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For the American TV schedule, see: 1970–71 United States network television schedule.
The year 1970 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of notable television-related events in that year.
- January 1 - WXTV becomes a full time Spanish station, which they remained ever since.
- January 3 – Jon Pertwee makes his first appearance as the Third Doctor in the Doctor Who serial Spearhead from Space. It also marks the first time that the series was broadcast in colour.
- January 19 – CBS launches Operation 100, a plan to beat NBC's ratings in the last 100 days of the season, using the slogan "The man can't bust our network."
- February 7 - The Hollywood Palace variety series airs its 192nd and final hour-long episode on ABC, with Bing Crosby in his 31st appearance as guest host.
- March 7 – The "eclipse of the century" is covered by all three American networks.
- March 16 – The FCC's "Miami channel 10 case" comes to a definite end as the station becomes WPLG.
- March 26 – The first privately owned television station in Thailand, Channel 3, opens in Bangkok.
- May 31 - WAPI-TV 13 in Birmingham ends nine years of dual affiliation with NBC and CBS, becoming an exclusive affiliate of NBC, and WBMG 42 in Birmingham, WCFT-33 in Tuscaloosa and WHMA-40 in Anniston affiliate exclusively with CBS. Previously, Channels 33, 40 and 42 aired programming from NBC and CBS that was not aired on Channel 13.
- July 31 – Chet Huntley anchors his final newscast with David Brinkley and retires, bringing down the curtain on a 14-year career at NBC News and, thus, as chief anchor of The Huntley-Brinkley Report. The next Monday, August 3, the program is renamed NBC Nightly News, its title to this day.
- August 2 – NBC expands full-service newscasts to seven nights a week with NBC Sunday News; it replaces The Frank McGee Report.
- October 5 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) begins broadcasting and National Educational Television is shut down.
- December 25 – Pluto's Christmas Tree is broadcast on BBC1, the first complete Mickey Mouse cartoon to be shown on television in colour.
- In a cliffhanger on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, businessman Sam Reynolds is believed to be dead after he perished in Africa. One of the first "exotic" deaths for a soap opera character, it was in tune with actor Robert Mandan's wish to leave the show.
- "Country" comedian and Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl makes her first appearance on Hee Haw.
- Lloyd Robertson replaces Warren Davis as anchor of CBC Television's The National.
- 60 Minutes (1968–present)
- American Bandstand (1952–1989)
- Another World (1964–1999)
- As the World Turns (1956–2010)
- Bewitched (1964–1972)
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present)
- Bonanza (1959–1973)
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present)
- Bright Promise (1969–1972)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984)
- Clangers (UK) (1969–1972)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Coronation Street (1960–present)
- Crossroads (UK) (1964–1988, 2001–2003)
- Dad's Army (UK) (1968–1977)
- Dark Shadows (1966–1971)
- Days of Our Lives (1965–present)
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976)
- Doctor Who (UK) (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present)
- Face the Nation (1954–present)
- Family Affair (1966–1971)
- Four Corners (Australia) (1961–present)
- General Hospital (1963–present)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958–2007)
- Green Acres (1965–1971)
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
- Hee Haw (1969–1993)
- Here's Lucy (1968–1974)
- Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)
- Ironside (1967–1975)
- It's Academic (1961–present)
- Jeopardy! (1964–1975, 1984–present)
- Julia (1968–1971)
- Kimba the White Lion (1966–1967), re-runs
- Laugh-In (1968–1973)
- Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967–1973)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Love, American Style (1969–1974)
- Magpie (UK) (1968–1980)
- Mannix (1967–1975)
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)
- Mayberry R.F.D. (1968–1971)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
- Monty Python's Flying Circus (UK) (1969–1974)
- My Three Sons (1960–1972)
- One Life to Live (1968–2012)
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978)
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present)
- Play School (1966–present)
- Room 222 (1969–1974)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- Sesame Street (1969–present)
- That Girl (1966–1971)
- The Andy Williams Show (1962-1971)
- The Benny Hill Show (UK) (1969–1989)
- The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
- The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
- The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978)
- The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974)
- The Doctors (1963–1982)
- The Doris Day Show (1968–1973)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984)
- The Goodies (UK) (1970-1982)
- [[The Good Old Days (UK TV series)}The Good Old Days]] (UK) (1953–1983)
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009)
- The Johnny Cash Show (1969–1971)
- The Late Late Show (Ireland) (1962–present)
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982)
- The Mike Douglas Show (1961–1981)
- The Mod Squad (1968–1973)
- The Money Programme (UK) (1966–present)
- The Newlywed Game (1966–1974)
- The Secret Storm (1954–1974)
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present)
- The Today Show (1952–present)
- The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1969–1979)
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003)
- Tom and Jerry (1965–1972, 1975–1977, 1980–1982)
- Top of the Pops (UK) (1964–2006)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–present)
- Where the Heart Is (1969–1973)
- World of Sport (1965–1985)
- Z-Cars (UK) (1962–1978)
- January 5 – Soap opera All My Children on ABC (–2011)
- January 6 – Kate on ITV (–1972)
- January 30 – The Tim Conway Show on CBS (ending June 19)
- February 17 – McCloud pilot on NBC (–1977); The series becomes a regular show the following fall as part of Four in One
- March 30 – Soap opera Somerset on NBC (–1976), while fellow soaps A World Apart (1970–1971) and The Best of Everything (1970) debut on ABC (It marks the last time multiple soaps premiere on the same day in the US)
- September 12 – Josie and the Pussycats, on CBS Saturday morning (–1974)
- September 16 – UFO on ITV (–1971)
- September 17 – The Flip Wilson Show (–1974) and Nancy (–1971) on NBC
- September 19 – The Mary Tyler Moore Show on CBS (–1977)
- September 20 – The Tim Conway Comedy Hour on CBS (ending December 13)
- September 21 – NFL Monday Night Football on ABC (it moved to ESPN in 2006)
- September 24 – The Odd Couple (–1975) and Barefoot in the Park (–1971) both on ABC
- September 25
- November – Mr Benn on BBC in syndication
- November 8 - The Goodies on BBC2
Ending this year
|April 3||The Flying Nun||1967|
|Here Come the Brides||1968|
|April 4||Petticoat Junction||1963|
|May 7||Daniel Boone||1964|
|May 15||Get Smart||1965|
|May 26||I Dream of Jeannie|
|May 27||The Wednesday Play||1964|
|June 19||The Tim Conway Show||1970|
|December 13||The Tim Conway Comedy Hour|
|December 19||H.R. Puffnstuff||1969|
|April 23||Herb Shriner||51||Actor, game show host (Two for the Money)|
|April 30||Inger Stevens||35||Actress (Katy on The Farmer's Daughter)|
|June 11||Frank Silvera||55||Actor (The High Chaparral)|
|August 30||Del Moore||54||Actor, comedian (Life with Elizabeth)|
|September 29||Edward Everett Horton||84||Actor, narrator (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)|