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

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

‘ITV was the start of the Coca-colonisation of Britain’

In 1980, Jack Tinker, theatre critic of the Daily Mail, turns his unsympathetic eye to the launch of ITV in 1955

Receiving the Home, Light and Third

Hints on receiving the Home Service, Light and Third Programmes from BBC Engineering in 1951

Far from routine

A random day at Thames in 1970… planned to the very second

Keeping them Wide Awake

Inside TV-am’s popular children’s magazine show, the Wide Awake Club, in 1988

A World Listened and Watched

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

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

This is Thames

A 1979 promotional leaflet gives us a glimpse inside Thames Television’s plans for the 1980s

‘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

Tonight’s ABC Weekend TV… in 1964

A look at what was on ABC Weekend TV in the North on Saturday 31 October 1964

Tonight’s BBC-1… in 1965

A look at what was on BBC-1 in the North on Sunday 24 October 1965

Tonight’s ITV… in 1974

A look at what was on across ITV on Friday 11 October 1974

This week’s ITV children’s programmes… in 1974

A look at what was on ITV for children this week in 1974

Tonight’s ABC Midlands… in 1964

A look at what was on in the Midlands on Saturday 26 September 1964

Tonight’s Anglia TV… in 1971

A look at what was on in the east of England on Sunday 19 September 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