1941 in television

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The year 1941 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1941.

Events[edit]

  • April 30 – In the United States the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approves the National Television System Committee (NTSC) standards of 525 lines and 30 frames per second, and authorizes commercial television broadcasting to begin on July 1.
  • May 2 – In the United States 10 television stations are granted commercial TV licenses (effective July 1). These stations are required to broadcast 15 hours per week. Bulova Watch Co., Sun Oil Co., Lever Bros. Co. and Procter & Gamble sponsor the first commercial telecasts from WNBT (now WNBC-TV) in New York.
  • July 1
    • Commercial television authorized by the FCC.
    • NBC television begins commercial operation by its affiliate WNBT using channel 1. The world's first legal television commercial advertisement, for Bulova watches, airs at 2:29 PM on WNBT before a baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. The 10-second advertisement displayed a picture of a clock superimposed on a map of the United States, accompanied by the voice-over "America runs on Bulova time."[1][2] As a one-off special, the first quiz show called "Uncle Bee" was telecast on WNBT's inaugural broadcast day, followed later the same day by Ralph Edwards hosting the second game show broadcast on United States television, Truth or Consequences, as simulcast by radio and TV and sponsored by Ivory soap. Weekly broadcasts of the show commenced during 1956, with Bob Barker.
    • CBS television begins commercial operation on New York station WCBW (now WCBS-TV) using channel 2.
  • December 7 – WNBT broadcasts special news report concerning the Pearl Harbor attack, pre-empting regular programming, a New York Rangers ice hockey game.

Debuts[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Series Debut Ended
CBS Television Quiz July 2, 1941 July 1, 1942
Men At Work July 7, 1941 January 26, 1942
Thrills and Chills Everywere August 27, 1941 1946?

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