The Big Picture

The insatiable appetite of Western Europeans for television has made one major contribution to a united Europe. Electronics, respecting no borders, has spawned a loose-knit TV network that links—through a system of coaxial cables and microwave relays—all the non-Communist countries of Europe except Spain, Portugal, Norway and Finland.

Called Eurovision, the international hookup was born in 1950. Individual countries can arrange for transmission of special events. For example, if a championship Italian soccer team goes to play in Britain, the Italian stations can arrange for a telecast, usually send an Italian announcer to provide the on-the-spot commentary.

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