|Launched||4 September 1956|
|Owned by||Sveriges Television|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) (1956-)
720p (HDTV) (2010-)
|Audience share||22.9% (2011, MMS)|
|Formerly called||Radiotjänst TV (1956-1957)
|Sister channel(s)||SVT2, SVTB, SVTK, SVT24|
|Digital terrestrial||Channel 1 (SD)
Channel 61 (HD)
|Canal Digital||Channel 1|
|Com Hem||Channel 1|
|Telia Digital-tv||Channel 1|
The channel began broadcasting in 1956 and was known as Radiotjänst TV, A year later, it was renamed Sveriges Radio TV. In 1969, the second television station TV2 was launched and the existing channel became TV1. Both channels became a part of Sveriges Television (SVT) on 1 July 1979.
When SVT reorganised the two stations in 1987, TV1 would only broadcast programmes produced in Stockholm. In 1996, the channels were reorganised again and renamed SVT1 and SVT2. Another reorganisation took place in 2001 with the primary target of making SVT1 the most popular television channel in Sweden.
SVT's main entertainment shows, the most popular being Melodifestivalen, Så ska det låta and På spåret are broadcast on this channel. Since 2006, SVT1 has fallen behind to commercial rival, TV4 in terms of audience share (22.2% for TV4 as opposed to SVT1's 19%).
On weekdays, a typical broadcast day on SVT1 begins with the breakfast programme Gomorron Sverige (Good Morning Sweden) before the station hands over to the educational broadcasting company Utbildningsradion at 9:30am. SVT1 resumes with lunchtime programmes at 12:00pm before signing off the air until around 3-4pm. SVT1 programming continues throughout the remainder of the day and includes Bolibompa, an hour of children's programmes from 5pm and the main news programme Rapport at 7:30pm. Since December 2004, SVT1 broadcasts through the night with a simulcast of the news channel SVT24. From 25 August 2008, the main editions of the regional news moved from SVT2 to SVT1. This is the first time SVT1 has carried regional programming, the move has been made possible by digitalisation. On the same day, SVT introduced new logos to its channels.
From 7 September 2009, SVT1 starts broadcasting almost round-the-clock, replacing the nightly simulcasts of SVT24 with movies, series and reruns of SVT programmes.
The channel was initially named Radiotjänst TV, and changed its name to Sveriges Radio TV when its mother company changed its name. It was usually referred to as TV for short, as it was the only television service available at the time.
When a second channel was launched, the first was named TV1. As colour television came, TV1 started using a blue background behind their logo.
TV1 and TV2 became a separate company called Sveriges Television in the late 1970s. It received a new logo in 1980. It was drawn by the English graphic designer Sid Sutton and consisted of the letters S, V and T drawn as three stripes, coloured blue, red and green. TV1 and TV2 also got matching logo. Although the logo sometimes appeared red, green and blue, on-screen TV1 usually used a white version on coloured backgrounds.
The channel was renamed as Kanal 1 in 1987. At the same time, the in-vision announcers were removed from the channel. Instead, announcers would talk over slides.
In-vision announcers returned only for Christmas but completely in 1994 and have stayed ever since.
The two channels were merged and renamed in 1996. Kanal 1 would now be called SVT1 and received new graphics and repurposed logos. The SVT1 logo would now appear white in a blue square.
New graphics arrived one year later. The logo would now appear inside a green circle and a blue rectangle.
The final version of the striped logos arrived in 1997 and showed the logos on top a blue ball.
Transmitters in Sweden
- 1956-1996, transmits only in Stockholm while TV2 transmit in region to region.
- Since 1996, transmits in every region of Sweden.
In 2001, all SVT channel went through a major rebranding with new logos. The new logo was designed by Timothy Wilkinson and Darrell Pockett from English & Pockett. The new corporate symbol was a star made up of five flower petals (the "starflower").
SVT1's new logo was an orange square with the numeral "1" in the Myriad font next to the starflower. The new graphics used on the channel were orange, red and violet.
In 2003, a new, predominantly orange, graphics package was launched. It was used until 2008 with minor changes. In 2007, all SVT continuity switched from the old 4:3 format the new widescreen format. Since 2001, SVT1 intended to become the popular channel of all except the narrower niche profile channel, SVT2.
SVT1 underwent another rebranding on 25 August 2008. The channels received new logos from a Stockholm-based firm called "Liberty". The new logos didn't feature the starflower. For SVT1, the logo consisted of the lowercase letters S, V and T in white and the numeral "1" in orange in a violet rectangle, which has the shape of a modern television screen. The new graphics from the channel were designed by Dallas Sthlm.
- SVT (Swedish)