Features

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

‘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

Keeping them Wide Awake

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

The Sound of ILR

Some technical details of how Independent Local Radio sounds so different in 1977

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

The mike and I at Wembley

Ice hockey on the radio propels Stewart MacPherson from the press office at the Wembley Pool into a career with the BBC

‘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

Your own radio station

BBC Local Radio is coming: what’s in it for you?

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

Voices off guide the casting director

The TVTimes finds the secrets of Associated-Rediffusion’s casting director Weston Drury in 1956

Receiving the Home, Light and Third

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

All for the love of good food

Philip Harben introduces his new cookery show – The Grammar of Cookery – in 1964, part of ABC’s Headway adult education service

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