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BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. The British Broadcasting Corporation has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the ship of the same name, see Royal Charter (ship). ...

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History of BBC Television

The British Broadcasting Corporation operates several television networks, television stations (although there is generally very little distinction between the two in the UK) and related programming services in the United Kingdom. As well as being a broadcaster, they also produce a large number of their own programmes in-house, forming one of the world's largest television production companies. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... This article is about a television transmitting location or company. ... In-house refers to the production of some commodity or service, such as a television programme, using a companys own funds, staff or resources. ...


1932 to 1939

Mechanically scanned, 30-line television broadcasts by John Logie Baird began in 1929, using the BBC transmitter in London, and by 1930 a regular schedule of programmes was transmitted from the BBC antenna in Brookmans Park. Television production was switched from Baird's company to what is now known as BBC One on August 2, 1932, and continued until September 1935. Regularly scheduled electronically scanned television began from Alexandra Palace in London on November 2, 1936, to just a few hundred viewers in the immediate area. It was reaching an estimated 25,000-40,000 homes before the outbreak of the Second World War caused the service to be suspended in September 1939. The VHF broadcasts would have provided an ideal radio beacon for German bombers homing in on London, and the engineers and technicians of the service would be needed for the war effort, in particular the RADAR programme. For other persons named John Baird, see John Baird (disambiguation). ... The Brookmans Park transmitter is a facility for medium wave broadcasting north of London (national grid reference: TL259050). ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Set in Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace was built in an area spanning Wood Green and Muswell Hill, North London, England in 1873 as a public recreation, education and entertainment centre and North London counterpart of The Crystal Palace. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. ... For other uses, see Radar (disambiguation). ...


1946 to 1964

In 1946, TV transmissions resumed from Alexandra Palace. The BBC Television Service (renamed BBC tv in 1960) showed popular programming, including drama, comedies, documentaries, game shows and soap operas, covering a wide range of genres and regularly competed with ITV to become the channel with the highest ratings for that week. Quiz show redirects here. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


1964 to 1967

BBC tv was renamed BBC1 in 1964, after the launch of BBC2 (now BBC Two), the third television station (ITV was the second) for the UK; its remit, to provide more niche programming. The channel was due to launch on 20 April 1964, but was put off the air by a massive power failure that affected much of London, caused by a fire at Battersea Power Station. A videotape made on the opening night was rediscovered in 2003 by a BBC technician. In the end the launch went ahead the following night, hosted by an announcer holding a candle. BBC2 was the first British channel to use UHF and 625-line pictures, giving higher definition than the existing VHF 405-line system. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Battersea Power Station viewed from the north bank of the River Thames at Pimlico. ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... ... Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz (wavelength 10 m) to 300 MHz (wavelength 1 m). ... The 405-line monochrome analogue television broadcasting system was the first electronic television system to be used in regular broadcasting. ...


1967 to 2003

A special ident was created in 1982 to celebrate 60 years of the BBC.
A special ident was created in 1982 to celebrate 60 years of the BBC.

In December 1967, BBC Two became the first television channel in Europe to broadcast regularly in colour, using the German PAL system that is still in use today although being gradually superseded by digital systems. (BBC One and ITV began 625-line colour broadcasts simultaneously on November 15, 1969). Unlike other terrestrial channels, BBC Two does not have soap opera or standard news programming, but a range of programmes intended to be eclectic and diverse (although if a programme has high audience ratings it is often eventually repositioned to BBC One). The different remit of BBC2 allowed its first controller, Sir David Attenborough to commission the first heavyweight documentaries and documentary series such as Civilisation, The Ascent of Man and Horizon. Image File history File links BBC-globe1982-60-years. ... Image File history File links BBC-globe1982-60-years. ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... For other uses, see News (disambiguation). ... Sir David Frederick Attenborough, OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS, FZS (born on 8 May 1926 in London, England) is one of the worlds most acclaimed broadcasters and naturalists. ... Front cover Civilisation (full title, Civilisation: A Personal View) was a popular TV series outlining the history of Western society produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC Two. ... The Ascent of Man (1973) was a groundbreaking BBC documentary series, produced in association with Time-Life Films, written and presented by Jacob Bronowski. ... Horizon is a long-running BBC popular science and history documentary programme. ...


David Attenborough was later granted sabbatical leave from his job as Controller to work with the BBC Natural History Unit which had existed since the 1950s. This unit is now famed throughout the world for producing high quality programmes with Attenborough such as Life On Earth, The Private Life of Plants, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. A sabbatical year is a prolonged hiatus, typically one year, in the career of an otherwise successful individual taken in order to fulfill some dream, e. ... This article is about the tv programme Life on Earth. ... The Private Life of Plants (1995) is a six-part BBC television series presented by David Attenborough, on the growth, movement, reproduction and survival of plants around the world. ... The Blue Planet is a BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 12 September 2001. ... Planet Earth is a BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough and produced by Alastair Fothergill. ...


National and regional variations also occur within the BBC One and BBC Two schedules. England's BBC One output is split up into fifteen regions (such as South West and East), which exist mainly to produce local news programming, but also occasionally opt out of the network to show programmes of local importance (such as major local events). The other nations of the United Kingdom (Wales and Scotland, and the province of Northern Ireland) have been granted more autonomy from the English network; for example, programmes are mostly introduced by local announcers, rather than by those in London. BBC One and BBC Two schedules in the other UK nations can vary immensely from BBC One and BBC Two in England. Regional variations is a common term used in British television listings publications to show the different programmes broadcast in different areas of the country. ... This article is about the country. ... This article is about the country. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: , Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann) is a constituent country of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


Programmes, such as the politically fuelled Give My Head Peace (produced by BBC Northern Ireland) and the soap opera River City (produced by BBC Scotland), have been created specifically to cater for viewers in their respective nations, who may have found programmes created for English audiences irrelevant. BBC Scotland produces daily programmes for its Gaelic-speaking viewers, including current affairs, political and children's programming such as the popular Eòrpa and Dè a-nis?. BBC Wales also produces a large amount of Welsh language programming for S4C, particularly news, sport and other programmes, especially the soap opera Pobol y Cwm ('People of the Valley'). The UK nations also produce a number of programmes that are shown across the UK, such as BBC Scotland's comedy series Chewin' the Fat, and BBC Northern Ireland's talk show Patrick Kielty: Almost Live. Give My Head Peace is a satirical television comedy series on BBC Northern Ireland that pokes fun at political parties, paramilitary groups and the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... Fiction River City (television series) is a soap opera produced by BBC Scotland River City is a fictional city set in Iowa in The Music Man. ... // Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) is a member of the Goidelic branch of Celtic languages. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ... Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley) is a Welsh language television soap opera produced by the BBC since October 1974. ...


The BBC is also renowned for its production of costume dramas, such as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and contemporary social dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff and Our Friends in the North. The BBC has come under pressure to commission more programmes from independent British production companies, and indeed is legally required to source 25% of its output from such companies by the terms of the Broadcasting Act 1990. Programmes have also been imported mainly from English-speaking countries: notable examples include The Simpsons from the United States and Neighbours from Australia. Because of the availability of programmes in English, few programmes need use sub-titles or dubbing unlike much European television. A watercolour and pencil sketch of Jane Austen, believed to be drawn from life by her sister Cassandra (c. ... This article is about the 1995 TV serial. ... Boys from the Blackstuff is a British television drama serial of five episodes, originally transmitted from October 10 to November 7, 1982 on BBC TWO. The serial was written by Liverpudlian playwright Alan Bleasdale, and was a sequel to a television play called The Black Stuff, which he had originally... The opening titles sequence of Our Friends in the North. ... The Broadcasting Act 1990 is a law of the British parliament, often regarded by both its supporters and its critics as a quintessential example of Thatcherism. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... This article is about the Australian soap opera. ... In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ...


The BBC also introduced Ceefax, the first teletext service, starting in 1974. This service allows BBC viewers to view textual information such as the latest news on their television. CEEFAX has not made a full transition to digital television, instead being replaced by the new interactive BBCi service. A BBC Ceefax page from 10 September 1999 Ceefax (phonetic for See Facts) is the BBCs teletext information service. ... A BBC Ceefax page from January 9, 2007. ...


In March 2003 the BBC announced that from the end of May 2003 (subsequently deferred to 14 July) it intended to transmit all eight of its domestic television channels (including the 15 regional variations of BBC 1) unencrypted from the Astra 2D satellite. This move was estimated to save the BBC £85 million over the next five years. is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Astra 2D is one of a group of satellites operated by SES Astra, located at 28. ...


While the "footprint" of the Astra 2D satellite was smaller than that of Astra 2A, from which it was previously broadcast encrypted, it meant that viewers with appropriate equipment were able to receive BBC channels "free-to-air" over much of Western Europe. Consequently, some rights concerns have needed to be resolved with programme providers such as Hollywood studios and sporting organisations, which have expressed concern about the unencrypted signal leaking out. This led to some broadcasts being made unavailable on the Sky Digital platform, such as Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup football, while on other platforms such broadcasts were not disrupted. Later, when rights contracts were renewed, this problem was resolved. This is a list of Hollywood movie studios. ... For a wider corporate history and profile, see British Sky Broadcasting. ... The Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League commonly known as the Scottish Premier League, Premier League or SPL is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top level of the Scottish football league system - above the Scottish Football League. ... The Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup[1], usually known as the Scottish Cup, is the national cup knockout competition in Scottish football. ... Soccer redirects here. ...


2004 onwards

On 5 July 2004, the BBC celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its television news bulletins (although it had produced the Television Newsreel for several years before 1954). This event was marked by the release of a DVD, which showed highlights of the BBC's television coverage of significant events over the half-century, as well as changes in the format of the BBC television news; from the newsreel format of the first BBC Television News bulletins, to the 24-hour, worldwide news coverage available in 2004. A special edition of Radio Times was also produced, as well as a special section of the BBC News Online website. is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Television Newsreel was a British television programme, the first regular news programme to be made in the UK. Produced by the BBC and screened on the BBC Television Service from 1948 to 1954, it adapted the traditional cinema newsreel form for the television audience, covering news and current affairs stories... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... A newsreel is a documentary film that is regularly released in a public presentation place containing filmed news stories. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Current Radio Times logo Radio Times is the BBCs weekly television and radio programme listings magazine. ... BBC News website in June 2007. ...


The BBC Television department headed by Jana Bennett was absorbed into a new, much larger group; BBC Vision, in late 2006.[1] The new group is part of larger restructuring within the BBC with the onset of new media outlets and technology. Jana Bennett joined the BBC as Director of Television in April 2002 having previously been Executive Vice President and General Manager at Discovery Communications in the USA. External link BBC Website Categories: Substubs | People stubs ...


In July 2007, the popular children's show Blue Peter faked the results of a contest, drawing a £50,000 fine, by the Office of Communications (OFCOM). Blue Peter broke the rules by using a studio guest to pose as the winner of a phone-in competition on the "Blue Peter" show on November 27, 2006.[2] July 2007 is the seventh month of that year. ... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ... The Office of Communications, usually known as Ofcom, is the UKs communications regulator. ... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ...


Free-to-air stations in the UK available as both analogue and digital signals

The Corporation's primary network, broadcasting mainstream comedy, drama, documentaries, films, sport, and children's programmes. BBC One is also the home of the BBC's main 30-minutes news bulletins, currently shown at 13.00, 18.00, and 22.00 on weekdays (shorter early- and late-evening bulletins are broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays).
Most watched programme: EastEnders.
Home to more specialist programming, including comedy, documentaries, dramas and minority interest programmes, as well as imported programmes from other countries, particularly the United States. An important feature of the schedule is Newsnight, a 50-minute news analysis programme shown each weeknight at 22.30.
Most watched programme: Top Gear

Shutdown of all UK analogue television stations will begin in 2008, leaving only digital transmission for terrestrial services. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Albert Square in the 1980s. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... Newsnight is a British daily news analysis, current affairs and politics programme broadcast between 22:40 and 23:20 on weekdays on BBC Two. ... This article is about the current format of the BBC television programme. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


Free-to-air digital-only stations in the UK

The main digital television network operated by the Corporation, home to mainly youth-oriented programming, particularly new comedy sketch shows and sitcoms.
Niche programming for an intellectual audience, including specialist documentaries, occasional 'serious' dramas, live theatre, foreign language films and television programmes and 'prestige' archive television repeats.
A part-time high definition service launched on 1 December 2007 after a trial period of 18 months.
  • BBC News
A dedicated news channel.
The Corporation's dedicated politics channel, covering both the British parliament and international politics.
For children aged six and above.
For children under six.
BBC Two Wales digital-only channel

For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 3. ... Digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom (which is also available on the Isle of Man and will one day be available on the Channel Islands) is made up of over fifty primarily free-to-air television channels (including all the national analogue stations) and over twenty radio channels from... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 4. ... BBC HD is the high-definition television channel launched by the BBC on a trial basis from May 15, 2006, with the first HD originated programme, Planet Earth, shown on May 27. ... BBC Parliament is a British television channel from the BBC. It broadcasts live and recorded coverage of the British House of Commons and House of Lords, Select Committees, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, and occasionally from the General Synod of the Church of England. ... The CBBC Channel is a British television service aimed at 6 to 13 year olds produced by the BBC. It complements the CBBC programming that continues to air on BBC One and BBC Two. ... CBeebies is a British television channel produced by the BBC and aimed at children six years and under. ... BBC 2W is a digital television channel run by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ...

International news channel

An international, commercially-funded twenty-four hour news channel, not officially available to UK viewers.

BBC World News (previously BBC World) is the BBCs international news and current affairs television channel. ...

BBC Worldwide channels

The BBC's wholly owned commercial subsidiary, BBC Worldwide, also operates several international television channels under BBC branding: BBC Worldwide Limited is the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation, formed out of a restructuring of its predecessor BBC Enterprises in 1995. ...

A US general entertainment channel, co-owned with Discovery Networks, showcasing British television programming.
A Canadian general entertainment channel, co-owned with Alliance Atlantis.
Also based in Canada and co-owned with Alliance Atlantis, and dedicated to children's programming.
Dedicated to the BBC's various cookery programmes, broadcasting via satellite television in southern Africa and Scandinavia.
Showcasing BBC programming via satellite television, available across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • BBC Lifestyle
Lifestyle programming, currently only available in Singapore and Hong Kong, but will expand into other markets in 2008.
Documentaries and factual programming, currently only available in Singapore and Hong Kong, but will expand into other markets in 2008.

The BBC also co-owns the following channels in joint ventures with other broadcasters. BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... BBC Canada is a general entertainment Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ... Alliance Atlantis Alliance Atlantis is a Toronto-based media company. ... BBC Kids is a Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel owned by Alliance Atlantis and BBC Worldwide. ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For other uses, see Scandinavia (disambiguation). ... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ... BBC Entertainment is the name of a BBC-branded general entertainment channel operated by the Corporations commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... BBC Lifestyle is a television channel operated by BBC Worldwide. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC Knowledge is the name of a television channel set to be launched in the near future by BBC Worldwide, the commercial division of the BBC. BBC Worldwide announced the move in the summer of 2006 which will result in BBC Knowledge, replaced as a television channel in the United... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

An entertainment channel in Australia and New Zealand, co-owned with Foxtel and RTL Group, carying drama and comedy programmes from the BBC, TalkbackTHAMES, ITV and Channel 4.
Commercial television network in the United Kingdom, co-owned with Virgin Media Television). The channels broadcast mainly BBC archive and specially produced programming.
Broadcast in Latin America, Spain and Portugal in both Spanish and Portuguese. Co-owned with Discovery Networks.
Wildlife channel co-owned with Discovery Networks. The channel broadcasts in many markets around the world.

BBC Japan was a general entertainment channel, which operated between December 2004 and April 2006. It ceased operations after its Japanese distributor folded. UKTV is a subscription television channel in Australia and New Zealand, screening UK entertainment programming, sourced mainly from the archives of the BBC, TALKBACKThames and ITV Plc. ... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... RTL Group (LuxSE: RTL) is Europes largest TV, radio and production company, and is majority-owned by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann. ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... talkbackTHAMES is a British television production company, a division of FremantleMedia (part of the RTL Group). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... This article is about the British television station. ... This article is about the UKTV network of channels in the UK and Ireland. ... Virgin Media Television (formerly known as Flextech) is a British television company and is entirely owned by the British cable company Virgin Media (previously known as NTL and Telewest) and acts as its television programme production arm. ... People+Arts is an arts television channel broadcasting to Spain, Portugal and Latin America. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... Animal Planet, launched in 1996, is a cable and satellite television network co-owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. ... Discovery Channel is a cable and satellite TV channel founded by John Hendricks which is distributed by Discovery Communications. ... BBC Japan was a television channel from the BBC available via satellite in Japan. ... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ...


See also

An incomplete list of popular BBC produced shows and shows originally produced for BBC TV: 0-9 2point4 children 8:15 from Manchester A A Picture of Britain Absolute Power Originally on BBC Radio 4 Absolutely Fabulous Ace Lightning Adam Adamant Lives! All About Me Allo Allo! Andy Pandy Angels... The history of BBC television idents starts in the early 1950s, when idents were first used by the BBC to differentiate each of their channels and create separate identites for them. ... Cathy Come Home, a 1966 entry into The Wednesday Play anthology series, voted the best drama and second highest programme overall in the British Film Institutes 2000 survey of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century. ... BBC Local Radio is the BBCs regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world through multiple technologies. ... The British Broadcasting Company Ltd was a British commercial company formed on October 18, 1922 by British and American electrical companies doing business in the United Kingdom. ... Year 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a timeline of the history of the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... // This is a list of early television stations of the 1920s and 1930s that were among the first in the world. ...

References

  1. ^ BBC Vision Press releaseBBC Press Office
  2. ^ Ofcom fines BBC £50,000 over 'Blue Peter'

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