BBC at War

Antonia White looks at the BBC in 1939 and 1940

Broadcasting in Britain

A brief account of its engineering aspects

Bruce Forsyth


By-ways of the BBC

Exploring the BBC in 1938

David Heathcote

TBS editor David Heathcote tells the story of his life in and out of broadcasting

Freddy Grisewood

The story of the BBC at war


Granada's first year

Haldane Duncan


In the Public Interest

A six-part explanation of BBC policy in 1971

John Logie Baird

Baird's wife recalls life with her husband

Simon Dee


The Future of Television

Keith Waterhouse of the Daily Mirror's Spotlight on the Future of Television published in 1958

The old BBC

A history of the BBC from 1930

The Robert Fraser Lectures

The the first Director-General of the Independent Television Authority on how to make television special

Time in Broadcasting

The measurement and transmission of time signals by the BBC

Tyne Tees

ITV in the North East: 1959-2002

German Television

12 April 2024

Paul Fox, who died aged 98 this week, looks at how television in West Germany is thriving in 1969

Saving ITV

29 March 2024

Will the forthcoming collapse of LWT bring down the whole of ITV? Does the ITA or the government even care?

Broadcasting House, Glasgow

15 March 2024

In depth into the equipment installed in the BBC’s new Broadcasting House in Glasgow in 1938

Television in Britain

29 December 2023

Gerald Beadle of the BBC explains developments in British television to a New York audience

Q and A on colour TV

19 December 2023

When is it coming into service? How much will a set cost? Will it mean the end of black and white?

Double eye for the dual region

15 December 2023

What we could have won: ATV’s application for the Midlands ITV contract in 1980

Bending the ear of the IBA on a bell-filled summer’s night

15 December 2023

The IBA asks the people of Stoke-on-Trent for their opinions ahead of the next franchise round

You’re in Yorkshire Television

1 December 2023

Welcome to YTV, new employees!

Why advertise on Beacon?

17 November 2023

Beacon Radio now covers Shropshire as well as the West Midlands and the Black Country

A new look for the 90s

3 November 2023

A new look for Look North in Leeds

High Definition Television – A British Achievement

20 October 2023

There’s a lot for the British to be proud of when it comes to TV

Holme Moss

6 October 2023

All you ever needed to know about an engineering achievement high in the Pennines

Second Birthday

22 September 2023

ITV is two years old today. The managing directors celebrate, as does Associated-Rediffusion

How television works

8 September 2023

This new ‘television’ idea is getting popular, but how does it work?

All set for Saturday..?

25 August 2023

Scottish Television will be starting soon. Are you ready?

BBC North

11 August 2023

Introducing BBC North

The Lucerne Plan, 1934–1936

28 July 2023

Two years on, how well is Europe sticking to the wavelengths agreed at Lucerne?

Get set for radio changes…

14 July 2023

BBC radio stations are moving. Here’s how to find them

VHF: Sound Broadcasting at its best

30 June 2023

How the new VHF-FM broadcasting system will benefit you – and how to tune in

The BBC and the Pilkington Committee

16 June 2023

The BBC gets its response to the Pilkington Committee in early

T.V. Plans

2 June 2023

What’s coming up for television and radio beyond 1957?

Twenty millions put the B.B.C. in the dock

19 May 2023

Is the BBC fit for the hard work of covering the Coronation? And does it cost too much?

The Coronation broadcasts

6 May 2023

The BBC looks back at the Coronation earlier in 1937

It’s a small world

21 April 2023

A guide to shortwave radio from Philips

Thank Your Lucky Stars!

24 March 2023

The background to the innovative ABC pop show of the 1960s

Japan’s Eight Years of Broadcasting

10 March 2023

Radio is sweeping Japan, with 1.4m registered listeners

Permissiveness, Violence and the Producer

24 February 2023

Where does the responsibility lie for presenting violent or permissive material to a wide audience in the home environment?

Land-Lines for Broadcasting in Germany

10 February 2023

A detailed technical explanation of how Germany’s landline networking is monitored and supervised

Technical operations

27 January 2023

The technical side to getting television to your home… and to the transmitter

New European Wavelengths Plan

15 January 2023

An in-depth look at the Lucerne Plan for radio wavelengths in Europe in 1933

Europe’s Biggest Film Makers

4 November 2022

BBCtv uses more feet of film each year than Hollywood

Going Places

7 October 2022

The roving eye of the television camera can get anywhere these days, bringing sport and pageantry directly to your home

The New Pattern of Sound Broadcasting

30 September 2022

After 10 years, the BBC’s radio networks have started to drift. Here’s how they’re going to be put back on track

The ITA so far

22 September 2022

You probably can’t get the newly launched commercial television yet, but here’s how it works

How the new look will change ITV

22 September 2022

The franchise results are in. What will this mean for ITV in the 1980s?

A to Z of a Play

29 July 2022

The story of a live TV play from script to screen

Ocean Sound and me

15 July 2022

Tony Harding remembers the establishment of Ocean Sound

Champagne Breakfast

1 July 2022

The BBC’s new programme Breakfast Time has launched and the staff newspaper is full of praise

When Noddy and Twizzle met Lew Grade and a High Definition Television System…

24 June 2022

A look at the pre-history of Gerry Anderson and puppets on television

The BBC Television Centre

17 June 2022

A look around the BBC Television Centre as the first studio programme goes out and a party is thrown

On Conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra

3 June 2022

  I HAVE been asked to set down some thoughts on conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and I am happy and willing to do so since it allows listeners to…

Shock at the BBC

20 May 2022

Lord Hill is suddenly moved from the ITA to the BBC – to the horror of the staff at Broadcasting House

Ten Years of Technical Progress

6 May 2022

Looking back at the first ten years of technical developments at the BBC

Television in the Rhineland

22 April 2022

RCA tells the story of Westdeutscher Rundfunk

The Story of ANNOUNCERS and ANNOUNCING over Thirty Years

4 March 2022

Photographs and short biographies of fifty BBC announcers and news-readers

A member of the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System
Liverpool, Friday 12 April 2024