One of the first television studios in Greece has been restored in the rooms at the Museum. It was constructed by the French company Thomson and acquired by ΟΤΕ in 1968, shortly after Greek television was officially launched. It operated experimentally on the 5th floor of the OTE YMA-NYMA complex on Patission Street. At the same time, it was used for external broadcasts, and for transmission of television signal and broadcasts from the OTE Tower in Thessaloniki during the Thessaloniki International Fair.
Studio television broadcast console
1970s television studio console for producing the video, mixing and audio coverage. Control Room, consisting of three parts:
a) Video control console. Constitutes the final stage of the video configuration control. It consists of a modern generator, power supply and transformer. An authentic Video Sync cable layout can be found in its interior.
b) Video editing and magnetic recording console. Manufactured in France in the late 1960s. It consists of a complete television image mixing and magnetic recording console.
c) Audio control console which dates back to the late 1960s. It has a sound mixer, music and tape recorder control consoles, two Thorens pick-ups for vinyl records (33 and 45 rpm) and a Revox High Fidelity tape recorder.
Thomson CSF Camera
Thomson CSF THT 606 television studio camera. Manufactured in France in the early 1960s. Consists of a viewfinder, cinescope manual zoom and manual focus. It is mounted on a wheeled metal tripod for easy manoeuvrability and has a metal lever for controlling vertical or horizontal movements and rotating clamps for adjusting the height, and additional movement controls.
Very advanced for its time, in terms of both mechanical construction and industrial design. It was mainly used for studio television programmes, although it could also be used outside, in a fixed position, to cover televised events.
Telecine Thomson CSF
Thomson CSF 1617/1 telecine device. Manufactured in France in the late 1960s. Telecine is the process of transferring motion picture film into video or Beta. This is a movie projector for old films which does not project “onto a white screen”; instead, using a built-in device, the film is converted into video which is sent to the control room and then to your television receiver.
This telecine is also able to convert fixed images (slides) into television-compatible form, since it is equipped with a Kodak slideshow device. An enormous number of black and white films, both Greek and foreign movies, went from the big screen to the TV screen via the telecine device.
Television Studio Desk
Shot or seen from a distance, the desk, which accommodated guests and the presenter, is in the shape of a question mark (?). A director who often filmed in this studio came up with this idea to avoid overlapping close-ups when there were numerous guests.