Turning Listeners into Viewers

5 May 2022

A review of the progress of the BBC Television Service

Why do children like their Television?

29 April 2022

The head of Children’s Television at the BBC explains why kids are drawn to the medium

The Romance of ‘Radio Times’

7 February 2022

Inside the huge task of printing and distributing 8 million copies of the Radio Times every week

BBC Television Builds a New City

31 January 2022

Huw Wheldon takes us around the new Television Centre, under construction in Shepherd’s Bush

Cat-swinging out in Queen Street

8 March 2021

BBC Scotland’s staff newsletter on the cramped conditions in Edinburgh

Full houses for first Scots TV show

22 February 2021

How did the launch of the BBC’s Kirk o’Shotts TV transmitter go down with viewers in 1952?

The Great TV War: a TV ‘Light’ could save the BBC

5 January 2021

BBCtv is dying in 1958 and here’s how to save it

The Great TV War

4 January 2021

BBCtv is dying in 1958 and here’s why

Television Service inaugurated by P.M.G.

2 November 2020

The opening-day speeches from the new BBC Television Service

BBC ‘Colourful One’

15 November 2019

It’s C-Day! The Controller of BBC-1 and an array of newspaper critics look at what colour will bring to the channel

Wake up to breakfast TV!

14 October 2019

Selina Scott, Frank Bough and Nick Ross are here to welcome you to Britain’s ‘first’ television breakfast show in 1983

Why balance should be banned

15 April 2019

In the aftermath of ‘Yesterday’s Men’ in 1971, Sean Day-Lewis argues we need more bias and less balance on the BBC

Almost a silent night

24 December 2018

CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED – almost. Gary Rodger takes us through the industrial dispute that almost closed the BBC at Christmas in 1978

A year of colour

23 April 2018

David Attenborough looks back at a year of BBC-2 in colour

The BBC since 1958

19 March 2018

Sir Hugh Carleton Greene’s valedictory message to the BBC and the audience after he was pushed out as Director-General in late 1968

Audience Research

25 September 2017

A look at what’s popular and how popularity is measured from the BBC in 1961

The Television Centre – its significance for professional visitors

3 July 2017

From 1968, a look at why BBC Television Centre was attracting crowds… of other broadcasters

The Coronation Broadcasts

12 May 2017

The BBC’s coverage of the coronation of King George VI in 1937

Making the Camera Lie

16 February 2017

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

In place of the advertised programme…

26 January 2017

The Radio Times talks about the thought that goes into postponing a programme

Public service broadcasting – in 1949

23 January 2017

The former editor of the Daily Herald decides what is public service broadcasting and whether the BBC manages to produce it

The BBC’s Advisory Bodies in 1968

29 December 2016

The Radio Times explains how the BBC used to go looking for advice

This Thing Called Television

17 December 2016

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

Thirty girls with TV secrets

8 December 2016

A fine slice of sexism from 1955

Television returns in 1946

3 October 2016

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

The Caversham Story

26 September 2016

BBC Monitoring is examined in 1950

Au Revoir, Television

1 September 2016

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

Broadcasting the Olympic Games

22 August 2016

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

The War Game

8 October 2015

The Director-General steps in and bans broadcast of a docudrama

TV canteen

22 June 2015

TV Mirror pays a visit to Lime Grove’s studio canteen in 1954

Back Bone Cheer

30 March 2015

The BBC finally fights back against its critics

Pride of a Peacock

22 September 2014

The man who made BBC2

The second week

8 September 2014

As war comes to the world, the Radio Times is ready

Getting 2 colour

25 July 2014

The BBC encourages us to tune our sets correctly for BBC-2 and colour in 1968

The day television caught fire

23 July 2014

The big event that brought television into the lives of the masses

The BBC in 1982

15 June 2014

A BBC leaflet sent out with paper licences in 1982 gives us an outline of its history, organisation and policy

BBC-2 News

15 June 2014

BBC-2 News for Spring 1968 brings you all the 625 and colour information you need

Too many cooks?

30 September 2010

Dave Hastings listens to Attenborough

Own worst enemy

18 September 2010

David Hastings on how the BBC isn’t helping its own defence

Back-door privatization?

8 April 2008

Selling off bits of Beeb

Charles Curran Revisited

1 July 2007

Better than his bad press deserves

Spaghetti Fool

1 April 2007

The spaghetti harvest of 50 years ago

Funding the BBC

1 April 2007

The end of the BBC as we know it?

Half-forgotten great

1 March 2007

Sir Ian Trethowan, BBC DG, profiled

What goes around comes around

19 October 2006

David Brockman looks back at the seventies and the then-massive BBC commitment to Network Production Centres outside London

A member of the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System
Liverpool, Saturday 25 June 2022