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The role of Walter R.G. Baker, who worked for the General Electric Company and served as chairman of the National Television System Committee (NTSC) and who played a major role in the resolution of conflicting views in the early development of the television industry is discussed. The NTSC standards that have lasted to the 1990s included a 525 line picture with interlaced scanning at 30 frames per second and a channel bandwidth of 6 MHz. Baker presided over the NTSC from July 1940 to March 1941 and also served as chairman of the second NTSC that formulated standards for color television in the early 1950s.