I was pondering the future value of advertisements on the live broadcast of the inevitable eventual Mars landing, and it led me to wonder about this.

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    Where in the world? Not every television station is/was commercial so not every station covering the landings showed commercials. Dec 19, 2018 at 6:00
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    @Aerovistae - you should add more details to the question, not just in comments, as to what country are you referring and even to what specific stations. The event was broadcast live in many countries including the Soviet camp.
    – user8690
    Dec 19, 2018 at 9:22
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    Please do not reply in comments. All issues ues raised in comments should be answered in the question.
    – MCW
    Dec 19, 2018 at 12:16
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    Anyone with access to Marketing the Moon by Scott and Jurek at their local library might find details about an answer in there. Dec 19, 2018 at 13:15
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    Here is the original CBS network coverage of the Apolloc 11 landing and moon walk. It includes no commercial breaks - but I wouldn't expect any. However local affiliates might well have inserted some depending on their contract with the network. Dec 19, 2018 at 13:27

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It very much depends about which country you're asking. I am Dutch, in those days we didn't have advertisements in programs. Only short blocks before and after the news. 'American' in-program advertisements and 24/7 broadcasting came much later, mid or late 70's, if I recall correctly.

As far as I know in 1969 in-program advertisements, certainly for a major event like that, were not done. It would probably have caused an outcry back then. We have digressed/progressed (pick your choice) a lot since then.

  • This makes me wonder in how many countries the broadcast was "live". Dec 20, 2018 at 6:45
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    I don't know. I was 9 at the time, we just got TV. I was allowed - very exceptional - to stay up late, to watch the landing. It was very late in the evening for us. So it was broadcasted live on Dutch TV.
    – Jos
    Dec 20, 2018 at 6:57

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