News & Sport

Jack Solomons’ Scrapbook

1 9 5 5 - 1 9 5 6 (UK) Boxing promoter Jack Solomons introduced action from big fights in Jack Solomons' Scrapbook. Solomons showed film of famous bouts, and in 1956 - the year when Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated World Heavyweight Champion - Solomons recalled Marciano's defeat of Archie Moore the previous year.

Match of the Day

1 9 6 4 - Current (UK) BBC's seasonal weekly football magazine Match of the Day was first broadcast in 1964. For the first two years of its illustrious career it screened on BBC2. The kick-off game saw Liverpool defeat Arsenal 3 - 2. Commentators have included Kenneth Wolstenholme (the best ever), Alan Weeks, Wally Barnes, David Coleman,(...)

Moon Landing (ITV)

1 9 6 9 (UK) The televised coverage of the Moon landing was ITV's longest-ever production - from 6:00 pm on 20 July to 9:00 am the following morning. News and comments on the Moon mission alternated with David Frost's gala variety show and phone-in session. Alastair Burnet headed ITN's team in the "Moon Studio"(...)

News At Ten

1 9 6 7 - Current (UK) TV broke new ground in July 1967 with the introduction of News At Ten - an extended (30 minute) late evening news programme covering the daily news stories and looking at important issues in much greater detail than their previous 12-minute bulletin, which had screened at 8:55pm. Two presenters were used(...)

Newsday

1 9 7 4 - 1 9 7 8   (UK) One night in May 1976, Peter Woods, the baggy eyed anchorman of BBC2's Newsday programme, seemed to stumble and his speech was slurred. Robin Day, who had cued him in to interview William Whitelaw, swiftly took over the interview himself. 90 minutes later, after the switchboard had(...)

Newsnight

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Panorama

1 9 5 3 - Current (UK) Richard Dimbleby's previous career high spot was quite possibly the coronation, but he was to become firmly associated with a programme that began its long history at the tail end of 1953: Panorama - the longest running Current Affairs programme anywhere in the world. The only thing the early episodes had in(...)

Pot Black

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Sportsnight

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Sportsview

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 6 8 (UK) British television's great scoop of 1954 was achieved by the new series Sportsview. On 6 May their cameras covered a minor athletics meeting at Oxford and captured Roger Bannister becoming the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, For years, the programme was a(...)

This Day Tonight

1 9 6 7 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) Commonly abbreviated to TDT, This Day Tonight was Australia’s first nightly current affairs television show. It first aired on 10 April 1967 and found itself immersed in controversy almost immediately. Its reports and influence led to libel suits and other legal action, sackings, suspensions, strikes, official inquiries,(...)

This Hour Has Seven Days

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (Canada) 50 x 60 minute episodes This Hour Has Seven Days has repeatedly been cited as the most exciting and innovative public affairs television series in the history of Canadian TV broadcasting. It was certainly the most popular, drawing more than three million viewers at the time it(...)

This Week

1 9 5 6 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 2 (UK) This Week was ITV's answer to Panorama. The first edition had a film about Dr Otto John's defection in West Germany and an interview with a television quiz winner, and was presented by Leslie Mitchell from a restaurant in(...)

Today

1 9 5 2 - Current (USA) Today debuted on 14 January 1952 and was the first of its genre on American television in the world. Originally a two-hour program on weekdays, it expanded to Sundays in 1987 and Saturdays in 1992. The weekday broadcast expanded to three hours in 2000, and to four hours in(...)

Tonight

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) Tonight was broadcast every weekday, beginning in 1957 with an audience of just 1 million, but by the end of the year soaring past the 5 million mark. The start of Tonight followed the death of the magazine Picture Post, and some of the show's most popular contributors came from(...)

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