The Principles of TV Broadcast

Learn the fundamentals of television technology and how the broadcast industry works

Price per delegate: €350

Duration: 1 day

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What will you learn

You will learn the fundamentals of television technology and how the broadcast industry works. You will also learn about video and audio signals, how they are recorded, edited, played out, and the equipment used. A major part of the course is the workflow of the TV production process from scripting and shooting through to transmission and reception.

Who should attend

This course is designed for those with a basic knowledge of the TV industry, particularly with some knowledge of modern broadcast equipment.

Course contents

The history of broadcast television

The course starts with a review of television history. Concentrating on major milestones this summary shows how technology evolved, conventions were set, and existing users were catered for.

The principles of light, colour and sound

This section explains some of the basic principles of colour, light, and sound. It explains how the eye and ear work, their advantages and deficiencies and how television capitalises on them.

The basic video signal

This part of the course looks at how the basic video signal is formed, how compromises are made, and how synchronisation is achieved.

Colour video and colour video standards

Part of the course explains how colour has been added to the basic monochrome signal.

Digital audio and video

This section explains the basic principles of digital audio and video signals.

Video and audio compression

This section explains the essentials of compression.

The video camera

This part of the course shows how the video camera works.

Video and audio recorders

This part of the course looks at how video and audio signal are recorded.

Programme making

This part of the course looks at how television programmes are made and the equipment used:

Live programme making
TV News making

High definition television

The final part of the course takes a look at, at how high definition television is beginning to appear and how it will impact on programme making.


Courses can be run at various locations. Courses must have a minimum number of attendees in order to run. To discuss the exact location and times available please click ‘Enquire Now’ at the top of the page.