The First Example Of Radio Visualisation

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By Steve Higgins
April 08, 2015 8:14 PM

You might think that simulcasting a visual version of a radio show alongside the traditional broadcast is a new idea, but the first example of this, surprisingly, dates back to 1980.

True, the internet and streaming technologies have made it easier for radio stations to create visual radio but for organisations like the BBC, they've always had the option of extending radio programming on to their television channels.

The Beeb's multi-platforms would put to good use in 2011 when Radio 1's Chris Moyles embarked on his longest show ever, a marathon 52 hour long show.  Listeners could watch the broacast on the BBC's 'Red Button', this attracted an audience of 2.84 million, making it the most popular live radio red button feature to date.

As well as the Red Button, there was also 261 million clicks of the play button on Radio 1's website.  But three decades before the likes of Moyles were simulcast, BBC Radio Scotland experiment with visual radio.

To celebrate 50 years of broadcasting from their studios in Edinburgh, Good Morning Scotland was broadcast live in pictures on BBC One.  You can watch part of the broadcast below...

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