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1968 in British television

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This is a list of British television related events from 1968.

Events

January

February

  • 4 February – Cult series The Prisoner finishes its first run on British television.
  • 5 February – BBC2's Newsroom becomes the first news programme in the UK to be broadcast in colour.[2]
  • 12 February – The Herbs debuts on BBC1.

March

  • 4 March – TWW closes. The station has lost its franchise in the previous ITV licensing awards and decided to close 10 weeks early, selling its remaining airtime to HTV for £500,000; however Harlech is not ready to commence transmissions and to fill the gap an interim service, staffed by former TWW staff, is provided until Harlech's launch on 20 May.

April

  • 1 April – Reporting Scotland launches on BBC1 Scotland, replacing A Quick Look Round.
  • 6 April – The 13th Eurovision Song Contest is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Spain wins the contest with the song "La, la, la", performed by Massiel. This year marks the first time the event is broadcast in colour, with several European countries transmitting the event in colour. Because BBC1 does not yet broadcast in colour, BBC2 airs an encore edition of the show in colour the following day.
  • 20 April – Conservative MP Enoch Powell makes his infamous Rivers of Blood speech about immigration and anti-discrimination legislation in the United Kingdom.[3] The speech is made at the Midland Hotel in Birmingham to a meeting of the Conservative Political Centre at 2:30 pm. The Birmingham-based television company ATV has seen an advance copy of the speech this morning, and its news editor has ordered a television crew to go to the venue, where they film sections of the speech. The speech provokes great outcry among the British public, making Powell simultaneously one of the most popular and loathed politicians in the country, and leading to his rapid dismissal from the Shadow Cabinet by Conservative party leader Edward Heath.

May

June

  • No events.

July

  • 9 July – American time-travel series The Time Tunnel debuts on BBC1.
  • 28 July – Final day on air for ABC which has broadcast to the North and Midlands regions during weekends. The 1968 Contract Round sees the end of weekend franchises in these regions. It is also the last day on air for ATV London which loses its weekend franchise to the newly formed London Weekend Television.
  • 29 July – Granada and ATV broadcast seven days a week to the North-West and Midlands respectively. The North is split into two regions with Granada broadcasting to the North-West and Yorkshire Television broadcasting to the Yorkshire region. It is also the last day on air for Rediffusion, London in the London area.
  • 30 July –
    • Thames Television goes on air, having taken over the ITV London weekday franchise from Rediffusion, London. Thames is a new joint venture between the respective parent companies of ABC (ABPC, famously known for the ABC cinema chain) and Rediffusion (British Electric Traction), the ABPC having been awarded the controlling 51% stake in the new London weekday broadcaster but profits shared equally.
    • Children's magazine programme Magpie premieres on ITV.
  • 31 July – Popular sitcom Dad's Army begins its nine-year run on BBC1 with the episode "The Man and the Hour".

August

  • 2 August – London Weekend Television takes over the ITV London weekend franchise from ATV London. Going on air initially as London Weekend Television, it later adopts the name London Weekend before reverting to London Weekend Television (often abbreviated to LWT) in 1978.
  • August – Independent Television technicians strike immediately after the 1968 franchise changes,[4] causing a national stoppage.[5] The individual companies are off the air for several weeks and an emergency service is established. The ITV Emergency National Service is presented by management personnel with no regional variations, the first time that a uniform presentation practice has been adopted across all regions.[6]

September

October

  • No events.

November

  • No events.

December

Debuts

BBC1

BBC2

ITV

Continuing television shows

1920s

  • BBC Wimbledon (1927–1939, 1946–2019, 2021–2024)

1930s

  • BBC Cricket (1939, 1946–1999, 2021–2024)

1940s

1950s

1960s

Ending this year

Births

See also

References

  1. ^ Tucker, Anthony (13 January 2015). "BBC to let Sooty go: from the archive, 13 January 1968". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ "And now... the news in colour". BBC Genome Blog.
  3. ^ ""1968: Powell slates immigration policy", BBC On This Day". BBC News. 20 April 1968. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  4. ^ Bowden-Smith, Kif Strike Service Vision On, 1 January 2002, accessed 7 May 2009. Archived 2009-05-09.
  5. ^ Carmody, Robin The Bradshaw of Broadcasting Off the Telly June 2000, accessed 7 May 2009. Archived 2009-05-09.
  6. ^ Alyett, Glenn Strike Out Archived 23 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine Talk of Thames, 2005, accessed 7 May 2009
  7. ^ Mark Duguid "Armchair Theatre (1956–74)", BFI screenonline
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