February 16 – In the United Kingdom, the "Toddlers' Truce" (an arrangement whereby there were no TV broadcasts between 6 PM and 7 PM, to allow parents to put their children to bed) is abolished. It had been a major obstacle to the success of ITV.
April 1 – In Britain, the BBC's Panorama current affairs television programme presented by Richard Dimbleby broadcasts a spaghetti tree hoax report purporting to show spaghetti being harvested in Switzerland, believed to be the first April Fool's Day joke televised. Meanwhile, in the United States WYES begins broadcasting on channel 8 in New Orleans. WYES would later swap channels with WVUE in 1970.
April 4 - CBS broadcasts "The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue" the 180th and final first run episode of "I Love Lucy".
April 24 – First broadcast of BBC Television astronomy series The Sky at Night in the United Kingdom presented by Patrick Moore. This will be broadcast with the same presenter until his death in December 2012.
When Nat King Cole's television series is unable to get a sponsor, Frankie Laine is the first artist to cross TV's color line, foregoing his usual salary of $10,000.00 to become the first white artist to appear as a guest. Other major performers follow suit, including Mel Tormé and Tony Bennett, but, despite an increase in ratings, the show still fails to acquire a national sponsor.
Gorni Kramer makes his first appearance on Italian television, in the program Il Musichiere.
Cyprus began a limited television service, serving only three hours a day, twice-weekly. By 1960 a full service will be initiated.
Westinghouse introduces the first rectangular tube color TV. Due to issues with convergence (aligning the guns to get a single image), the sets were withdrawn from the market. The first successful rectangular color tubes were sold first during the mid-1960s.