How to write the history of television’s forgotten actors and neglected technologies?
The research project TVélargie has run for 4 years at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Led by Prof. François Vallotton and Dr. Anne-Katrin Weber, it digs into the history of Swiss television from 1960 to the late 1990s and shifts the perspective focusing on the national broadcasting institution towards the margins of the media’s history. The pre-digital era is dominated by the monopoly of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SSR), which lost its hegemonic status in the early 1980s when private television and radio stations were allowed to access the airwaves. But already before 1983, the televisual landscape is shaped by many, often minor actors and various, sometimes forgotten, technologies whose history our research project brings to the fore.