This is a translation of the French story
By two elders who were part of the first technical crew of the Radio Télévision Belge: Maurice Broekaert & Jules Collier
The beginnings of television by the Institut National de Radiodiffusion (INR - NIR), in Belgium at least, can’t be considered a first in Europe, because television already officially existed in 819 lines in France, in 625 lines in the Netherlands, in 405 lines in the UK since 1936, and in Germany already in March 1935. With their modest daily 2-hour broadcasts, TV stations looked more like a little amateur club than the telecommunications network that it later became.
The first television crew in Belgium held the sacred fire, that is undeniable.
What could be more exiting, in fact, than being confronted with reality and knowing that, at the same instant as we put this reality into images in the studio, people – privileged ones, of course – would instantly see these images in their home.