French television conserver INA has confirmed to Wiwibloggs that it does not possess a working copy of Eurovision 1964. This follows fan rumours that the French repository held a working video copy of the contest in its archives.
Eurovision 1964 stays perhaps the most mysterious contest of all the 65 editions of the song contest. Besides the very first contest, the competition of 1964 remains the only Eurovision of which all original television footage has been lost. While a tape of the radio broadcast has been uncovered, currently no video exists of the broadcast.
The contest has a large amount of myths surrounding its tape loss. Eurovision.tv states that a later fire at the Danish host broadcaster DR erased all footage. Another rumour states that the BBC held on to a surviving tape, which they later wiped out during a routine clean-up of its archives. However, in 2019, DR stated that the contest had actually never been recorded on tape and was only ever broadcast live.
French television archive INA does NOT possess a copy of Eurovision 1964
The French Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) has confirmed it doesn’t have the tapes of Eurovision 1964 either. Earlier, a fan rumour appeared after an anonymous Wikipedia user pointed to the INA catalogue pertaining an entry for the ninth contest.
On the site of the INA, searchers can indeed find an entry for the contest of 1964. This entry also features key details about the show, including the original broadcast date and the duration of the programme.
In an email exchange with Wiwibloggs, the television archive of the INA confirmed that this does NOT mean they have a consultable tape of the contest. The archive wrote to us:
“Unfortunately, the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 was broadcast live, and has not been recorded. The descriptive entry of the broadcast is actually available in our online catalogue, but we don’t have [it] in our consultable video collections.”
Fans have always hoped that the “lost” contests of 1956 and 1964 would once be found somewhere in some archive. Recently, by mere chance, ERT employees found an unreleased HD test version of the 2006 contest in Greece, giving hope for more lost tapes.
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