Some BBC Television dates

Inauguration of experimental television transmission of still pictures by the Fultograph process from Daventry

30 August 1928

First experimental television programme from Broadcasting House, 30-line system (Baird process taken over by BBC)

22 August 1932

High-definition Television Service from Alexandra Palace officially inaugurated

2 November 1936

Coronation of King George VI: first outside broadcast by Television Service

12 May 1937

Television Service closed down for reasons of national defence

1 September 1939

Television Service resumed

7 June 1946

First television outside broadcast from No. 10 Downing Street: Commonwealth Conference

11 October 1948

Sutton Coldfield television transmitting station opened

17 December 1949

First television outside broadcast from the Continent (Calais)

27 August 1950

First ‘live’ air to ground television broadcast (from an aircraft in flight)

30 September 1950

Holme Moss television transmitting station opened

12 October 1951

First television election address – given by Lord Samuel for the Liberal Party

15 October 1951

Kirk o’ Shotts television transmitting station opened

14 March 1952

First direct television from Paris (experimental)

21 April 1952

First schools television programme (4 weeks experiment)

5 May 1952

First public transmission in the UK of television from Paris

8 July 1952

Wenvoe television transmitting station opened

15 August 1952

Pontop Pike and Glancairn temporary television transmitting stations opened

1 May 1953

Truleigh Hill temporary television transmitting station opened

9 May 1953

Coronation ceremony televised for the first time

2 June 1953

Television relayed from ship at sea for the first time during the Royal Naval Review

15 June 1953

Temporary television transmitting station near Douglas (Isle of Man) opened

20 December 1953

First European exchange of television programmes with eight countries taking part (to 4 July)

6 June 1954

Rowridge temporary television transmitting station opened

12 November 1954

Redmoss temporary television transmitting station opened

14 December 1954

North Hessary Tor temporary television transmitting station opened

17 December 1954

Norwich television transmitting station opened

1 February 1955

Divis television transmitting station opened (replacing Glencairn in Northern Ireland)

21 July 1955

First section of permanent two-way television link with Continent completed

15 September 1955

Les Platons (Channel Islands) television transmitting station opened

3 October 1955

Colour television test transmissions began from Alexandra Palace

10 October 1955

Meldrum television transmitting station opened (replacing Redmoss, near Aberdeen)

12 October 1955

Demonstration of colour television to members of the press

20 October 1955

Pontop Pike television transmitting station completed

15 November 1955

First live television programme from Northern Ireland

17 November 1955

Crystal Palace television transmitting station opened replacing Alexandra Palace

28 March 1956

First public colour television test transmissions from Alexandra Palace

3 April 1956

First Ministerial television broadcast (Prime Minister)

27 April 1956

North Hessary Tor television transmitting station completed

22 May 1956

Rowridge television transmitting station completed

11 June 1956

First ‘live’ television broadcast from a submarine at sea

16 June 1956

First television transmission from a helicopter

4 August 1956

Source: BBC Handbook for 1961

A statue of Apollo stands in front of the lattice mast at Crystal Palace.
On 28 March 1956, Crystal Palace took over from Alexandra Palace as the London transmitter.
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