Features

Why balance should be banned

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

Both sides of the camera

Our new subsite goes behind the cameras at ABC in Didsbury, Aston and Teddington in 1960

Shoestring splendours

In 1969 Ted Willis told the House of Lords it was time for ITV to consolidate. Did a trip to the Westward and Scottish studios change his mind?

Tonight’s Granada TV… in 1966

Travel back to this day in 1966 to find out what’s on Granada

Back in time for TV: 1973

H E Cooper takes her time machine back to 1973 to find out what was on the telly…

Tonight’s ABC North… in 1966

Travel back to this day in 1966 to find out what’s on ABC in the North

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

Commercials? You’ll love ’em!

From the vaults: Tyne Tees Television’s ‘The Viewer’ listings magazine explains television advertisements to a new audience in 1959

Monument to an Engineer’s Hobby

Westinghouse recalls the history of KDKA in 1939

It’s funny how careful an announcer must be

Meet David Geary, Anglia’s new newsreader in 1973

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

Track in on… Len Fraser, Prop and Mainstay

Peter Ling pops to Wembley to talk to Len Fraser in the Property Store in 1959

Track in on… Des McCormack looking after P——!

Peter Ling visits the first floor office of property master Des McCormack in 1959

Track in on… Pam Elliott who made up her mind

Peter Ling watches Pam Elliott wield a panstick for Rediffusion in 1958

Track in on… Albert Short for general post

Peter Ling pops up to the second floor to meet Albert Short, head of the post room

Track in, as… Tony Hulley steps on to the floor

Peter Ling goes down on to the studio floor to meet FM Tony Hulley in 1958

A pretty busy girl

A painfully sexist 1959 profile of actress Ann Taylor

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

Bringing you the latest news…

Something we just found from ITN, and it’s amazing

Locally great, globally useless

A decision has been made that makes Independent Local Radio less independent, less local and less good radio, says David Heathcote

Routine Sheet Database

A new resource from Transdiffusion… but what now?