1931 in television

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The year 1931 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1931.


  • May 1 – The first wedding is broadcast by television, on New York City's W2XCR.
  • July 21 – CBS's station W2XAB began broadcasting 28 hours a week in New York City. [1]
October 30: NBC on Empire State Building which had opened during May 1931.
  • August – At the Berlin Radio Show, Manfred von Ardenne gives the world's first public demonstration of a television system using a cathode-ray tube for both transmission and reception. Ardenne never develops a camera tube, using the CRT instead as a flying-spot scanner to scan slides and film.[1]
  • October 9 – Canada's first television station, VE9EC, begins broadcasting in Montreal, Quebec. VE9EC was owned jointly by radio station CKAC and the newspaper company La Presse.[2]
  • October 30 – NBC installs a television transmitter on top of the Empire State Building.
  • November 1 – Television images are transmitted from JOAK radio station in Tokyo, Japan by Professors Kenjiro Takayagani and Tomomasa Nakashima. The still images comprise 80 lines at 20 frames per second.
  • December 22 – NBC begins broadcasting experimental test transmissions from the Empire State Building transmitter.
  • December 23 – Don Lee Broadcasting begins broadcasting low-definition electromechanical television from the station W6XAO (later KTSL) in Los Angeles, broadcasting one hour of film footage, six days per week.


Television shows[edit]

Series Debut Ended
Exhibition Boxing Bouts 1931 1932
Hints for Swimmers 1931 1931
Piano Lessons 1931 1932
The Television Ghost 1931 1933
Television Today 1931 1931



  1. ^ Albert Abramson, Zworykin: Pioneer of Television, University of Illinois Press, 1995, p. 111.
  2. ^ "CRTC Origins". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2009-11-15.