Features

Coming your way soon – the voice of Radio Homespun

The government has promised to vanquish the pirates and then introduce local radio across the UK. But what will the new stations sound like? The Daily Express in 1966 listens in to Manx Radio to find out

Granada knocked

June 1970: a prolonged strike at Granada has just finished, but, the Financial Times asks, will they ever recover? And even if they do, surely Coronation Street is now doomed?

Almost a silent night

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

Color City

The grand opening of NBC’s new colour studios in Burbank, California, is celebrated by the ‘NBC Chimes’ staff magazine in 1955

ACTT members visit East Germany

Four members of the ACTT union go on a trip to East Germany in 1960 and like what they find

Hurricane Lew

A satirical profile of Sir Lew Grade from Barry Took in Punch magazine in 1972

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

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

Birmingham’s local millstone

Is Pebble Mill a white elephant? It has been, but that might be about to change says the Daily Telegraph in 1972

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

It’s Crossroads’ 3,000th Birthday

The TVTimes celebrates 3,000 years of ‘Crossroads’ in 1978 in a – frankly bonkers and baffling – celebratory article ‘written’ by ‘Meg Mortimer’

Newsletter – 29 January 1971

The goings on inside Thames in January 1971

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