BBC ‘Colourful One’

15 November 2019

It’s C-Day! The Controller of BBC-1 and an array of newspaper critics look at what colour will bring to the channel

Wake up to breakfast TV!

14 October 2019

Selina Scott, Frank Bough and Nick Ross are here to welcome you to Britain’s ‘first’ television breakfast show in 1983

Why balance should be banned

15 April 2019

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

Almost a silent night

24 December 2018

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

A year of colour

23 April 2018

David Attenborough looks back at a year of BBC-2 in colour

The BBC since 1958

19 March 2018

Sir Hugh Carleton Greene’s valedictory message to the BBC and the audience after he was pushed out as Director-General in late 1968

Audience Research

25 September 2017

A look at what’s popular and how popularity is measured from the BBC in 1961

The Television Centre – its significance for professional visitors

3 July 2017

From 1968, a look at why BBC Television Centre was attracting crowds… of other broadcasters

The Coronation Broadcasts

12 May 2017

The BBC’s coverage of the coronation of King George VI in 1937

Public service broadcasting – in 1949

23 January 2017

The former editor of the Daily Herald decides what is public service broadcasting and whether the BBC manages to produce it

This Thing Called Television

17 December 2016

The BBC’s Norman Collins explains television for the benefit of new Midlands viewers

Television returns in 1946

3 October 2016

The BBC Yearbook for 1947 tells us how television returned in June 1946

The Caversham Story

26 September 2016

BBC Monitoring is examined in 1950

Au Revoir, Television

1 September 2016

A 1940 description of what television was doing just as the order came to shut it down

Broadcasting the Olympic Games

22 August 2016

The BBC’s senior engineer explains how they broadcast the 1948 London Olympics

The War Game

8 October 2015

The Director-General steps in and bans broadcast of a docudrama

TV canteen

22 June 2015

TV Mirror pays a visit to Lime Grove’s studio canteen in 1954

Back Bone Cheer

30 March 2015

The BBC finally fights back against its critics

Pride of a Peacock

22 September 2014

The man who made BBC2

The second week

8 September 2014

As war comes to the world, the Radio Times is ready

Getting 2 colour

25 July 2014

The BBC encourages us to tune our sets correctly for BBC-2 and colour in 1968

The day television caught fire

23 July 2014

The big event that brought television into the lives of the masses

The BBC in 1982

15 June 2014

A BBC leaflet sent out with paper licences in 1982 gives us an outline of its history, organisation and policy

Too many cooks?

30 September 2010

Dave Hastings listens to Attenborough

Own worst enemy

18 September 2010

David Hastings on how the BBC isn’t helping its own defence

Back-door privatization?

8 April 2008

Selling off bits of Beeb

Charles Curran Revisited

1 July 2007

Better than his bad press deserves

Spaghetti Fool

1 April 2007

The spaghetti harvest of 50 years ago

Funding the BBC

1 April 2007

The end of the BBC as we know it?

Half-forgotten great

1 March 2007

Sir Ian Trethowan, BBC DG, profiled

What goes around comes around

19 October 2006

David Brockman looks back at the seventies and the then-massive BBC commitment to Network Production Centres outside London

The Director-General’s Chair

1 January 2006

This time, Glen Aylett takes on the BBC’s top job

The Controller’s Chair: BBC TV

2 July 2005

James Pittman takes on the whole shebang. Good luck.

BBC Under Fire – 80s Style

1 April 2005

The events of last year were just the latest, says Glenn Aylett

Nothing Better Than Something

1 January 2005

Richard Elen finds the Green Paper less dangerous than the DG

Getting the BBC out of the way

24 February 2004

Richard Elen asks if the BBC really needs far reaching change

The Controller’s Chair: BBC One

1 January 2004

Ian Beaumont takes over another channel

The Controller’s Chair: BBC Three

1 January 2004

Third time wasn’t so lucky for BBC Three. Give Ian Beaumont a go

Third time lucky

1 January 2004

David Hastings reviews the first few months of BBC Three

Three’s Company

1 January 2004

Will Tudor welcomes the arrival of BBC Three

Force majeure

1 January 2004

Russ J Graham wonders if BBC4 is a godsend or a ghetto

Defending Auntie

1 January 2004

Ian Beaumont supports the BBC


1 February 2003

Russ J Graham on the end of live presentation

The Fools On The Hill Return

1 January 2002

Kif Bowden-Smith on the politics behind the return of TV in 1946

This is Britain

1 January 2002

Robin Carmody watches post-war Britain frozen in time