1952 in television
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The year 1952 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1952.
- January 14 – NBC's Today series debuts, with host Dave Garroway, newsreader Jim Fleming and announcer Jack Lescoulie.
- February 15 – The funeral of King George VI is televised in the UK.
- July 20 – Arrow to the Heart, the first collaboration between director Rudolph Cartier and scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, is broadcast by BBC Television.
- August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name.
- September 6 – Television debuts in Canada with the initiation of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec.
- September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario begins broadcasting as Canada's second TV station.
- September 20 – The first commercial Ultra High Frequency (UHF) television station in the world, KPTV (now a Fox company affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.
- October 7 – WFIL-TV Philadelphia's afternoon series Bandstand, which will become American Bandstand, changes emphasis to teens dancing to popular records
- November 16 - CBS Television City in Hollywood, California opens.
- The first political advertisements appear on US television. Democrats buy a 30 minute time segment for their candidate, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson receives unfavorable mail for interfering with a broadcast of I Love Lucy. Dwight Eisenhower buys 20 second commercial segments and wins the election.
- The first telecast of an atomic bomb detonation (KTLA).
- The US Federal Communications Commission reserves channels for non-commercial, public broadcasting.
- There are approximately 146,000 television sets in Canada and most antennas are pointed towards WBEN-TV (now WIVB) in Buffalo, USA.
- The first telecast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast by CBS.
- January 14 – The Today Show premieres on NBC (1952–present).
- March 1 – Death Valley Days premieres in syndication (1952–1975).
- June 19 – I've Got a Secret premieres on CBS (1952–1967).
- June 30 – The Guiding Light premieres on CBS (1952–2009). This soap opera began on radio in 1937 and finished during 1952. It became the longest-running regularly scheduled drama program in television history.
- September – This Is the Life on DuMont. This religious drama was broadcast from 1952 through the late 1980s, most of the time syndicated.
- September 19 – Adventures of Superman premieres in syndication (1952–1958).
- October 26 – Victory at Sea, one of the first historic documentary series, premieres on NBC (1952–1953).
- November 1 – Hockey Night in Canada premieres on CBC (1952–present).
- November 6 - Biff Baker, U.S.A. premieres on CBS (1952–1953)
- November 8 - My Hero premieres on NBC (1952–1953)
- December 1 - The Abbott and Costello Show premieres in syndication (1952–1954)
- December 15 – Flower Pot Men premieres on BBC Television (1952).
- American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, premieres as local program in Philadelphia (1952–1989).
- Life Is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen premiers on DuMont (1952–1955), then on ABC (1955–1957)
- My Little Margie (1952–1955), starring Gale Storm.
- See It Now premieres, hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC (1952–1966).
- The Ernie Kovacs Show premieres. Kovacs explores the boundaries of television technology with his use of special effects (1952–1953).
- Meet the Masters, a program about classical music, premieres on NBC and WGN-TV.
- This Is Your Life premieres in the US (1952–1961).
- Life with Elizabeth, sitcom featuring Betty White (1952–1955).
listed by starting year
- Muffin the Mule (UK) (1946–1955).
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960).
- Kaleidoscope (UK) (1946–1953).
- Café Continental (UK) (1947–1953).
- Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954).
- Juvenile Jury (1947–1954).
- Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957).
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960)
- Kraft Television Theater (1947–1958)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Television Newsreel (UK) (1948–1954)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The Texaco Star Theater (1948–1953)
- Bozo the Clown (1948–present).
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Martin Kane, Private Eye (1949–1954)
- The Goldbergs (1949–1955)
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963)
- Hawkins Falls (1950, 1951–1955)
- Cisco Kid (1950–1956)
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)
- Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)
- What's My Line (1950–1967)
- Amos & Andy (1951–1953)
- Dragnet (1951–1959)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
- Life with Elizabeth (1952–1955)
Programs ending during 1952
|Unknown||Picture Page (UK)||1946|
|Stop the Music||1949|
|Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town||1951|
|March 2||Laraine Newman||actress, comedian, Saturday Night Live|
|March 4||Ronn Moss||actor, musician, The Bold and the Beautiful|
|April 1||Annette O'Toole||actress|
|April 5||Mitch Pileggi||actor, The X-Files|
|April 6||Marilu Henner||actress & producer|
|May 4||Michael Barrymore||British comedian & presenter|
|May 6||Gregg Henry||actor & musician|
|Michael O'Hare||actor, Babylon 5|
|May 11||Frances Fisher||British-born actress|
|May 21||Mr. T||actor, The A-Team|
|June 18||Carol Kane||actress|
|June 20||John Goodman||actor|
|July 1||Dan Aykroyd||Canadian actor, comedian, Saturday Night Live|
|July 17||David Hasselhoff||actor|
|August 10||Daniel Hugh Kelly|
|August 18||Patrick Swayze||actor & dancer (died 2009)|
|August 19||Jonathan Frakes||actor, director, Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|September 25||Christopher Reeve||actor (died 2004)|
|October 9||Sharon Osbourne||The Osbournes, The X Factor|
|October 28||Annie Potts||actress, Designing Women|
|November 3||Roseanne Barr||actress & comedian|
|November 8||Alfre Woodard||actress|
|December 9||Michael Dorn||actor, Star Trek: The Next Generation|
|December 12||Sarah Douglas||English actress|