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Bbc history task

  1. 1. BBC HISTORY TASK James Peagam
  2. 2. • October 1922 • Where it all started - BBC Radio • Following the closure of numerous amateur stations, the BBC started its first daily radio service in London 2LO. After much argument, news was supplied by an agency, and music drama and 'talks' filled the airwaves for only a few hours a day. It wasn't long before radio could be heard across the nation.
  3. 3. • September 1923 • The first edition of The Radio Times • The first edition of The Radio Times listed the few programmes on offer, provided advice for budding radio enthusiasts, and numerous advertisements by the fledgling radio industry, offering the latest in radio receiving technology. It was to become one of the world most popular listing magazines.
  4. 4. • February 1924 • Greenwich Time Signal (GTS) - the 'pips’ • Invented by the Astronomer Royal Sir Frank Watson Dyson, and the Director General of the BBC John Reith, the six short 'pips' were designed to mark the precise start of every hour on BBC radio. Today the GTS is heard on BBC Radio 4, and other BBC networks. Time signals based on the same principle exist in other countries.
  5. 5. • November 1929 • John Logie Baird tests television • Using BBC frequencies, John Logie Baird broadcast some of his first experimental television broadcasts from studios near Covent Garden in London. Pictures were in black and white, created by mechanical means, and flickered, consisting of just 30 lines definition.
  6. 6. • May 1932 • Broadcasting House opens and changes radio forever • The BBC had outgrown its studios at Savoy Hill, and had to find a new home. Instead of converting another existing building, the BBC commissioned a purpose built centre. At the time it was one of only two in Europe. Leading modernist designers were employed, and the building is a mixture of functionalist and art deco styles.nd a new home. Instead of converting another existing building, the BBC commissioned a purpose built centre. At the time it was one of only two in Europe. Leading modernist designers were employed, and the building is a mixture of functionalist and art deco styles.
  7. 7. • December 1932 • King George V addresses the Empire • King George V was the first British monarch to broadcast on radio. The ground breaking moment was used to inaugurate the start of BBC Empire Service, forerunner to today BBC World Service, and the King voice was heard for the first time by millions simultaneously.
  8. 8. • 1934 • The 'Type A' Microphone • Commercially available microphones were expensive in the 1930s, so the BBC worked with the Marconi company to develop its own model. The type A, developed and refined over the years, has become the classic BBC microphone as seen in period dramas and films
  9. 9. • November 1936 • The BBC Television Service opens • The BBC was the first broadcaster in the world to provide a regular high definition television service. Programmes we would expect to see today such as drama, sport, outside broadcasts, and cartoons all featured, but not for long. The outbreak of war in 1939 brought programmes to a sudden halt.
  10. 10. • May 1937 • The BBC first television outside broadcast • After only six months of regular TV broadcasts, the BBC took its cameras to the Coronation of King George VI. Recording technology did not exist, so these images were filmed from a television screen at the home of an employee of the Marconi Company.
  11. 11. • 1938 • First foreign language broadcast - Arabic • Announcer Ahmad Kamal Sourour Effendi was recruited from the Egytpian radio service as the voice of the BBC first service in a foreign language. His appointment made the service popular overnight, as Effendi was one of the most loved presenters in the Arab world.
  12. 12. • Why is the BBC unique?

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