Channel 62

Channel Television starts the day in 1962

Shotgun wedding

Has the IBA managed to bring peace to the Westward board room? And even if so, will they force Westward to merge with a rival bidder? Peter Fiddick of The Guardian speculates in October 1980

Between the lines

Granada Television starts the day on the evening of its new 7-day contract

Fast forward into a new century as TV tunes into the digital age

How Central’s new £15 million television centre in Birmingham uses state-of-the-art technology to put the ‘broad’ in broadcasting in 1996

How TV Commercials get made

Rediffusion’s advertising agency on what makes good and bad television ads in 1965

Morecambe and Wise

Meet the stars of ATV’s hit comedy sketch show in 1962

Broadcasting under Communism

Burton Paulu on how television and radio was organised under Communism in Europe in 1967


Millions tune in every Saturday to watch the wrestling on ITV in 1962

Minority Television in Action

The IBA celebrates diversity on ITV in 1983

Toddlers and the £750,000 Question

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

Marconi mobile television

In city, town or country, Marconi Outside Broadcast equipment is the toast of 1954 – see why in our new microsite


A special feature website on the relaunch of Rediffusion London in April 1964

The Magical World of the Andersons

A 1966 profile of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and their latest work of art: Thunderbirds

Where were Elton and Miss Piggy when the lights went out?

Elton John gives an interview to TVTimes to coincide with his appearance on The Muppet Show in 1977

The Rediffusion dictionary of TV English

A humorous look at potential Rediffusion slang from 1967

Tonight’s HTV and Channel 4… in 1990

A look at what was on HTV in Wales and the West and Channel 4 on Tuesday 19 June 1990

Tonight’s Thames Television and Channel 4… in 1985

A look at what was on Thames in London and Channel 4 on Wednesday 12 June 1985

Back in time for TV: 28 April-4 May 1965

HE Cooper takes a time machine back to 28 April-4 May 1965 for a look at what was on the telly

Tonight’s BBC Television Service… in 1953

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

Back in time for TV: 5-11 May 1966

HE Cooper takes a time machine back to 5-11 May 1966 for a look at what was on the telly

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1966

A look at what was on Granada in the north on Whit Monday 30 May 1966

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

✎ Made in Yorkshire

A Kickstarter campaign is launched to fund a documentary about YTV

✎ Sir Ken Dodd 1927-2018

Looking back at the life of Liverpool funnyman Ken Dodd

✎ Sit down, Nigel Barton

Dirty Feed has a great examination of the changes between the script and the production of 1965 Dennis Potter’s ‘Stand Up, Nigel Barton’ play