From the Daily Mirror, 7 July 1962:
ALL READY FOR SPACE TV: NHS ‘PLUG’ MAY START ROW
The first transatlantic TV picture – bounced off a Space satellite – may be seen by viewers in Britain on Tuesday night.
But Britain’s contribution to this “International TV Spectacular” may spark off a king-sized rumpus.
For the joint BBC-ITV planners of the British end of the programme – to be transmitted via the American satellite Telstar, due to be launched from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday – hope to show our National Health Service in action.
But many American organisations are violently opposed to any form of national health service. The powerful American Medical Association, for one, is not likely to take kindly to a “plug” for Britain’s health service on such a historic occasion.