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TV Listings 1939-52

PRE-WAR BBC TELEVISION SERVICE 1936-39

November 2, 1936

The official launch of 
THE BBC TELEVISION SERVICE

From Alexandra Palace

Radio Times related issues
Issue 682 - Oct 23, 1936 (Programmes Oct 25-31) 
TELEVISION NUMBER Launch of the television service
 
with colour cover (by Eric Fraser) in blue and yellow
 

The LONDON EDITION of The Radio Times
 
carried television programme listings through November and December

The first of these issues appeared the following week:
Issue 683 - Oct 30, 1936 (Programmes Nov 1-7) (London)
Full television programmes will begin on Monday.
 
Photo: Elizabeth Cowell, television announcer,
 
in the spotlight studio at Alexandra Palace

From January 8, 1937-38

Start of the Radio Times TELEVISION Supplement

This Supplement was given free with the LONDON EDITION, 
and provided full television programme details

Issue 1 - Jan 8, 1937 (Programmes from Jan 11-16) 
With cover photo of the mast at Alexandra Palace
 
16 pages in sepia
 

Also, with a new masthead,
 THE no longer preceded RADIO TIMES

From ? 1938

End of the TELEVISION SUPPLEMENT

TV listings for all regions

The TELEVISION Supplement finished 
in favour of a single edition covering ALL REGIONS
 
with one or two pages for television listings
 
Plus a regular article: TELEVISION NEWS by 'The Scanner'

September 1, 1939

The BBC TELEVISION SERVICE 
was suspended

Two days before the outbreak of World War Two, 
television was closed down - but radio continued

Radio Times related issue
FIRST WARTIME ISSUE, which superseded issue 831
Issue 831A
 Sep 4, 1939 (Revised programmes Sep 4-10) 
[Supplementary Issue] BROADCASTING CARRIES ON

Television was not to return for nearly seven years


RADIO TIMES POST-WAR BBC TELEVISION LISTINGS 1946-52
THE BBC TELEVISION SERVICE resumed on June 7, 1946

THE SPREAD OF TELEVISION IN RADIO TIMES — 1946-52
Television was phased in over six years 
Full Television listings were not included in all Radio Times issues until August 1952

TVN EDITION

MIDLANDS

NORTH

SCOTTISH

WELSH / NI / WEST

Jun 7, 1946 
From issue 1183/4

Dec 9, 1949
From issue 1365

Oct 5, 1951
From issue 1456

Mar 7, 1952
From issue 1478

Aug 1952
From issue 1500

TV Edn - TV 4/6 pages TV Edn - TV 6 pgs TV Edn - TV 6 pgs TV Edn - TV 6 pgs London - TV 6 pgs
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no TV listings
Midlands - TV 6 pgs Midlands - TV 6 pgs Midlands - TV 6 pgs Midlands - TV 6 pgs
All other editions
TV listings - 1 page
North - TV 6 pgs North - TV 6 pgs North - TV 6 pgs
All other editions
TV - 1 page
Scott - TV 6 pgs Scott - TV 6 pgs
All other editions
TV - 1 page
N.I. - TV 6 pgs
Welsh - TV 6 pgs
West - TV 6 pgs

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