1938 in television

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The year 1938 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1938.

Events[edit]

  • February 21 – The BBC Television Service broadcasts the first ever television science-fiction, a 35-minute adaptation of a segment of the play R.U.R. by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek.
  • March 12 – First news bulletin aired by BBC television, in sound only. Previously, the service had broadcast British Movietone News cinema newsreels.
  • April 1 – The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is first televised by the BBC.
  • April 19 – The first televised football (soccer) match, England vs. Scotland, shown by the BBC.
  • April 23 – The FA Cup Final is televised for the first time by the BBC.
  • May 12 – W2XBS telecasts the 1937 film Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The staff projectionist accidentally played the last reel out of order, ending the film 20 minutes early. NBC was unable to obtain the rights to first run movies for many years to follow.
  • May 14 – The first quiz show, Spelling Bee, is televised by the BBC.
  • May – Communicating Systems, Inc. of New York introduces the first electronic television sets available to the general public in the U.S. Model with 3-inch (76 mm) tube is $125–$150, 5-inch tube is $195–$250. Image only; sound apparatus is $15 more. Sets become available in department stores in June.
  • June – DuMont, an electronics company, introduces television sets in the US, receiving both pictures and sound. $650 for a 10 by 8-in. screen, $395 for 8¼ by 6½ in.
  • June 24 – Test Match Cricket is broadcast for the first time by the BBC, with coverage of the second test of The Ashes series between England and the Australian team, live from Lord's Cricket Ground.
  • September 29 – License for W9XAT Minneapolis, Minnesota, granted in 1929, expires. Television doesn't exist in the area again for a decade.
  • October 26 – The first televised ice hockey match, Harringay Racers vs. Streatham Redskins, shown by the BBC.
  • November 12 – NBC's W2XBT broadcasts what was the first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire on Wards Island near Manhattan.
  • John Logie Baird gives the world's first public demonstration of a colour television broadcast (previous demonstrations of colour television in the UK and US had been via closed circuit). The 120-line image is projected at the Dominion Theatre, London on a 12 by 9 feet (3.7 by 2.7 m) screen in front of an audience of 3,000 people.
  • December 12 – Start of daily television broadcasting in Moscow (USSR).
  • December 31 – 9,315 television sets have been sold in England.

Television shows[edit]

Series Debut Ended
Picture Page (UK) October 8, 1936 1939
1946 1952
Starlight (UK) November 3, 1936 1939
1946 1949
Theatre Parade (UK) 1936 1938
The Disorderly Room (UK) April 17, 1937 August 20, 1939
For The Children (UK) April 24, 1937 1939
July 7, 1946 1950
Sports Review (UK) April 30, 1937 1939
Telecrime (UK) August 10, 1938 July 25, 1939
October 22, 1946 November 25, 1946

Debuts[edit]

  • August 10 – Telecrime (UK), the first television crime series, debuts on the BBC (1938–1939; 1946).
  • December 31 – the first television adaption of Romeo And Juliet is broadcast

Programs ending during 1938[edit]

Date Show Debut
Unknown Theatre Parade (UK) 1936

Births[edit]


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