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How to stay in television

Published 18 April 2020

BBCtv continuity announcer, reporter, actress and director Jacqueline Mackenzie tells us how to land – and keep – a role in television in 1958

A Superb Souvenir of the Year’s Television

Published 20 March 2020

Pete Singleton travels back to 1958 to find out what was making waves in television

How I grew up with ITV

Published 3 September 2018

Vic Gardiner of LWT remembers the first 25 years of ITV in 1980 – and his part in the network’s development

Tonight’s BBC Television Service… in 1953

Published 6 June 2018

A look at what was on television on Saturday 6 June 1953

“Sound On; Vision On”

Published 15 June 2017

By-ways of the BBC: exploring Ally Pally in 1938 [9/9]

Meet Mr Pastry

Published 1 May 2017

A 1955 interview with Richard Hearne, once one of Britain’s biggest TV stars and now all but forgotten

Avis Scott

Published 23 March 2017

A quick profile of BBCtv relief announcer Avis Scott from 1955

Adventures with Dimbleby

Published 20 February 2017

BBC Producer Stephen McCormack reveals what has gone on in making the London Town and About Britain programmes in 1955

Making the Camera Lie

Published 16 February 2017

The 1937 viewer may be surprised to learn that some parts of television are – gasp! – not real

This Thing Called Television

Published 17 December 2016

The BBC’s Norman Collins explains television for the benefit of new Midlands viewers

Television Comes to the Centre of England

Published 17 December 2016

The Radio Times explains the technical achievements in building the Sutton Coldfield transmitter in 1949

When I was in – at the start of TV

Published 10 November 2016

Commander A B Campbell tells the tale of his first appearance on TV

TV80: Television To-day

Published 2 November 2016

The BBC Handbook for 1938 looks back at the first year of television

How television talks are produced

Published 31 October 2016

Grace Wyndham Goldie explains the chaos that is making a television talk

Television returns in 1946

Published 3 October 2016

The BBC Yearbook for 1947 tells us how television returned in June 1946

Au Revoir, Television

Published 1 September 2016

A 1940 description of what television was doing just as the order came to shut it down

Broadcasting the Olympic Games

Published 22 August 2016

The BBC’s senior engineer explains how they broadcast the 1948 London Olympics

✎ Sylvia Peters 1925-2016

Published 28 July 2016

The Times newspaper today reports the death of Sylvia Peters, the BBC’s chief female announcer in the 1940s and 50s.

From Alexandra Palace to Elstree via satellite from Tokyo

Published 10 May 2016

In 1976, producer Bill Ward recalls his time at BBCtv and ATV

Tonight’s BBCtv… in 1960

Published 21 October 2015

A look at what was on the BBC Television Service on 21 October 1960

This announcing business

Published 17 June 2015

A 1954 interview with the BBC Television Service relief announcer Noëlle Middleton

Television comes to the Midlands

Published 10 December 2014

Television arrives in the Midlands in 1949

Celebrating 75 Years of BBC Television

Published 9 November 2011

The 75th Anniversary of the launch of the BBC Television Service from Alexandra Palace was commemorated by a small party at AP on Wednesday 2 November, 2011. Richard Elen was there to describe the scene.

It was 60 years ago today…

Published 3 November 2006

1946: The BBC Television Service re-opens.

The edit that rewrote history

Published 31 October 2005

Exploding the myth of TV’s 1939 closedown

The fools return to the hill

Published 18 March 2004

The politics behind television’s post-war return

Oh, that Symbol…

Published 1 December 2003

Abram Games creates the first animated TV identity

Television is coming back

Published 23 August 2003

1946 – and BBC Television makes plans after the war

The London Television Station

Published 9 July 2003

Take a tour of Alexandra Palace

The opening of the BBC Television Service

Published 3 July 2003

The BBC Television Service opens – twice

Baird’s independent television

Published 5 April 2003

Thanks to John Logie Baird, ITV nearly arrived 50 years early

The fools on the hill

Published 13 March 2003

The BBC embraces television – and a new service is born

Baird versus the BBC

Published 1 February 2003

JLB pioneers television – but John Reith needs convincing

The Fools On The Hill Return

Published 1 January 2002

Kif Bowden-Smith on the politics behind the return of TV in 1946

1964 and all that

Published 1 September 2001

Russ J Graham on a design revolution during a social revolution

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