Features

Back in time for TV: 1971

H E Cooper takes her time machine back to 1971 to find out what was on the telly…

Scandal FM

Ofcom plans to further deregulate Independent Local Radio. But are things already too lax? Come hear the tale of political corruption at an ILR station in 1994

The edit that rewrote history

From the vaults: The most famous closedown in television history didn’t happen in the way we remember it. First published in 2005

Sydney is beaut

Rediffusion seconded their assistant head of casting to ATN 7 in Melbourne in 1967. Here she reports back on the television scene in Australia

Record, play, pause

From doing the cinema live to doing the stage on video, television’s mise en scène keeps changing… whilst still staying the same

Never on a Sunday

The British cabinet discusses what ITV should be showing on Sunday afternoons in 1955

Haldane Duncan 1945-2018

Scottish television director Haldane Duncan has died aged 73. Read his autobiography we first published in 2006

A World Listened and Watched

How the four American networks – ABC, CBS, Mutual and NBC – covered the assassination of President Kennedy

Toddlers and the £750,000 Question

Lord Hill of Luton on ending the Toddlers’ Truce and handing £750,000 to ITV

Waterfall watermark

How do you get watermarked paper for your new ITV company when you can’t afford watermarked paper?

They watch your viewing

The Independent Television Authority took on new powers in 1964. The TVTimes in February 1965 explains what these are and how the ITA is structured

‘Early Bird’ spreads its wings

The first geostationary satellite linking Europe and North America goes into service in 1965

Tory-Weighted Programmers For Britain’s Comm’l TV Spark Rumpus

The first ITV contracts are announced in November 1954… but, as Variety reports, politicians are worried

Oswald shooting a first in television history

The first murder ever seen live on television

The dimension JFK added to television

A life – and death – lived on television

ABC’s Religious Training Scheme

All television production requires training, especially when it’s amateurs in front of the camera. In 1959, ABC Weekend set out to teach the vicars, priests and bishops of Britain how to work in TV

Back in time for TV: BBC-2

Han Cooper takes her time machine back to 1964 to watch the output of the brand new BBC-2

How wrestling can get a hold on you

ATV’s new wrestling sitcom ‘The Losers’ gives the TVTimes an excuse to look behind the world of professional wrestling in 1978

Musical break for Julie

Meet the co-host of ABC’s The Sunday Break in 1959: starlet Julie Stevens

Sentenced to death

Rediffusion’s chairman tears the ITA to shreds in his final address to shareholders in December 1967

Tempo: the impact of television on the arts

Angus Wilson reviews the contribution made to the arts by ABC Weekend TV’s ‘Tempo’ in 1964

Freddie Phillips

You know him from Trumpton and Camberwick Green. We know him from his 8 daily start-up pieces for BBC-1 (two on Sundays) in use 1964-7. Have a listen to them on our SoundCloud channel

Television starts the day

Listen to Television start the day each day on Transdiffusion’s free SoundCloud playlist

Quick march

On retransmission stations of the internet, this is the Transdiffusion Broadcasting System

Routine Sheet Database

A new resource from Transdiffusion… but what now?

Get Zzzapped!

A new website goes in depth into the 1990s television comic ‘Zzzap!’

I shall say goodnight till it be morrow

The end came for the BBC Two 2s last night