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Radio Times
Christmas 2005 double issue
Editor Gill Hudson
Categories TV and Radio Listings
Frequency Weekly
First issue 28 September 1923
Company BBC Magazines
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Radio Times
ISSN 0033-8060
BBC portal

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History and publication

It was founded on 28 September 1923, and originally carried details of BBC radio programmes in response to a newspaper boycott of radio listings. It was at one time the magazine with the largest circulation in the UK. Until deregulation of television listings in 1991, the Radio Times carried only listings for BBC channels, while the ITV-published magazine, the TV Times, carried only ITV and (from 1982) Channel Four listings.[1] Today both publications carry listings for all major terrestrial (analogue and digital), cable and satellite television channels in the United Kingdom. A number of similar magazines, from independent publishers, also exist. However, the Radio Times still lives up to its name by being the most comprehensive source of UK radio listings in print, and also since the 22 May 2007 edition has carried two extra pages of TV listings per day as part of a slight tweak in the publication's format, bringing it up to 10 pages of listings for TV a day in total. is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... The TV Times is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Analog television (or analogue television) encodes television and transports the picture and sound information as an analog signal, that is, by varying the amplitude and/or frequencies of the broadcast signal. ... Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV or DTT) is an implementation of digital technology to provide a greater number of channels and/or better quality of picture and sound using aerial broadcasts to a conventional antenna (or aerial) instead of a satellite dish or cable connection. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Radio Times is published on Tuesdays (its publication day having gradually over many years moved forward from Fridays) and carries listings for the following Saturday through to Friday (this began in 1960, before which issues ran Sunday to Saturday; the changeover meant that Saturday 8 October 1960 was listed twice). A special, often double, issue is published each Christmas (a tradition since 1969), in common with most other listing magazines. This usually features a generic festive artwork, atypical for the magazine which since the 1970s has almost exclusively used photographic covers. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


There are several regional editions, which each contain different listings for regional programming. All editions carry variations for adjoining regions and local radio listings. There are now fewer regional editions than there once were because fewer variations in the schedules have led to merging of several editions. The most recent of these is when the Midlands and London/Anglia versions merged into one in August 2007. The exception to this process of merging is Wales, which used to be part of a larger Wales/West (of England) version, mirroring the HTV region.
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. ... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ...

Edition BBC regions ITV regions Other channels
London/Anglia/Midlands BBC London, BBC East, BBC Midlands, BBC East Midlands ITV London, ITV Anglia, ITV Central
South/West/South West BBC South, BBC South East, BBC West, BBC South West ITV Meridian, ITV West, ITV Westcountry, ITV Channel Television
Yorkshire/North East/North West BBC Yorkshire, BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, BBC North East and Cumbria, BBC North West ITV Yorkshire, ITV Tyne Tees, ITV Granada
Scotland/Border BBC Scotland, BBC North East and Cumbria STV (North and Central), ITV Border
Wales BBC Wales ITV Wales S4C
Northern Ireland BBC Northern Ireland UTV RTÉ, TV3

The Radio Times was once edited by the British lyricist and entertainer Eric Maschwitz, and is currently edited by Gill Hudson. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Norfolk and Suffolk, the core area of East Anglia. ... The midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... BBC London is the brand for the BBCs tri-media radio, television and online service for London and its immediate environs. ... BBC East is the BBC English Region that produces local television and radio programming for Norfolk, Suffolk, northern Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, southern Northamptonshire andBuckinghamshire. ... The Mailbox, current home to BBC Birmingham BBC Birmingham is one of the oldest regional arms of the BBC. It was the first region outside of London to start broadcasting both the corporations radio (in 1922) and television (in 1949) transmissions from the Sutton Coldfield television transmitter. ... BBC East Midlands is the BBC English Region covering Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, most of Derbyshire and parts of western and southern Lincolnshire. ... ITV London is the collective brand name and identity used by ITV plc for the ITV1 television channel in the London region. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Southern England is a vague term referring to the south of England. ... The West of England is a loose term given to the area surrounding the City and County of Bristol, England and includes the counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire and, possibly, Dorset. ... This article is about the region. ... BBC South is the BBC English Region producing local television, radio, web and teletext content for West Sussex, Hampshire, eastern Dorset, western Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight. ... BBC South East is the BBC English Region producing local television, radio, web and teletext content for Kent and East Sussex. ... BBC West is the BBC English Region covering the local radio editorial areas of [[Bristol], Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. ... BBC South West is the BBC English Region producing local television, radio, web and teletext content for Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands. ... ITV Meridian Ltd (formerly and more commonly known as Meridian Broadcasting) is the holder of the ITV franchise for South and South East England[1]. It has been broadcasting since 1 January 1993, when it replaced TVS. The main headquarters were situated at studios in Northam, Southampton (previously used by... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ... Westcountry Television is the ITV franchise holder in the South West of England, replacing its predecessor, TSW (Television South West), on 1 January 1993. ... The current Channel TV ident Channel Television (CTV) is a British television station which has served as an Independent Television (ITV), contractor to the Channel Islands since 1962. ... For other uses, see Yorkshire (disambiguation). ... North-East England is one of the nine official regions of England and comprises the combined area of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and a small part of North Yorkshire. ... -1... BBC Yorkshire is one of the English regions of the BBC. It was formed from the division of the former BBC North region into BBC Yorkshire and BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, based in Hull. ... BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire is the name for the BBCs twelfth English region, created from the division of the former BBC North region, based in Leeds (now known as BBC Yorkshire). ... BBC North East and Cumbria is the BBC English Region covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and all but the Southern part of Cumbria. ... BBC North West is the BBC English Region covering Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, the northern parts of Cheshire, the north-western portion of Derbyshire and southern Cumbria. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Tyne Tees Television is the ITV television contractor for North East England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the country. ... The Border country is the hilly area of Lowland Scotland on the border between Scotland and England. ... BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... BBC North East and Cumbria is the BBC English Region covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and all but the Southern part of Cumbria. ... This article is about the Scottish television network. ... Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North of Scotland, based in Aberdeen. ... Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotlands largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since August 31, 1957. ... ITV Border Ltd (formerly and more commonly known as Border Television, or simply Border) is the ITV franchisee for the border region between England and Scotland (including the south of Scotland, much of Cumbria and, until December 2006, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed), and also the Crown dependency of... This article is about the country. ... BBC Wales (Welsh: ) is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation for Wales. ... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ... This article is about the constituent country. ... BBC Northern Ireland is the main public service broadcaster in Northern Ireland. ... For other uses of the UTV acronym, see UTV (disambiguation) UTV (formerly Ulster Television) is the ITV franchise for Northern Ireland. ... Radio Telefís Éireann[1] (RTÉ; IPA: ,  ) is the Public Service Broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland. ... TV3 Ireland is the sole commercial terrestrial television channel in the Republic of Ireland. ... Editing is the process of preparing language, images, or sound through correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications in various media. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Eric Maschwitz (1901-1969) (sometimes credited as Holt Marvell) was a British entertainer, writer and broadcaster. ...


Between 1929 and 1991 it had a highbrow sister publication, The Listener. The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC under Lord Reith in January 1929. ...


In August 2005, the Audit Bureau of Circulations assessed its circulation at 1.1 million copies per week. Although exact figures are not available from the publisher (BBC Worldwide) it claims to be the most profitable magazine in Britain (according to Ariel, the BBC in-house newspaper). The Audit Bureau of Circulations is one of the several organizations of the same name operating in different parts of the world. ... 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. ... Ariel is the in-house magazine/newspaper of the BBC, named after the statue of Shakespeares Prospero and Ariel by Eric Gill on the front of the BBCs Broadcasting House, London. ...


In the years after deregulation of television listings in 1991, there was outcry from other listings magazines that Radio Times was advertised on the BBC (as well as on commercial channels), saying it gave unfair advantage to the publication. The case went to court, but the outcome was that as the Radio Times had close connections with the BBC it would be allowed to be advertised by the corporation; however, it must be a static picture of the cover, and that the clear disclaimer "Other television listings magazines are available" be given (leading to the phrase entering common public usage for a time).[citation needed] By the early 2000s, advertisements for the publication had become sparse on the BBC, and since 2005 BBC magazines, including the Radio Times, are no longer advertised or promoted on BBC television and radio channels following a commercial review by the BBC.


Covers

A 1972 Doctor Who cover - illustration by Frank Bellamy. [1]
A 1972 Doctor Who cover - illustration by Frank Bellamy. [1]
Some of the cast of EastEnders on the cover of the Radio Times in February 1985.

To appear on the cover of the Radio Times is great publicity for a show, especially since most independent listings magazines tend to put soaps on the cover. Since the magazine is a BBC publication, covers have a BBC bias (in 2005, 31 of the 51 issues had BBC-related covers). Doctor Who is the most represented programme on the cover, appearing on 29 issues (with 35 separate covers due to multiples) in the 45 years since the programme began.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the television series. ... Frank Bellamy (born 21 May 1917, died 5 July 1976) was a British comics artist, best known for his work on the Dan Dare strip, on which he replaced Frank Hampson. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Albert Square in the 1980s. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... This article is about the television series. ... An Unearthly Child (also known as 100,000 BC, among other titles, see below) is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts from 23 November to 14 December 1963. ...


Most covers consist of a single side of glossy paper. However, the magazine often uses double or triple-width covers that open out for large group photographs, while events such as Crufts or new series of popular programmes are marked by producing several different covers for collectors. Sporting events with more than one of the Home Nations taking part are often marked with a differ covers for each nation, showing their own team. The second series of Life on Mars, meanwhile, was marked by the Radio Times producing a mock-up of a 1973-style cover promoting the series, placed on page 3 of the magazine. Crufts is an annual international Championship conformation show for dogs hosted by the Kennel Club (UK), currently held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, England. ... Home Nations (often written as the common noun home nations) is a term used to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — collectively but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a state. ... Life on Mars is a BAFTA and International Emmy award-winning British television drama series, which was first shown on BBC One in January and February 2006. ...


Radio Times Guide to Films

Since 2000, BBC Worldwide has published the Radio Times Guide to Films, featuring more than 21,000 films in a 1,707-page book. The 2006 edition was edited by Kilmeny Fane-Saunders and featured an introduction by Barry Norman, former presenter of the BBC's Film Programme. 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. ... Barry Norman (b. ... Film 2006 is a weekly film review show on the BBC. The first series was broadcast in 1972 under the title Film 72, and the title has been updated annually to match the year of broadcast. ...


The Radio Times Guide to Films 2007 is introduced by Andrew Collins. For other persons of the same name, see Andrew Collins. ...


There are also similar publications, the Radio Times Guide to Comedy and the Radio Times Guide to Science-Fiction.


Website

The Radio Times website uses hCalendar microformats, so that individual listing entries can be downloaded directly into calendar applications. hCalendar is a Microformat standard for displaying a semantic XHTML representation of iCalendar-format calendar information on web pages. ...


Bibliography

  • Tony Currie (2001) The "Radio Times" Story, Kelly Publications, ISBN 1-903053-09-9

References

  1. ^ THE GOOD NEW TIMES ... THE BRADSHAW OF BROADCASTING: 1980s - 2000 by Robin Carmody, July 2000, Off the Telly
  2. ^ TV & Radio Bits - Radio Times Covers

External links

  • Radio Times home page Has over 400 tv and radio channels listed that can be personalised. The site also contains a free film database of over 22,000 film reviews, programme guides, downloads, blogs and competitions.
  • TV & Radio Bits: A collection of Radio Times covers, and selected listings
  • Vintage Times: Unofficial Radio Times covers website

Radio Times | TV Times | TV Quick | TV Plus | What's On TV | TV & Satellite Week | TV Easy | Total TV Guide | TV Choice The TV Times is a television listings magazine published in the United Kingdom. ... Front cover of the TV Quick The TV Quick is a British weekly TV listing magazine that is published by family-run German company H Bauer Publishing[1]. It features the TV listings of the week from a Saturday to the following Friday and is sold every Tuesday. ... Whats On TV is a weekly television listing magazine published by IPC Media. ... TV & Satellite Week is a TV listings magazine published in the United Kingdom by IPC Media, a subsidiary of TimeWarner. ... TV Easy is a television mass market, listings magazine notable for its compact size. ...


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