What's In A Television Station?
is going to marry Miss Wireless, and heaven help everybody when they get
married. Life will be very
-- Marcus Adams, Society
photographer, in the Observer, 1925.
The TV Station As A Whole
basic television system consists of equipment and people to operate this gear so
that we can produce TV programs. The stuff you'll find in a television station
consists of (and this list is not exhaustive!):
The Studio Infrastructure
or not you work in a traditional studio or a new "studioless"
environment, the same principles apply. You'll still need:
will also need the services of:
VTR, with its various videotape machines|
control, without which this whole TV program can't get on the air|
engineering department to keep all of this running, and design and
build new and improved facilities|
the next several months, you'll be exploring all of this equipment and all of
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Television stations are rather
holistic places. There are a lot of components, but they all fit together to
make the television production process a smooth one.
Try not to think about the system
as a big lump of equipment, but rather consider the components used and their
individual importance to the whole.
Be aware of some of the major
components in a television station.