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November 4, 2019


This is a timeline of the history of the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).==1920s==
1922 18 October – The British Broadcasting Company
(BBC) is formed. 14 November – First BBC broadcasts from
London (station 2LO). 15 November – First broadcasts from Birmingham
(station 5IT) and Manchester (station 2ZY). 24 December – First broadcast from Newcastle
upon Tyne (station 5NO).1923 8 January – First outside broadcast, the
British National Opera Company’s production of The Magic Flute from Covent Garden. 18 January – The UK Postmaster General grants
the BBC a licence to broadcast. 13 February – First broadcast from Cardiff
(station 5WA). 6 March – First broadcast from Glasgow (station
5SC). 6 June – Edgar Wallace makes a report on
The Derby, thus becoming the first British radio sports reporter. 28 September – First publication of the
Radio Times listings magazine (price 2d). 10 October – First broadcast from Aberdeen
(station 2BD). 17 October – First broadcast from Bournemouth
(station 6BM). 16 November – First broadcast from Sheffield
(relay station 2FL).1924 28 March – First broadcast from Plymouth
(relay station 5PY). 23 April – First broadcast by King George
V, opening the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium. 1 May – First broadcast from Edinburgh (relay
station 2EH). 11 June – First broadcast from Liverpool
(relay station 6LV). 8 July – First broadcast from Leeds and
Bradford (relay station 2LS). 21 July – An experimental long-wave station
(5XX) is established at the Chelmsford works of the Marconi Company. 15 August – First broadcast from Kingston
upon Hull (relay station 6KH). 14 September – First broadcast from Belfast
(station 2BE). 16 September – First broadcast from Nottingham
(relay station 5NG). 21 October – First broadcast from Stoke-on-Trent
(relay station 6ST). 12 November – First broadcast from Dundee
(relay station 2DE). 12 December – First broadcast from Swansea
(relay station 5SX).1925 27 July – Long-wave station 5XX moves from
Chelmsford to Daventry and becomes the first British radio station to achieve near national
coverage: the first step in the establishment of the BBC National Programme.1926
4 May – The General strike begins. The BBC broadcasts five news bulletins a day
as no newspapers and Radio Times are published.1927 1 January – The British Broadcasting Company
becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter. Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General. 15 January – First live sports broadcast
on the BBC. The rugby union international England v Wales
is commented on by Teddy Wakelam. 22 January – First live football match broadcast,
featuring Arsenal’s home league fixture against Sheffield United from Highbury. January – First BBC reference library established
by Florence Milnes. March – The BBC coat of arms is adopted. 7 July – Christopher Stone presents a record
programme, becoming the first British disc-jockey. 21 August – The first high-powered regional
station (5GB), forerunner of the Midland Regional Programme, opens at Daventry.1928
2 January – The first edition of The Daily Service is broadcast. It was originally called A Short Religious
Service but was renamed The Daily Service in July.1929
20 August – First transmissions of John Logie Baird’s experimental 30-line television
system.==1930s==
1930 9 March – The majority of the BBC’s existing
radio stations are regrouped to form the BBC National Programme and the BBC Regional Programme. 14 July – Transmission of the first experimental
television play, The Man With the Flower in His Mouth. 30 September – Number of radio licences
reaches 12 million “or roughly every second home in the country”.1931
2 June – First live outside broadcast with transmission of The Derby.1932
15 March – The first radio broadcast is made from Broadcasting House. 15 May – Broadcasting House, the BBC’s headquarters
and home to its main radio studios, is officially opened. 22 August – The first, experimental television
broadcast is made from Broadcasting House. 19 December – The Empire Service (precursor
of the World Service) launches, broadcasting on shortwave from Daventry’s Borough Hill. 25 December – King George V becomes the
first monarch to deliver a Christmas Day message by radio, on the Empire Service.1933
No events.1934 No events.1935
No events.1936 2 November – The BBC opens the world’s first
regular high-definition television service, from Alexandra Palace.1937
24 April – The very first children’s television show For the Children. 12 May – First use of TV outside broadcast
van, to cover the procession that followed the coronation of King George VI and Queen
Elizabeth. 21 June – The BBC broadcasts television
coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time. 16 September – The BBC makes the world’s
first live television broadcast of a football match, a specially arranged local mirror match
derby fixture between Arsenal and Arsenal reserves.1938
3 January – The BBC begins broadcasting its first foreign-language radio service,
in Arabic. 30 April – The BBC broadcasts television
coverage of the FA Cup for the first time. 27 September – Start of the European Service
on radio, broadcasting in French, German and Italian. Portuguese and Spanish are added before the
start of the Second World War.1939 Creation of BBC Monitoring
1 September – The BBC Television Service is suspended, about 20 minutes after the conclusion
of a Mickey Mouse cartoon (Mickey’s Gala Premiere), owing to the imminent outbreak of the Second
World War and amid fears that the VHF transmissions would act as perfect guidance beams for enemy
bombers attempting to locate central London. Additionally, the service’s technicians and
engineers will be needed for such war efforts as the development of radar. On radio, the National and Regional Programmes
are combined to form a single Home Service.==1940s==
1940 7 January – Start of the BBC Forces Programme
on radio, precursor of the post-war Light Programme. 11 May – The BBC starts a news service in
Hindi.1941 The BBC European Service moves to Bush House
in Central London.1942 29 January – The first edition of Desert
Island Discs is broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme.1943
No events.1944 27 February – BBC General Forces Programme
replaces the BBC Forces Programme (also broadcast on shortwave).1945
29 July – Regional radio programming resumes on the Home Service (on the same medium-wave
frequencies as used pre-war by the Regional Programme), while on the same day a new Light
Programme begins, using the long-wave frequency of the pre-war National Programme. 9 October – The first edition of Today in
Parliament is broadcast.1946 7 June – BBC Television broadcasts (405
lines) resume after the war including the coverages of cricket and Wimbledon Tennis. One of the first programmes shown is the Mickey
Mouse cartoon from 1939. 29 September – The Third Programme starts
broadcasting on radio.1947 7 October – Adelaide Hall singing at a RadiOlympia
variety show is the oldest surviving telerecorded programme in Britain. 9 November – First use of telerecording
of an outside broadcast: the Service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph is televised live, and a
telerecording shown that evening. 20 November – The wedding of Princess Elizabeth
and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh is televised by the BBC. It is watched by an estimated 400,000 viewers.1948
29 July – The London Olympic Games is televised. 26 December – The first Reith Lecture is
broadcast on radio.1949 17 December – For the first time television
extends beyond London when the Sutton Coldfield transmitter starts broadcasting, providing
television reception across the Midlands.==1950s==1950
21 May – Lime Grove television studios open. 27 August – First live television from the
European continent, using BBC outside broadcast equipment.1951
1 January – First broadcast of The Archers, now the world’s longest-running soap opera. 12 October – Television extends to the north
of England following the switching on of the Holme Moss transmitting station.1952
14 March – Television becomes available in Scotland for the first time following the
switching on of the Kirk o’Shotts transmitting station. 15 August – Television becomes available
in Wales for the first time following the switching on of the Wenvoe transmitting station.1953
1 May – Television becomes available in Northern Ireland for the first time although
initially from a temporary transmitter, brought into service in time for the Queen’s Coronation. A permanent mast at Divis is brought into
service in 1955. 2 June – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II in Westminster Abbey is televised by the BBC and watched live by an estimated audience
of 20 million people in the United Kingdom. 11 November – The first edition of Panorama
is presented by Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy. Panorama is the world’s longest-running current
affairs programme and retains a peak-time slot to this day. Watch With Mother, the iconic pre-schoolers
strand, debuts. It was replaced with the see saw branding
in 1975.1954 11 January – The very first in-vision weather
forecast is broadcast, presented by George Cowling. Previously, weather forecasts had been read
by an off-screen announcer with a weather map filling the entire screen. 5 July – BBC newsreader Richard Baker reads
the first televised BBC News bulletin. 30 December – The first BBC Sports Personality
of the Year award takes place.1955 2 May – The BBC begins broadcasting its
radio service on VHF (FM), using the Wrotham transmitter. September – Kenneth Kendall becomes the
BBC’s first in-vision newsreader, followed by Richard Baker and Robert Dougall. 10 October – Alexandra Palace begins test
transmissions of a 405-line colour television service.1956
28 March – Television transmissions begin from the new Crystal Palace site in south
London.1957 The first broadcast of Test Match Special
takes place, providing listeners with ball-by-ball cricket commentary for the first time. 24 April – The Sky at Night, a monthly astronomy
programme presented by Sir Patrick Moore, is first broadcast. 24 September– The first programmes for schools
are broadcast. September – The first broadcasts of regional
news bulletins took place. 30 September – Launch of Network Three,
a strand of adult-education broadcasts transmitted on the frequencies of the Third Programme
in the early part of weekday evenings. 25 December – First TV broadcast of the
Queen’s Christmas Day message.1958 The BBC introduces a new 3 box system logo. The logo featured slanted lettering within
upright boxes. 5 May – First experimental transmissions
of a 625-line television service. 10 October – First broadcast of the United
Kingdom’s multi-sport television show Grandstand. 16 October – First broadcast of the United
Kingdom’s longest-running children’s television show Blue Peter.1959
The BBC North East and Cumbria region is created with localised bulletins from Newcastle-upon-Tyne
aired for the first time. Previously, the area was part of a pan-Northern
region based in Manchester.==1960s==1960
26 March – BBC Television televises the Grand National for the first time. 19 June – Nan Winton becomes the BBC’s first
national female newsreader. 29 June – BBC Television Centre opens. 8 October – The BBC Television Service is
renamed as BBC TV.1961 No events.1962
4 January – Popular sitcom Steptoe and Son begins. 27 June – The Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting
publishes its report into the future of UK broadcasting. Long its recommendations are the introduction
of colour television licenses, that Britain’s third national television channel should be
awarded to the BBC and that the BBC should extend its activities to the creation of local
radio stations in order to prevent the introduction of commercial radio. 28 August – Experimental stereo radio broadcasts
begin. The BBC runs a series of closed circuit experiments
in local radio from a variety of locations across England.1963
The BBC Logo had to improve to slant the boxes with the lettering. 30 September – A globe is used as the BBC
Television Service’s logo for the first time. 23 November – First broadcast of the world’s
longest-running science fiction television programme, Doctor Who.1964
1 January – First broadcast of pop and rock music television show Top of the Pops. 20 April – BBC2 starts broadcasting (on
625 lines). The existing BBC Television Service is renamed
BBC1. 22 August – First broadcast of top flight
football television show Match of the Day.1965 22 March – Launch of the daytime BBC Music
Programme on the frequencies of Network Three / the Third Programme. 1 May – The General Overseas Service is
renamed the BBC World Service. 10 October – A new service for Asian immigrants
begins broadcasting. The programming consists of a weekly television
and radio programme broadcast on Sunday mornings.1966 17 April – The first regular stereo radio
transmissions begin, from the Wrotham transmitter. A government White Paper paves the way for
the launch of a small number (eight) of two-year experimental BBC Local Radio stations.1967
25 June – The first worldwide live satellite programme, Our World, featuring the Pop band,
the Beatles, is televised. 1 July – Regular colour TV transmissions
(625 lines) begin on BBC2, starting with the Wimbledon tennis championships. 30 September – BBC Radio 1 is launched,
as a response to the threat from pirate radio station broadcasts of popular music. At the same time, the Light Programme, the
third network (Network Three / the Third Programme), and the Home Service are renamed Radios 2,
3 and 4 respectively. 23 October – Service Information is broadcast
for the first time. 8 November – The BBC launches its first
local radio station when BBC Radio Leicester launches. 15 November – BBC Radio Sheffield launches. 22 November – BBC Radio Merseyside launches. 2 December – BBC2 becomes the first television
channel in Britain to broadcast in colour.1968 31 January – BBC Radio Nottingham launches. 14 February – BBC Radio Brighton launches. 14 March – BBC Radio Stoke launches. 25 March – BBC regional television from
Leeds began and the first edition of Look North is broadcast. Previously, the Yorkshire area had been part
of a wider North region based in Manchester. 24 June – BBC Radio Leeds launches. 3 July – BBC Radio Durham launches. 31 July –
The first episode of Dad’s Army is broadcast. BBC Radio Durham launches.1969
10 July – The BBC publishes a report called “Broadcasting in the Seventies” proposing
the reorganisation of programmes on the national networks and replacing regional broadcasting
on BBC Radio 4 with BBC Local Radio. 9 September – The first edition of Nationwide
is broadcast. 19–20 September – BBC News relocates from
Alexandra Palace in North London to BBC Television Centre in West London. 15 November – BBC1 starts broadcasting in
colour (simultaneous with rival ITV). First appearance of the Mirror Globe, coloured
blue on black. BBC Local Radio is made permanent after the
two-year experiment is judged to have been a success.==1970s==1970
Nine BBC Local Radio stations launch – BBC Radio Newcastle (2 Jan), BBC Radio Manchester
(10 Sept), BBC Radio Bristol (September), BBC Radio London (6 Oct), BBC Radio Oxford
(29 October), BBC Radio Birmingham (9 Nov), BBC Radio Medway (18 December), BBC Radio
Solent (31 Dec) and BBC Radio Teesside (31 December). 4 April – BBC Radio’s sports coverage transfers
from BBC Radio 3 to BBC Radio 2. 14 September – Robert Dougall presents the
first edition of the BBC Nine O’Clock News. The programme, launched in response to ITN’s
News at Ten, was controversially moved to 10 pm in 2000.1971
The BBC logo’s boxes rounds off the corners and increases the spaces. The first programmes for the Open University
are broadcast. 26 January – BBC Radio Blackburn launches. 25 February – BBC Radio Humberside launches. 29 April – BBC Radio Derby launches.1972
4 April – The first edition of Newsround is broadcast. 25 August – When the government restricted
the BBC to twenty local radio stations, the corporation responds by closing BBC Radio
Durham. Its resources are transferred to Carlisle
where BBC Radio Carlisle, now BBC Radio Cumbria, was formed. 2 October – The first edition of daytime
lunchtime magazine programme Pebble Mill at One is broadcast. 4 November – Radios 2 and 4 begin broadcasting
in stereo in South East England. Stereo was rolled out to the rest of the country
over subsequent years.1973 4 January – The pilot episode of Last of
the Summer Wine airs. The regular series, which begins on 12 November,
becomes the longest-running sitcom in the world, running for 37 years. 10 September – Newsbeat bulletins air on
BBC Radio 1 for the first time. 24 November – BBC Radio Carlisle launches.1974
1 April – BBC Radio Teesside is renamed BBC Radio Cleveland. 23 September – Teletext service Ceefax goes
live. December – The BBC1 Mirror globe changes
colour from blue on black to yellow on blue.1975 1 January – BBC Radio Ulster is launched.1976
September – The credits of each programme produced by the BBC reveals the copyrighted
years in roman numerals for the first time.1977 3 January – BBC Radio Cymru is launched. May – BBC Radio Orkney and BBC Radio Shetland
launch as opt-out stations from BBC Radio Scotland. 19 October – The first edition of a new
weekly magazine programme for Asian women, Gharbar, is broadcast. The programme had only been intended to run
for 26 weeks but continued for around 500 weeks, finally ending in April 1987. 25 December – The Morecambe & Wise Christmas
Show on BBC1 attracts an audience of more than 28 million, one of the highest ever in
UK television history.1978 The BBC organises its first Young Musician
of the Year competition. 24 May – Nationwide airs the famous Skateboarding
duck report. 23 November –
All BBC national radio stations change their medium or long wave transmission wavelength
as part of a plan for BBC AM broadcasting in order to improve national AM reception,
and to conform with the Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975. Radio 1’s transmission wavelength is moved
from 247m (1214 kHz) to 275 & 285m (1053 & 1089 kHz) medium wave. Radio 2’s wavelength is moved from 1500m (200
kHz) long wave to 433 & 330m (693 & 909 kHz) medium wave. Radio 3 is moved from 464m (647 kHz) to 247m
(1215 kHz) medium wave. Radio 4 is moved from various medium wavelengths
to 1500m (200 kHz) long wave. The shipping forecast transfers from BBC Radio
2 to BBC Radio 4 so that the forecast can continue to be broadcast on long wave. The Radio 4 UK Theme is used for the first
time to coincide with the network becoming a fully national service for the first time
and to underline this the station officially becomes known as Radio 4 UK, a title that
remains until mid 1984. November – Due to Radio 4’s transfer from
medium wave to long wave, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales launch as full time stations
on Radio 4’s former Scottish and Welsh medium wave opt-out wavelengths of 370m (810 kHz)
and 340m (882 kHz) respectively, albeit initially with very limited broadcast hours due to very
limited coverage of BBC Radio 4 on FM in both countries. 21–22 December – The BBC is crippled by
its most famous 24-hour strike, which leads to record viewing figures for ITV.1979
27 January – BBC Radio 2 closes down for the last time. 1 March – BBC2 unveils its computer generated
ident, the first computer-generated ident in the world. The second such ident is unveiled by US broadcaster
NBC. 27 August – The murder of Lord Mountbatten
by the IRA sets a record audience of 26 million for a news bulletin. Strike action at ITN led to the record viewing
figures. 11 September – BBC Radio Foyle launches
as an opt-out station from BBC Radio Ulster. 25 September – The first edition of Question
Time is broadcast.==1980s==
1980 28 January – Newsnight is launched. February – BBC Radio Deeside is launched
as an opt-out service from BBC Radio Wales. March – The very first in-vision Ceefax
transmissions are broadcast. Three 30-minute transmissions are aired at
various points during weekday daytime downtime. Summer – Due to the continued expansion
of BBC Local Radio, regional opt-out programming on BBC Radio 4 ends, apart from in the south
west as this is now the only part of England still without any BBC local station. 8 September – Watchdog is launched as a
weekly slot on BBC1’s news magazine programme Nationwide. 11 September – BBC Radio Norfolk launches. September – Regional peaktime continuity
on BBC1 ends and with it the weeknight closedown regional news bulletin. 11 November – BBC Radio Lincolnshire launches. 21 November – The charity appeal Children
in Need is launched.1981 17 May – Sunday Grandstand launches. It broadcasts during the summer months on
BBC Two. 4 July – BBC Radio Blackburn expands to
cover all of Lancashire and is renamed accordingly. Also in 1981 BBC Radio Birmingham expands
to cover the West Midlands, South Staffordshire, north Worcestershire and north Warwickshire
and is relaunched as BBC WM. 29 July – The Wedding of Charles, Prince
of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer is produced by BBC Television & Radio with an audience
of 750 million viewers and listeners in over 60 countries. Welsh Actor Richard Burton and Scottish writer,
actor & royal expert Tom Fleming are among the commentators. Autumn – BBC Micro is produced for BBC Computer
Literacy Project. 4 September – The final edition of the Midday
News is broadcast. 5 September – The BBC1 Mirror globe changes
colour from yellow on blue to green on blue. 7 September – News After Noon is launched
as a 30-minute lunchtime news programme, replacing the much shorter Midday News. October – BBC Radio Deeside is expanded
to cover all of north east Wales and is renamed BBC Radio Clwyd. 23 October – The last ever teatime block
of Open University programmes are transmitted. From the 1982 season, only a single Open University
programme is aired at 5.10pm, ahead of the start of the channel’s evening programmes.1982
March – The BBC proposes to launch a satellite television service following the Corporation
being awarded two of the five DBS satellite channels. 15 and 16 March – BBC Local Radio starts
broadcasting to the Channel Islands when BBC Radio Guernsey and BBC Radio Jersey launch. 1 May – BBC Radio Cambridgeshire launches. 25 May – BBC Radio Carlisle expands to cover
all of Cumbria and is renamed accordingly and as part of the expansion, BBC Radio Furness
launches as an opt-out service. 20 June – The BBC relaunches its Sunday
morning programme for the Asian community when Asian Magazine replaces Apna Hi Ghar
Samajhiye which had been on air since 1968. September – The BBC World Service becomes
available to UK listeners for the first time, albeit only in south east England. 1 October – After 32 years on air, Listen
with Mother is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 for the final time. 1 November – BBC-produced Welsh-language
programming is transferred from BBC1 to the new S4C channel. 23 December – Service Information is broadcast
for the final time. 31 December – The last remaining opt-out
regional programming on BBC Radio 4 ends when the final edition of Morning Sou’West is broadcast,
ahead of the launches of BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.1983
January – BBC1 starts broadcasting a full afternoon service, consisting of regional
programmes, repeats and old feature films. 17 January –
Breakfast Time, the UK’s first national breakfast television service, is launched, ahead of
the ITV franchise TV-am, which follows on 1 February. BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall launch. late February/early March – BBC1 begins
broadcasting a 30-minute Ceefax slot prior to the start of Breakfast Time. It is called Ceefax AM. It is first mentioned in the Radio Times on
21 March. 18 April – BBC Radio Gwent launches as an
opt-out service from BBC Radio Wales. 2 May – From today Pages from Ceefax is
broadcast during all daytime downtime although BBC2 continues to fully close down for four
hours after Play School. The broadcasts are still known as Ceefax in
Vision and were not listed in the Radio Times until 7 January 1984 when they became known
as Pages from Ceefax. 2 July – BBC Radio Medway is expanded to
cover all of the county of Kent and is renamed accordingly. 4 July – BBC Radio York launches on a permanent
basis – the station had been on air briefly the previous May to cover the visit to York
of Pope John Paul II. 5 August – The final edition of Nationwide
is broadcast. 16 September – BBC2 closes down during the
day for the final time – all future daytime downtime is filled by Pages from Ceefax. 19 September – Programmes for schools and
colleges are transferred to BBC2 and an all-day educational strand called Daytime on Two is
launched. Consequently, the morning broadcast of Play
School transfers to BBC1. 22 October – BBC Radio Brighton expands
to cover all of Sussex and is renamed accordingly. 24 October – Sixty Minutes launches as the
new evening news programme to replace Nationwide. Autumn – Shortly after the Home Secretary
announced that the three remaining satellite channels would be given to the Independent
Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to allow the private sector to compete against the BBC,
the BBC starts talking with the IBA about a joint project to help cover the cost. The Government subsequently gives permission
and a consortium emerges consisting of the BBC, Granada, Anglia Television, Virgin, Thorn-EMI,
Pearson Longman and Consolidated Satellite Broadcasting. The BBC holds a 50% stake in the consortium.1984
The BBC conducts five trials of citywide community stations in Greater Manchester. Each trial lasts for a few weeks and was on
air for a few hours each day, opting out of BBC Radio Manchester. The experiment has not been repeated. 27 July – The final edition of Sixty Minutes
is broadcast. 3 September – First broadcast of the Six
O’Clock News on BBC1. The programme continues to this day. 5 October – The last ever teatime Open University
programme is broadcast on BBC2. However Open University programmes continue
to be shown on BBC2 on weekday lunchtimes on an ad-hoc basis until 1988. 8 October – BBC2 launches a full afternoon
service, consisting of repeats of Dallas and old feature films. 18 November – The BBC launches its first
Sunday lunchtime political interview show, called This Week, Next Week. It is replaced in 1988 by On the Record. December – BBC1 stops broadcasting a late
night news summary.1985 3 January – The last day of transmission
using the 405 lines system. 7 January – The BBC ends its experiment
with afternoon broadcasting and from this date afternoon Pages from Ceefax is shown
on BBC1 between the end of lunchtime programmes and the start of children’s programmes, and
on BBC2 Ceefax pages are shown continuously between 9am and 5.25pm apart from when Daytime
on Two is in season and when sporting events are being shown. 23 January – Television coverage of proceedings
in the House of Lords begins. 18 February – BBC1 is given a major relaunch,
along with the introduction of a new ident, the COW (Computer Originated World). Also, computerised weather maps were used
for the first time for all weather forecasts – prior to this date computerised maps had
only been used during Breakfast Time. 19 February – EastEnders premieres on BBC1. March – The charity appeal Comic Relief
is launched. 23 April – BBC Radio Shropshire launches. May – The consortium which has been planning
to launch satellite television in the UK, of which the BBC is part, collapses on costs
grounds. 24 June – BBC Radio Bedfordshire launches. 13 July – Live Aid is broadcast to the world
on BBC1 and BBC Radio 1, the first broadcast of its kind. 2 September – A regional news bulletin following
the Nine O’Clock News is launched. 9 September – The weekday afternoon block
of children’s programming is rebranded as Children’s BBC, and for the first time the
children’s block has dedicated idents and an in-vision presenter. Previously children’s programming had been
introduced by BBC1’s team of regular duty announcers. 1 October – BBC Radio nan Gàidheal launches.1986
30 March – BBC2 receives a new look with the word TWO.
1 April – All commercial activities of the BBC are now handled by BBC Enterprises Ltd.
24 October – The final edition of News After Noon is broadcast. 27 October – BBC1 starts a full daytime
television service. Among the new programmes is a new lunchtime
news bulletin – the One O’Clock News. The programme continues to this day. Before today, excluding sport and special
events coverage, BBC1 had closed down at times during weekday daytime, broadcasting trade
test transmissions and, from May 1983, Pages from Ceefax. BBC2 also expands its programming hours, providing
a full afternoon service but it wasn’t until the end of the decade that BBC2 was on air
all day every day. 5 November – BBC Essex launches. 8 December – Six weeks after launching its
daytime service, BBC TV starts broadcasting hourly news summaries. Morning bulletins are shown on BBC1 and early
afternoon summaries (at 2 pm, 3 pm and 3:50 pm) are shown on BBC2. Each bulletin is followed by a weather forecast. 28 December – After more than 20 years,
BBC radio’s national programme for the Asian community, Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye (Make Yourself
at Home), and broadcast on Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4, ends.1987
The BBC World Service launches BBC 648 from the Orfordness transmitting station. The service provides a tailor-made service
for northern Europe featuring some French and German programming programmes interwoven
with the main output in English. 22 June – The BBC’s lunchtime children’s
programme moves from BBC1 to BBC2. It is shown slightly earlier, at 1:20 pm. 25 July – The first edition of a new weekly
programme for the Asian community, Network East, is broadcast. It replaces Asian Magazine and Gharbar, which
had ended three months earlier. 31 October – BBC Radio 1 starts broadcasting
on VHF in London.1988 11 April – BBC Somerset Sound launches as
an opt-out station from BBC Radio Bristol. 1 September –
BBC External Services is renamed the World Service. Radio 1 starts regular broadcasts on VHF/FM
in Scotland, northern England, the Midlands, and south Wales, Avon and Somerset. FM coverage is rolled out across the rest
of the UK in stages over the next few years. 20 September – The Radio Data System (RDS)
launches, allowing car radios to automatically retune, display station identifiers and switch
to local travel news. 3 October – BBC Radio Gloucestershire launches. 7 October – BBC Radio London stops broadcasting
and is replaced on 25 October by BBC GLR. 30 October – The Asian Network launches
as a 70 hours-a-week service on the MW transmitters of BBC Radio Leicester and BBC WM. October – BBC GMR replaces BBC Radio Manchester. Autumn – The BBC takes its first tentative
steps into later closedowns – previously weekday programmes ended no later than 12:15
am and weekend broadcasting had finished by 1:30 am. Regular late evening weeknight programming
starts to appear on BBC Local Radio. The programming tends to be regional rather
than local with the same programme networked on several local stations. Consequently, stations are now starting to
provide local/regional programming on weeknights until midnight. Previously stations had ended local programming
by mid-evening, handing over to BBC Radio 2 until the following morning.1989
14 February – BBC Hereford and Worcester launches. 4 March – BBC Wiltshire Sound launches. 1 April – The BBC launches BBC TV Europe,
a subscription-based pan-European television station. May – The BBC Night Network is launched
on the BBC’s six local radio stations in Yorkshire and north east England. The service broadcasts seven nights a week
from 6.05pm (6pm at the weekend) until 12midnight. Two years later the service is expanded to
include the BBC’s four stations in the north west. 19 June – For the first time, BBC2 broadcasts
during the morning when not showing Daytime on 2. Programmes begin at 10 am, as opposed to lunchtime. 29 September – The final edition of Breakfast
Time is broadcast. 2 October – The first edition of BBC Breakfast
News is broadcast. 21 November – Television coverage of proceedings
in the House of Commons begins.==1990s==1990
17 January – BBC CWR launches. 25 March – At 7 pm BBC Radio 2 becomes available
on FM 24/7 for the first time after the final ever ‘borrow’ of its FM frequencies by
BBC Radio 1. 12 April – BBC Radio Suffolk launches. 27 August – BBC Radio 5 begins broadcasting
on BBC Radio 2’s MW frequencies. BBC Radio’s sports coverage transfers to the
new station from Radio 2 and educational and children’s programmes transfer from Radio
4 FM. Consequently, BBC Radio 2 becomes the first
national BBC station to broadcast exclusively on FM and the full BBC Radio 4 schedule becomes
available on FM for the first time. 5 September – The new BBC building at White
City opens.1991 7 January – The BBC East Midlands region
is created and the first edition of East Midlands Today is broadcast. 16 January – Radio 4 News FM starts Gulf
War broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 FM frequencies. 16 February – BBC1 and BBC2 receive new
idents generated from laserdisc, BBC1 with a ‘1’ encased in a swirling globe, and BBC2
with eleven idents based around the numeral ‘2’. 2 March – Radio 4 News FM closes and BBC
Radio 4 returns to FM. 11 March – The BBC launches its first global
television station – BBC World Service Television. In Europe it replaces BBC TV Europe. March – After nearly eight years on air,
BBC Radio Gwent closes. 1 April – The BBC becomes the statutory
authority for issuing television licences, assuming the responsibility of licence fee
collection and enforcement. 15 April – The World Service Television
News service is launched. Unlike World Service radio which is funded
by direct grant from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, WSTV is commercially funded and carries
advertising, which means that it cannot be broadcast in the UK.
1 May – BBC Radio 1 begins 24-hour transmission, but only on FM – Radio 1’s MW transmitters
still close down overnight, between 12 midnight and 6 am. 31 July – The BBC’s Lime Grove Studios close. 31 August – BBC television starts officially
broadcasting in stereo using the NICAM system. (Some transmitters had been broadcasting in
stereo since 1986, but these were classified as tests.) 16 September – The main BBC Radio 4 service
moves from long wave to FM as FM coverage has now been extended to cover almost all
of the UK – Radio 4 didn’t become available on FM in much of Scotland and Wales until
the start of the 1990s. Opt-outs are transferred from FM to long wave. 14 October – World Service TV launches its
Asian service. 14 November – BBC Radio Surrey launches.1992
21 January – BBC Select is launched as an overnight subscription service and BBC Radio
Berkshire launches. 29 February – BBC Radio 3 ceases broadcasting
on medium wave (AM). 17 April – BBC Radio Nottingham ends transmissions
on one of its MW transmitters. BBC Radio Cleveland, BBC Radio Northampton
and BBC Radio Oxford also stop broadcasting on MW.
1 November – The satellite TV channel UK Gold, run by the BBC with Thames Television,
starts broadcasting. BBC Local Radio stations start broadcasting
the BBC World Service rather than BBC Radio 2 when not on air.1993
5 April – BBC Radio Bedfordshire expands to cover the counties of Buckinghamshire and
Hertfordshire and is renamed BBC Three Counties Radio. 13 April – For the first time all BBC News
programmes have the same look following a relaunch of all of the main news bulletins. 26 April – BBC Dorset FM launches as an
opt-out service from BBC Radio Devon. Autumn – BBC GLR stops broadcasting on MW. Also, BBC GMR stops broadcasting on MW. October – BBC Radio Clwyd closes, although
news opt-outs continue until 2002.1994 27 March – BBC Radio 5 ends transmission. 28 March – BBC Radio 5 Live, a dedicated
news and sport network, starts round-the-clock broadcasts. 13 April – First BBC website created for
the BBC2 series The Net. 1 July – BBC Radio 1 ceases broadcasting
on medium wave (AM) at 9 am. July – Arabic Television television service
launched with funding from the Saudi Arabian Mawarid Group. 1 August – BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Radio
Sussex merge to form BBC Southern Counties Radio. 19 September – The BBC launches a weekday
lunchtime business, personal finance and consumer news programme. Called Working Lunch, the programme is broadcast
on BBC Two for 42 weeks each year.1995 16 January – BBC World Service Television
was renamed as BBC World it was launched as an international free-to-air news channel
on 26 January at 19:00 GMT. 30 January – BBC Prime launches as a local
encrypted variety and light entertainment channel by BBC Enterprises. BBC Enterprises, the BBC’s commercial arm,
is restructured as BBC Worldwide Ltd. 9 October – BBC Learning Zone is launched. BBC Radio CWR closes as a stand-alone station
and becomes an opt-out of BBC Radio WM.1996 9 April – BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio
Berkshire merge to form BBC Thames Valley FM. Also in early 1996 BBC Dorset FM closes and
its frequency is used to relay BBC Radio Solent. 21 April – Arabic Television closes down
when the Saudi backer pulls out following a row over coverage of the execution of a
princess accused of adultery. June – Radio 1 starts live streaming on
the internet. 7 June – The BBC is restructured by the
Director-General, John Birt. In the new structure BBC Broadcast will commission
programmes, and BBC Production will make them. 13 October – BBC Television shows live Formula
One for the final time following ITV’s acquisition of the rights from 1997 onwards (Formula One
returns to the BBC in 2009). The BBC also loses the rights to the FA Cup
and England football internationals to ITV and England rugby union internationals to
Sky at around the same time, and later loses the rights to English cricket to Channel 4. 4 November – The Asian Network expands into
a full-time station when it increases the number of hours on air from 80 hours a week
to 126 hours a week (18 hours a day). The station, which broadcasts on the MW frequencies
of BBC Radio Leicester and BBC WM, is renamed BBC Asian Network. Consequently, Radios Leicester and WM become
FM only stations. 29 December – What was billed as the last
ever episode of Only Fools and Horses before the new millennium is watched by 24.35 million
viewers, the largest ever TV audience for a sitcom.1997
The BBC broadcasts the much praised “Perfect Day” corporate advertisement, featuring 27
artists singing lines of Lou Reed’s original. The song later becomes a fund-raising single
for Children in Need. 28 February – The BBC sells its transmitters
and transmission services to Castle Transmission Services for £244 million, to help fund its
plans for the digital age. March – The BBC and Flextech agree on a
deal to provide several BBC-branded channels – BBC Showcase, for entertainment; BBC Horizon,
for documentaries; BBC Style, for lifestyle; BBC Learning, for schools, and BBC Arena,
for the arts – plus three other channels: BBC Catch-Up, for repeats of popular programmes
within days of their original transmission, a dedicated BBC Sport channel and a TV version
of Radio 1. 6 September – The funeral of Diana, Princess
of Wales is broadcast on BBC Radio & Television and aired to over 200 countries worldwide. Nearly 3 billion viewers and listeners watch
the ceremonies. In the US, BBC’s coverage is aired on A&E
and CSPAN Cable Networks. David Dimbleby hosts the coverage with Tom
Fleming narrating the service inside Westminster Abbey. 4 October – Current corporate identity adopted. At a reported cost of £5m the new logo was
introduced due to the increase in digital services, as it is designed to be more visible
at small size it is better suited for use in websites and on screen “DOGs.” On Screen Identities changed, with BBC One
adopting the Balloon Idents, and BBC Two retaining their 2’s used from 1991, with new legend. 4 November – BBC News Online, a web-based
news service, is launched. 8 November – BBC One closes down for the
very last time as from the following day, BBC News 24 broadcasts during the channel’s
overnight hours. 9 November – BBC News 24, the Corporation’s
UK television news service, is launched at 17.30. December – The BBC launches its online service
BBC Online.1998 February – Sunday Grandstand becomes a year-round
programme. Previously it had only broadcast between May
and September. August – The BBC’s domestic TV channels
become available on Sky Digital’s satellite service. An unintended consequence of this is that
people in the rest of Europe can now watch BBC One and Two, using viewing cards from
the UK, as the signal is encrypted for rights reasons. This applies even within the UK: people in
England can now watch BBC channels from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and vice versa. 23 September –
The BBC launches BBC Choice, its first new TV channel since 1964, available only on digital
TV services. Following its purchase of the cable-only Parliamentary
Channel, the BBC launches BBC Parliament on digital satellite and analogue cable with
an audio feed of the channel on DAB. 15 November – Public launch of digital terrestrial
TV in the UK. BBC Radio 5 Live replaces the BBC World Service
as BBC Local Radio’s overnight downtime filler.1999 BBC 648, which provided French and German
language content for northern Europe from the Orfordness transmitting station, ends
with the closure of the BBC’s German service. – the French for Europe service had closed
in 1995. Consequently, all programming from this transmitter
was in English only. 10 May – BBC network news relaunched with
new music, titles and a red and ivory set. This design was used for the 25 October relaunch
of News 24, enhancing cross-channel promotion of the service. 20 May – The BBC’s digital teletext service
starts. 1 June – BBC Knowledge starts broadcasting
on digital services. 20 June – The BBC broadcasts live cricket
for the final time when it shows live coverage of the 1999 Cricket World Cup Final, bringing
to an end of sixty years of continuous cricket coverage on the BBC. The terrestrial rights transfer to Channel
4.==2000s==2000
14 February – BBC Thames Valley FM closes and BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Berkshire
relaunch as separate stations although Radio Berkshire operates as an opt-out service of
Radio Oxford. 25 March – BBC GLR closes and is relaunched
as BBC London Live 94.9. 20 May – Due to the loss of many major sports
rights in recent years, the BBC does not broadcast this week’s edition of Grandstand – ITV
was showing the FA Cup Final. Apart from when Christmas Day fell on a Saturday
or a major national event taking place, this had been the first time that Grandstand had
not been broadcast on a Saturday afternoon since the programme’s inception in 1958. 15 September – Final edition of Breakfast
News on BBC One and BBC News 24, the last conventional news broadcast in the morning. 2 October – The first edition of BBC Breakfast
is broadcast, the new morning show on BBC One and News 24 from 6:00–9:30. (9:00 on BBC News 24). 13 October – Final edition of the BBC Nine
O’Clock News on BBC One. 16 October – The BBC Ten O’Clock News launches
on BBC One amid controversy, having been moved from 9 pm to cash in on the axing of ITN’s
News at Ten the previous year. 16 October – Oxfordshire, once part of the
South East, becomes part of South Today.2001 3 March – A bomb explodes outside Television
Centre. The blast was later attributed to dissident
Irish Republican terrorists and it is suggested the BBC Panorama programme which named individuals
as participants in the Omagh bomb was the motive. 3 September – Kent and Sussex get their
own news programme, South East Today. 1 October – BBC London is launched, replacing
Newsroom South East. October – BBC Three Counties Radio launches
opt-out programming for the county of Buckinghamshire. 5 November – BBC 2W is launched, broadcasting
on digital services in Wales on weekday evenings. 19 November – Last showing of the then-current
BBC Two idents. These set of idents would have ended in 1997
with BBC One’s ident change but due to popularity the 1991 idents continued only with a new
BBC logo and some newer ident sets. The new idents were Ivory 2’s, interacting
in a yellow world, with Purple box logo, the first BBC Channel to have one.2002
2 February – BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra is launched. 11 February – The CBBC and CBeebies channels
begin broadcasting. 2 March – BBC Four is launched at 19:00
in a simulcast with BBC Two. It replaces BBC Knowledge. 11 March – BBC 6 Music is launched. 29 March – BBC One rebrands with the controversial
Rhythm and Movement Idents, including dancers in red dancing in different locations. The red box logo was also used for these idents. For the first time in 39 years, a globe is
not included in the presentation. 16 August – BBC Radio 1Xtra is launched. 28 October – BBC Asian Network launches
as a national station. 30 October – BBC Parliament launches on
digital terrestrial television, having previously only been available as an audio-only service. However capacity limitations mean that the
picture is squeezed into just one quarter of the screen. 11 November –
The first edition of East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire edition of BBC Look North is broadcast, while
the Leeds-based Look North programme now covers West, North and South Yorkshire and the North
Midlands. BBC Radio Swindon outputs from the renamed
BBC Radio Wiltshire begin. 15 December – BBC Radio 4 Extra is launched
as BBC7.2003 9 February – BBC Three is launched at 19:00
in a simulcast with BBC Two. It replaces BBC Choice. 8 December – BBC News 24 is relaunched with
a new set and titles, as well as a new Breaking News sting. Networked news on BBC One and Two remains
with the same titles though the set was redesigned in a similar style to that of the new News
24.2004 28 January – Publication of the Hutton Inquiry,
and subsequent resignation of the Chairman Gavyn Davies. 30 January – Resignation of the Director
General, Greg Dyke. Mark Byford takes over as acting Director
General. 16 February – Network news titles are relaunched
in the style of BBC News 24, introduced two months earlier. 17 May – Appointment of Michael Grade as
new Chairman. 21 May – Appointment of Mark Thompson as
new Director General. 1 October – BBC Technology, incorporating
the BBC’s Broadcast Engineering division, is sold to Siemens AG Business Services for
approximately £200m, and a £2bn, 10-year outsourcing contract.2005
20 March – Mark Thompson announces staff of 27,000 to be cut by 3,780. 26 March – Doctor Who returns to the air,
sixteen years after the last full series was broadcast. 23 May – Over one third of staff join strike
in response to job cuts, dropping programmes. 1 August – BBC Broadcast, formerly Broadcasting
& Presentation and responsible for the playout and branding of all BBC Channels, is sold
to Creative Broadcast Services, owned by the Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and Macquarie
Bank. It is renamed Red Bee Media on 31 October. 3 November – BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
returns as a stand-alone station. December – The Czech and Polish sections
of the BBC World Service cease to exist. Eight other sections are to follow soon.2006
3 April – BBC GMR changes its name back to BBC Radio Manchester. 23 April – The “Radio 4 UK Theme” is used
for the final time. It is replaced by a news bulletin. 27 May – The BBC’s first scheduled HDTV
broadcast on BBC HD 14 August – The One Show is first broadcast
on BBC One, initially as a four-week trial. It is seen as a modern-day version of highly
popular series Nationwide with the programme resulting in popular journalism returning
to BBC One’s early evening schedule. The programme returned on a permanent basis
the following July. 1 September – BBC Entertainment replaces
BBC Prime in global markets. 7 October – BBC One rebrands from the Rhythm
and Movement idents to the current “Circle” Idents, which acts as a link to the classic
globe icon used for almost 40 years and as a symbol of unity. 13 November – BBC Parliament broadcasts
in full screen format for the first time on the Freeview service, having previously only
been available in quarter screen format. The BBC eventually found the bandwidth to
make the channel full-screen after receiving “thousands of angry and perplexed e-mails
and letters”, not to mention questions asked by MPs in the Houses of Parliament itself
28 November – Resignation of Chairman Michael Grade, to join ITV.
1 December – BBC HD channel is officially launched after around eighteen months of trial
broadcasts. 31 December – The BBC’s then-current Royal
Charter and Agreement expires.2007 22 January – BBC News 24 is relaunched with
new titles and new Astons. 28 January – The final edition of Grandstand
is broadcast. 18 February – BBC Two rebrands from the
yellow 2’s, to the current Window on the World 2’s. July – BBC Knowledge launched as a global
channel by BBC Worldwide. 11 August – BBC Radio Cleveland is rebranded
as BBC Tees due to its broadcasting area no longer being associated with the name Cleveland. 3 September – CBBC identity relaunched,
with its third marketing campaign since the launch of the CBBC Channel. 20 October – BBC Switch, a teenage block
of shows is launched to cater for the under-served 12- to 16-year-olds, launches. 25 December – BBC iPlayer, an online service
for watching previously aired shows, is launched.2008 22 January – BBC Three has its identity
relaunched, showcasing new shows such as Lily Allen and Friends. 11 March – BBC Arabic Television launches. 21 April – BBC News 24 and BBC World are
renamed BBC News and BBC World News respectfully. 19 September – BBC Alba, a Scottish Gaelic
language digital television channel, launched through a partnership between BBC and MG Alba.2009
2 January – BBC 2W closes. 14 January – The BBC’s Persian language
TV channel is launched. 30 March – BBC Southern Counties Radio closes
resulting in the return of BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex as stand-alone separate stations. 4 April – BBC Radio Swindon, which had opted
out of BBC Radio Wiltshire, is closed. The two stations are merged as BBC Wiltshire.==2010s==
2010 19 February – EastEnders celebrates 25 years
with a special live edition, where the murderer of Archie Mitchell is revealed. Over 16 million viewers tuned in to find Stacey
Slater to be the killer. 30 July – BBC Two broadcasts its final Working
Lunch. 3 November – BBC One HD; a high-definition
simulcast of a national version of BBC One is launched across all digital platforms.2011
27 March – Due to budget cuts, transmission of the BBC World Service on 648 kHz MW ends. The transmissions, from the Orfordness transmitting
station in Suffolk, had been on air since 1982 and had provided coverage of the World
Service to much of northern Europe. 2 April – BBC7 is relaunched as BBC Radio
4 Extra.2012 7 March – Brighton moves from South region,
to South-East region, after the Meridian digital switch-over. May – BBC Somerset launches as a full-time
station. 12 July – The BBC World Service relocates
to Broadcasting House after 70 years at Bush House. 27 July-12 August – The 2012 Summer Olympics
take place and with the exception of news programming BBC One is devoted entirely to
live coverage of the Games and BBC Radio 5 Live operates a temporary station – 5 Live
Olympics Extra – to provide additional coverage of the Games. 17 August – BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Lincolnshire,
BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Nottingham stop broadcasting regular programmes on medium
wave. It’s part of a five week trial to find out
if listeners will miss or complain about the lack of AM services. At the end of the trial, the BBC decides that
BBC Radio Nottingham’s MW transmitter and Radio Kent’s relay at Rusthall near Tunbridge
Wells, will remain off-air. 17 September – George Entwistle is appointed
as Director-General. 3 October – Broadcast of Exposure:The Other
Side of Jimmy Saville which uncovered allegations of sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile. 23 October – The BBC’s teletext service
Ceefax is switched off following all regions switching to digital broadcasting. The very last Pages from Ceefax transmission
had taken place two days earlier. BBC One Northern Ireland commences broadcasting
in HD. 10 November – George Entwhistle resigns
as Director-General, to be replaced temporarily by Tim Davie. Entwistle’s 54-day tenure as Director-General
is the shortest in the Corporation’s history. 14 November – 90th anniversary broadcast
at 17:33. 22 November – Tony Hall is announced as
the new Director-General, taking the post in March 2013. 21 December – CBBC and CBeebies both air
on BBC One for the last time. At the end of 2012 the BBC loses the rights
to show horse racing. This brings to an end a relationship between
the BBC and televised horse racing which dates back to the 1950s.2013
4 January – CBBC and CBeebies both air on BBC Two for the last time. 7 January – The debut of a national networked
evening programme on BBC Local Radio, hosted by former Classic FM presenter Mark Forrest. The show, introduced as part of cost-cutting
measures, replaces all local programming, apart from local sport coverage. 14 January – BBC One Scotland commences
broadcasts in HD. 29 January – BBC One Wales commences broadcasts
in HD. 26 March – BBC Two commences broadcasting
in HD following the closure of BBC HD. 31 March – BBC Television Centre closes
in Shepherd’s Bush with the majority of TV services moved to Broadcasting House in central
London. 5 April – BBC Monitoring moves to Licence
Fee funding. 8 July – After eight years, BBC Local Radio
returns to Dorset when a breakfast show for the county, as an opt-out from BBC Radio Solent,
is launched. 25 October – The BBC hosts 100 Women, a
day of debate and discussion across radio, television and online featuring a hundred
women from around the world. 10 December – HD broadcasts begin for BBC
Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC and CBeebies.2014 The BBC broadcasts the much praised “God Only
Knows” corporate advertisement, featuring 21 artists singing lines of The Beach Boys’
original. The song also became a fund-raising single
and an advertisement for BBC Music for the first time since “Perfect Day” in 1997 for
Children In Need. 6 March – The BBC announce that BBC Three
will become internet-only from February 2016, in an effort to save £90m. Their plans were approved on 26 November 2015
30 August – Rona Fairhead becomes the first woman to be appointed as Chair of the BBC
Trust.2015 6 October – After 27 years, the name BBC
Radio London returns to the airwaves following a name change from BBC London 94.9.2016
16 February – BBC Three closes as a linear channel and becomes an over-the-top Internet
television service although all of the long-form programmes commissioned for BBC Three are
to be shown at a later date on BBC One. 19 February – BBC Radio Bristol stops broadcasting
on MW following the sale of the land, on which the transmitter was located, to developers. 31 March – BBC Three fully closes down on
all digital television platforms – it had carried promotional information regarding
the BBC Three internet service since 16 February. 11 April – CBBC extends its broadcast hours
from 7 pm to 9 pm, using capacity which had previously been used by BBC Three.2017
22 February – Plans are announced to launch a dedicated television channel for Scotland
to replace the current BBC Two Scotland opt-out; it would broadcast from 7:00 p.m. to midnight
nightly, and feature a lineup composed entirely of Scottish programming, including a new hour-long
9:00 p.m. newscast that will be produced from Scotland. 2 April – The BBC Trust is closed at the
expiry of the 2007 Royal Charter, which had a 10-year lifespan. The Trust is replaced by the BBC Board.2018
15 January – The MW transmissions of BBC Radios Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire,
Nottingham, Kent and Lincolnshire end and MW coverage for BBC Devon, Lancashire and
Essex is reduced. Altogether a total of 13 MW transmitters are
switched off. 28 January – After nearly 78 years on air,
The Sunday Hour is broadcast on BBC Radio 2 for the final time. 8 May – Another long running BBC Radio 2
programme ends when, ahead of schedule changes, The Organist Entertains is broadcast for the
final time after 49 years on air. 12 July – The BBC announces cut-backs to
BBC Parliament. The channel will now close down in the weeks
when no UK parliamentary bodies are in session and all programmes made especially for the
channel will end. 10 October – The BBC announces it has reversed
the planned cuts to the output of BBC Parliament, but warns of possible future cuts to other
services in order to save £500m before 2021–22. 24 October – The FM frequency of BBC Radio
3 at more than 30 relay transmitters in Wales is reallocated to BBC Radio Wales. Consequently, the reach of Radio Wales on
FM will increase from 79% to 91%. 29 November – HD versions of BBC Two Wales
and BBC Two Northern Ireland will start broadcasting.2019 24 February – The BBC is to launch a television
channel for Scotland.==See also==Timeline of BBC Local Radio
Timeline of BBC Radio 1 Timeline of BBC Radio 2
Timeline of BBC Radio 3 Timeline of BBC Radio 4
Timeline of BBC Radio 5 Live Early television stations
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