:: trivia retrieved ::

The good old days of Rediffusion

In the days before Cable TV and Cineplexes, almost every household and coffeeshop had a Rediffusion set. It was simply a wired box set on a wall shelf. This box had a knob and you chose either the English programmes or the Vernacular (Chinese/ Malay/ Tamil) programmes.

Having not seen a Rediffusion set for some years, I thought it had gone the way of the Dinosaurs. Imagine my surprise one day when I ate my lunch in an old coffeeshop (about 1 km from Jurong Point Shopping Centre) and heard the familiar music of the violin piece
‘Meditation’ coming from a box on a wall shelf –it really was a Rediffusion box (‘Meditation’ signalled the end of each day’s Rediffusion broadcast at 11.00pm).

I know many of you will think I am pulling your leg with this Rediffusion story but here is documentary evidence, from a recent (January 2002) receipt that the coffee-shop owner gave me.
Rediffusion receipt circa 2002

You want me to tell you where the coffee-shop is? Well, you know the usual fee for my consultations — one cup of coffee, and I will spill the beans.

Re-trievia recalled: Excerpts from Year 2002
Tan Wee Kiat


Written by Ivan Chew

8 December, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Posted in Year 2002

3 Responses

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  1. Hi,

    Rediffusion’s well and truly alive. In fact, we’re going to be back with better offerings for our subscribers from mid 2008.

    Stay tuned!

    Daniel Goh

    21 January, 2008 at 10:07 am

  2. Yes, Rediffusion is still around. Visit my post here – I got a link to it’s website there. Best of all, no need to buy me kopi. 😉

    Victor Koo

    22 January, 2008 at 12:58 am

  3. Rediffusion’s monthly fee of $10.00 in Jan 2002 is still very affordable. In the 1960s, it was $5.00 but taking inflation into account, it is probably comparatively much cheaper now in real money terms.

    Victor Koo

    22 January, 2008 at 1:04 am

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