1954 in television

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The year 1954 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1954.

Events[edit]

  • January 1 – NBC broadcasts the Rose Parade in NTSC color on 21 stations.
  • January 3 – RAI launched in Italy.
  • January 10 – CBMT opens in Montreal, making that city the first in Canada to have 2 stations operating. The new station uses the English language, leaving CBFT to continue entirely in French.
  • January 11 – The first weather forecast with an in-vision presenter is televised in the UK.
  • March 28 – WKAQ-TV became the first television station in Puerto Rico.
  • April – The American Broadcasting Company broadcasts the Army-McCarthy hearings live and in their entirety.
  • May 1 – WAPA-TV became the second television station in Puerto Rico.
  • May 17–May May 23 – One week (the so-called "Sandrewsveckan" ["Sandrews week"]) of experimental television broadcasts becomes the first time TV is broadcast in Sweden.
  • June 5 – The last new episode of the comic variety program, Your Show of Shows, airs.
  • June 13 – First television broadcast begins in Colombia.
  • July 5 – First actual news bulletin, News and Newsreel, aired on BBC Television, replacing Television Newsreel.
  • September 11 – The Miss America Beauty Contest airs for the first time on national television in the United States. 27 million viewers watched as Lee Ann Meriwether won the title. Meriwether would later become a television actress, co-starring in Barnaby Jones (1973–1980).
  • October 2 – The Jimmy Durante Show premieres on NBC (1954–1956).
  • October 29 – Sveriges Radio begins broadcasting TV in Sweden and apart from news and a weather forecast, the first Swedish TV programme is "En skål för televisionen" ("A Toast to Television") lead by Lennart Hyland. For the first few months (until spring 1955), Swedish TV is broadcast one evening a week and for about an hour each time.
  • November 3 – Disney's Alice in Wonderland airs on ABC.
  • November 19 – TMC Monte Carlo launched in Monaco is the first Microstate Television
  • December 12 – BBC Television broadcasts its famous, and controversial, adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • The Television Act 1954 authorises setting up the infrastructure for British commercial television.
  • The British Academy Television Awards, the most prestigious awards of the British television industry, are first awarded.
  • The RCA CT-100 and Westinghouse 15" color sets hit the market. Neither are big sellers.

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listed by starting year

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