Suppose why is a better question as It was in reference to Colour TV.
I presume Elmo born in 1969 but was he colour from then?
RTÉ's website states that the first Colour transmission was in 1971 with the railway cup and that by 1973 an estimated 27,000 households had a color TV.
When did RTÉ start broadcasting all Sports coverage in colour? It began colour transmissions in 1971 and by 1975 The Riordans debut in Colour.
Due to the use of OBUs on The Riordans I assume that the late date of 1975 for The Riordans in colour is due to the role out of colour for sporting events.
MACHEAD Registered User
Quite true, they lost one and maybe even two detector vans back in the late 70's /early 80's (hijacked & burned).
One of the lesser known after-effects of the peace process up here saw a sudden rise in new TV licences being bought in some areas, as the inspectors felt safe going back into places where previously they wouldn't have went even with military support.
I remember reading back in the 90's that during the troubles, TV licence evasion in Northern Ireland was estimated at over 40%.
There's a nice story (possibly urban legend), of someone who phoned their local TV dealer in a rural place (somewhere in North Antrim I think) to tell them that the colour on BBC1 kept cutting in and out, but the other channels were fine. TV dealer checked to see if it was a transmitter problem by checking his own reception and confirmed it was a problem at the local relay. Call sent to BBC Engineering, returned shortly after saying that there was a problem but that they were not going to bother fixing it as according to TV Licence records, no one in the service area of the relay had a colour licence!