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Walter R.G. Baker and the advent of commercial television in 1941 [Scanning the Past]

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1 Author(s)
Brittain, J.E. ; Sch. of History, Technol. & Soc., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA

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.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:79 ,  Issue: 7 )