First televised Olympics
Berlin Olympic Games, 1936
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Germany (Berlin)

The Olympics made broadcasting history in 1936 when the Berlin Games was beamed out live in black and white to athletes in the Olympic village and to the wider public in 25 special viewing rooms located in Berlin and Potsdam. This was the first time a sporting event had ever been seen live on television screens and it opened the floodgates. Rome 1960 was the first Olympics to be broadcast live across Europe, while Tokyo 1964 was the first to reach a worldwide audience. Colour pictures arrived four years later at the 1968 Mexico City Games.