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History of U.K. TV since 1922

The launch of The Digital Network ( digital terrestrial television ) will have the same - if not bigger - impact as the arrival of colour did 43 years ago, opening up a whole new viewing experience for the British public.

1922

18th October: British Broadcasting Company formed
1st November: Broadcasting Licence Fee of 10 shillings (£0.50) introduced
14th November: First daily transmission from 2LO (London)
15th November: Birmingham (5IT) and Manchester (2ZY) stations brought into service
14th December: John Reith made General Manager of the BBC

1923

8th January: First outside broadcast
26th March: First daily weather forecast
28th September: Radio Times first published
8th November: First broadcast in Welsh from Cardiff
2nd December: First broadcast in Gaelic from Aberdeen

1924

5th February: First Greenwich Time Signal
17th February: First Big Ben daily time signal
23rd April: First broadcast by King George V

1927

1st January: British Broadcasting Corporation established by Royal Charter

1929

20th August: First BBC transmission of 30-line experimental television using Baird's studio

1930

31st March : First transmission of 30-line television with synchronised sound

1932

12th March: First broadcast from Broadcasting House
19th December: Short-wave Empire Service from Daventry inaugurated

1934

29th November: First broadcast of a Royal wedding, with world coverage (Duke of Kent and Princess Marina)

1936

2nd November: Official inauguration of world's first regular high-definition television service from Alexandra Palace
9th December: First televised cookery demonstration

1937

12th May: Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (radio and television). First use of television outside broadcast van

1938

3rd January: First BBC foreign-language service (Arabic)
30th June: John Reith resigned

1939

1st September: TV Service closed down. Home Service replaced National and Regional radio programmes

1940

7th January: Forces Programme began
15th October: Bomb exploded in Broadcasting House during nine o'clock news, seven deaths

1941

17th March: European Service moved to Bush House

1942

29th January: Desert Island Discs first broadcast

1943

13th June: Empire Service became Overseas Service

1945

29th July: Regional broadcasts renewed and Light Programme began

1946

7th June: BBC TV resumes after shutdown during World War II

1955

22th September: Launch of ITV

1962

11th June: First satellite transmission from USA via Telstar

1964

21st April: BBC2 launched in London (first 625 lines service)

1966

2nd June: TV pictures show live from moon's surface

1967

1st July: First regular BBC2 colour transmissions

1969

15th November: Colour begins on BBC1 and ITV

1982

2nd November: Launch of channel 4

1989

5th February: Launch of Sky satellite television

1997

31st March: Launch of channel 5

1998

31st October : Sky digital launch
15th November: U.K. Digital Terrestrial TV launch / ONdigital launch

The last quarter of 1998 launch of the Digital Network

1997

June: Licence awarded
November:
Set-top box specification agreed
December: CTI awarded transmission and distribution contract
December: Licence granted
December:
Multiplex Centre chosen

1998

January: Multiplex Centre construction begins
February:
CA system chosen

February: AMV BBDO appointed as advertising agency
March: Set-top box orders placed
March: the Digital network unveiled

April:
Retail trade hotline begins

Nov 15th Digital terrestrial service starts, including widescreen broadcasts

2001

June BBC’s first digital interactive programme

2002

May: Closure of ITV Digital (formerly ONdigital)
Oct 30th Opening of Freeview digital terrestrial service to replace ITV Digital multiplexes

2003

Dec 29th Regulation of commercial tv passes to Ofcom following merger of ITC with other regulatory bodies

2004

Jan 28th-29th BBC Chairman of Governors and Director General both resign in wake of Hutton Report
Feb 2nd Merger of Granada and Carlton is complete. Merged company is called ITV plc

2006

May: Start of high definition service

2007

Oct 17th First analogue switch-off: BBC2 signal at Whitehaven, Cumbria


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