10 Facts About BBC TV


BBC TV operates several television networks, television stations, and related programming services in the United Kingdom.

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BBC TV began its own regular television programming from the basement of Broadcasting House, London, on 22 August 1932.

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BBC TV was renamed BBC1 in 1964, after the launch of BBC2, the third television station for the UK.

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BBC TV2 was the first British channel to use UHF and 625-line pictures, giving higher definition than the existing VHF 405-line system.

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On 1 July 1967, BBC TV Two became the first television channel in Europe to broadcast regularly in colour, using the West German PAL system that was used for decades until it was gradually superseded by digital systems.

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The different remit of BBC TV2 allowed its first controller, Sir David Attenborough to commission the first heavyweight documentaries and documentary series such as Civilisation, The Ascent of Man and Horizon.

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BBC TV Wales produces a large amount of Welsh language programming for S4C, particularly news, sport and other programmes, especially the soap opera Pobol y Cwm briefly shown on BBC TV2 across the UK with subtitles in the 1990s.

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In March 2003 the BBC TV announced that from the end of May 2003 it intended to transmit all eight of its domestic television channels unencrypted from the Astra 2D satellite.

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On 8 December 2020, Moore announced a new leadership structure for BBC TV Content taking effect in April 2021, which will prioritise iPlayer in order to compete with commercial streaming services.

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BBC TV Japan was a general entertainment channel, which operated between December 2004 and April 2006.

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