1960 in television
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The year 1960 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1960.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1960–61 United States network television schedule.
- February 10 – Jack Paar temporarily quits his television program in the United States because his monologue had been edited the night before, in favor of a three-minute news update. Parr walks out to the audience at the beginning of the show, announces that he is quitting, says "There's got to be a better way to make a living," and then walks off the stage. After network executives apologize personally, Parr resumed hosting the program a month later. His first show back starts with the words "As I was saying before I was interrupted...".
- February-September - In a first for US Audiences, CBS broadcasts the 1960 Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics, on an exclusive basis, for $60,000. From Squaw Valley, American viewers are treated to 31 hours of coverage, which includes a mix of alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and ski jumping. The Winter Olympic broadcast is hosted by Walter Cronkite while a young Jim McKay, who will go on to host ABC's Olympic coverage, does the Rome Games.
- March 1 - Philippines's third television station DZTV Channel 13 (now owned by the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation) started broadcasts on March 1, 1960 at 6:30pm under the Inter-Island Broadcasting Corporation through the tri-media conglomerate of RMN-IBC-Philippine Herald owned by Andrés Soriano, Sr., the then owner of San Miguel Corporation.
- March 2 - Lucille Ball files for divorce from Desi Arnaz, ending their 20-year marriage and the I Love Lucy franchise on CBS.
- June 1 - Auckland TV2, as predecessor for TVNZ 1 (Television New Zealand), a first television station in New Zealand, officially regular broadcasting service to start in Auckland.
- June 20 – Nan Winton becomes the first national female newsreader on BBC television in the United Kingdom.
- June 29 – The BBC Television Centre is opened in London.
- August 20 - NRK1, a first television station in Norway, an officially regular broadcasting service to start in Oslo.
- September 24 – After thirteen seasons of entertaining American children, NBC children's show Howdy Doody ends with Clarabell the Clown saying the final two words of the show ("Goodbye Kids") after being assumed to only be mute.
- September 25 – First Japanese colour television broadcast.
- September 26 – American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate live by television. The candidates behavior and/or appearance during the debate may have altered the outcome of the election. In addition to being the first presidential debates to be televised, the debates also marked the first time "split screen" images were used by a network.
- October 1 - Argentine television station, El Trece, a first officially regular broadcasting service to start in Buenos Aires.
- October 12 – Inejiro Asanuma, chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated by Otoya Yamaguchi using a wakizashi (samurai sword) during a political debate in Tokyo being taped by Japanese television broadcaster NHK.
- November 4 - The University of Chile inaugurates its TV station over Channel 9 in Santiago, Chile. Its first broadcast marks the very first live broadcast of a TV show in Chile.
- December 9 – The first episode of soap opera Coronation Street, made by Granada Television in Manchester, England, is aired on ITV. Intended as a 13-week pilot and disfavored by critics, it continues to air past its 55th anniversary as Britain's longest running soap.
- December 31 – Norma Zimmer officially becomes Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show.
- Frank and Doris Hursley start their soap opera writing career, taking the jobs of joint head writers for the series Search for Tomorrow.
- Nearly 90% of homes in the United States now have a television set, and over one hundred million television sets are in use worldwide.
- January 9 – Baseball competition Home Run Derby begins a six-month run in syndication.
- January 25 – Series The Kate Smith Show begins a six-month run on CBS.
- February 7 – Series Overland Trail begins a four-month run on NBC.
- June 1 – TV One is initiated in Auckland. This was the first television transmission in New Zealand.
- September 6 - Series Coronado 9 begins a six-month run on NBC (1960-61).
- September 11 – Series Danger Man premieres on ITV in UK; broadcast also by CBS in USA (1960-1961, 1964-1966).
- September 17 – Series Checkmate premieres on CBS (1960-1962).
- September 29 – Series My Three Sons premieres (1960-1972).
- September 30 – Hanna Barbera's series The Flintstones debut on ABC (1960-1966).
- October 1 - NBC commences airings of The Shari Lewis Show and Popeye The Sailor (Both 1960-1963)
- October 3 – Series The Andy Griffith Show premieres on CBS (1960-1968).
- October 7 – Series Route 66 premieres on CBS (1960-1964).
- October 11 - The Bugs Bunny Show, Looney Tunes' first television series (1960-2000).
- December 9 – Soap opera Coronation Street premieres on Granada Television in UK (1960-present).
- Comedy show Radio Rochela (previously the La Cruzada del Buen Humor segment of El Show de las Doce) debuts on RCTV in Venezuela (1960-2010).
- Meet the Press (1947–present).
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960).
- Candid Camera (1948–present).
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971).
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present).
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995).
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963).
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965).
- Men Into Space (1959–1960).
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988).
- What's My Line (1950–1967).
- Love of Life (1951–1980).
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986).
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present).
- American Bandstand (1952–1989).
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966).
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009).
- The Today Show (1952–present).
- This Is Your Life (US) (1952–1961).
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present).
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983).
- Face the Nation (1954–present).
- The Brighter Day (1954–1962).
- The Milton Berle Show (1954–1967).
- The Secret Storm (1954–1974).
- The Tonight Show (1954–present).
- Zoo Quest (UK) (1954–1964).
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962).
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984).
- Cheyenne (1955–1962).
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976).
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975).
- Jubilee USA (1955-1960).
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982).
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003).
- Armchair Theatre (UK) (1956–1968).
- As the World Turns (1956–2010).
- Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1962).
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978).
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984).
- The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (1956-1961).
- The Price Is Right (1956–1965).
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–2008).
- Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963).
- The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (1957-1960).
- The Army Game (UK) (1957–1961).
- Perry Mason (1957–1966).
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present).
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present).
- General Motors Presents (Can) (1953–1956, 1958–1961)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958-2007).
- Peter Gunn (1958–1961).
- The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966).
- The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1962).
- Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961).
- Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)
- Bonanza (1959–1973).
- Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963).
- Juke Box Jury (1959–1967, 1979, 1989–1990).
- The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968).
- The Twilight Zone (1959-1964, 1985–1988, 2002).
- The Rebel (1959–1961).
|January 4||Julia St. John||British actress|
|April Winchell||American voice actress, daughter of Paul Winchell|
|January 6||Howie Long||American football player, commentator|
|January 30||Tony O'Dell||American actor (Head of the Class)|
|February 7||Robert Smigel||American actor, comedian (Saturday Night Live)|
|James Spader||American actor (Boston Legal, The Blacklist)|
|February 19||Leslie Ash||English actress (Men Behaving Badly)|
|February 20||Wendee Lee||American voice actress|
|February 22||Paul Abbott||English screenwriter (Shameless)|
|February 28||Dorothy Stratten||Canadian model (Playboy) and actress (d. 1980)|
|March 12||Jason Beghe||American actor (Chicago P.D.)|
|Courtney B. Vance||American actor (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)|
|March 17||Vicki Lewis||American singer, actress (NewsRadio)|
|March 25||Haywood Nelson||American actor (What's Happening!!, What's Happening Now!!)|
|Brenda Strong||American actress (Desperate Housewives)|
|March 26||Ellia English||American singer, actress (The Jamie Foxx Show)|
|April 7||Elaine Miles||American actress (Northern Exposure)|
|April 8||John Schneider||American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard)|
|April 11||Jeremy Clarkson||English journalist and presenter (Top Gear)|
|April 14||Brad Garrett||American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond, 'Til Death)|
|Brian Forster||American actor (The Partridge Family)|
|April 16||Stan Foster||American actor (Tour of Duty)|
|Michel Gill||American actor (House of Cards, Mr. Robot)|
|April 23||Valerie Bertinelli||American actress (One Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland)|
|May 6||Julianne Phillips||American model, actress (Sisters)|
|May 17||Fiona Hutchison||American actress (One Life to Live, Guiding Light)|
|May 20||John Billingsley||American actor (Star Trek: Enterprise)|
|Tony Goldwyn||American actor, director (Scandal)|
|May 31||Chris Elliott||American actor, comedian (Saturday Night Live, Get a Life)|
|June 5||Leslie Hendrix||American actress (All My Children, Law & Order)|
|June 17||Thomas Haden Church||American actor (Wings)|
|July 8||Valarie Pettiford||American actress (Half & Half)|
|July 10||Jeff Bergman||American voice actor (The Looney Tunes Show)|
|July 11||Caroline Quentin||English actress (Men Behaving Badly)|
|July 14||Jane Lynch||American actress (Glee)|
|July 15||Willie Aames||American actor (Eight is Enough, Charles in Charge)|
|July 16||Leila Kenzle||American actress (Mad About You)|
|July 17||Nancy Giles||American actress (China Beach), commentator (CBS News Sunday Morning)|
|July 18||Anne-Marie Johnson||American actress|
|July 21||Matt Mulhern||American actor (Major Dad)|
|August 6||Grant Aleksander||American actor (Guiding Light)|
|August 7||David Duchovny||American actor (The X-Files)|
|August 10||Antonio Banderas||Spanish actor, director (Interview with the Vampire, Shrek)|
|August 16||Timothy Hutton||American actor, producer (Ordinary People, Leverage)|
|August 28||Emma Samms||British actress (General Hospital, Dynasty)|
|Jodi Carlisle||American actress (The Wild Thornberrys)|
|September 4||Damon Wayans||American actor, comedian (In Living Color, My Wife and Kids, Lethal Weapon)|
|September 11||Anne Ramsay||American actress (Mad About You)|
|September 14||Radames Pera||American actor (Kung Fu)|
|Melissa Leo||American actress (All My Children, The Young Riders)|
|September 16||Jayne Brook||American actress (Chicago Hope)|
|September 21||David James Elliott||Canadian actor (JAG)|
|Mary Mara||American actress (Law & Order, ER, Nash Bridges)|
|September 22||Scott Baio||American actor (Happy Days, Charles in Charge, Diagnosis: Murder)|
|October 24||BD Wong||American actor (Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)|
|October 25||Tom Eplin||American actor (Another World, As the World Turns)|
|October 28||Mark Derwin||American actor (The Young and the Restless)|
|October 30||Charnele Brown||American actress (A Different World)|
|November 4||Kathy Griffin||American actress (Suddenly Susan, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List)|
|November 8||Michael Nyqvist||Swedish actor (Millennium) (d. 2017)|
|November 13||Neil Flynn||American actor (Scrubs, The Middle)|
|December 9||Jeff "Swampy" Marsh||American voice actor (Major Monogram on Phineas and Ferb)|
|December 14||Don Franklin||American actor (The Young Riders, seaQuest DSV, Seven Days)|
|December 19||Mike Lookinland||American actor (The Brady Bunch)|
|December 25||Ron Bottitta||British actor (Lost)|
|December 27||Harry Goaz||American actor (Twin Peaks)|
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- TVNZ 1#History#1960 – 1975: NZBC TV Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Hill, Jane. "Remembering Nan Winton". About the BBC. BBC. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- NRK1 Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.