Saturday, February 9, 2013
1959 Tour de France
On July 14, 1959, a helicopter was used for the first time to provide television coverage of the Tour de France. Wobbly live images were broadcast to nine different countries. The Franco-German broadcaster ARTE has been digging out old television treasures and here is a preview of their program of the Tour from fifty-four years ago. Although covered by journalists since its inception in 1903, from this date the Tour moved from being a national event to one reaching across borders and eventually around the world.
There is a DVD of the complete program available. Narration is available in either German or French but just looking at the black-and-white images is rewarding