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.

Events[edit]

  • 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.

Debuts[edit]

Television shows[edit]

listed by starting year

Programs ending during 1953[edit]

Show Debut
Picture Page (UK) 1946
Stop the Music 1949
Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town 1951

Births[edit]