the 1970s, digital television and radio in the 1990s and HDTV in the 2000s, or the challenge to traditional broadcasting brought about by the internet and interactive media, BBC Research & Development has led the way with innovative technology and collaborative ways of working.