IBC was born into a world bursting vividly to life in 1967 during the summer of love, when the television industry produced the first colour television broadcasts in Europe – with the BBC broadcast of Wimbledon a flagship event. But for many, the broadcast highlight of the year was a live global link-up over multiple satellites called Our World, featuring cultural figures such as Maria Callas, Pablo Picasso and the Beatles with their now iconic debut performance of All You Need is Love. The world saw a TV industry ripe with technological innovation and promise that year. It was looking for a way to harness and share ground-breaking advancements that would transform audience experiences. Enter the International Broadcasting Convention – now better known simply as IBC.
The three men who founded IBC, John Tucker of EMI, Tom Mayer of Marconi and John Etheridge of The Rank Organisation, wanted more than just a commercial exhibition. They saw a need for a convention created ‘by the industry, for the industry’ that included a full conference where pioneering TV experts presented and discussed cutting-edge concepts that would drive the future of television. The event was launched at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, with industry professionals from 24 countries participating.