LIVE SATELLITE TV - A WORLD FIRST
S U N D A Y, 2 5 J U N E
German all day yesterday, Latin grammar all today.
But after lunch it was super - it absolutely POURED with rain! When I opened my window the noise was terrific!!! I love looking at rain when it thunders down, and the puddle in the lawn moved forward like a wave whenever the wind blew across it. When it was over the sun came out and the drops coming off the roof sparkled.
From 8pm right up to 10.30 there was this very good programme on TV.
It was being transmitted at the same time all over the world – the first time they’ve ever done anything like that before. Russia was the only place which refused to take part. They spent about five minutes on each country and every so often they reminded us how many babies had been born since the beginning of the programme - one a second. It was horrifying! They say in 15 generations’ time mankind will be extinct because of over-population.
They represented French culture by visiting the Maeght Art Gallery, where we went [St Paul de Vence]. But the best bit was when they represented English culture by going to the Beatles’ studios - we saw the Beatles recording their latest record!! It really was marvellous - it was live and the whole world was watching!! The studios were in the most chaotic mess, with streamers and things flying everywhere, even round Ringo’s neck. Lots of people were at the recording, including Mick Jagger! Chump and me nearly died.
Our World involved the control centres of 14 countries, four satellites and 1.5km of cable, with the master control room at Broadcasting House. This stirring two-and-a-half-hour show featured just-born babies across the globe, an interview with Marshall McLuhan - "the prophet of the electronic communications age” - and the Beatles premiere of ‘All You Need Is Love’.
The audience was 400m. Not quite the 1.9 billion who watched Live Aid, but, as George Martin said, “pretty awesome for its day.”