Muriel Pavlow (1921-)

TLW's BBC TVscope™ (BBC TV Historyscope)

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

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Original Pub. Date: Dec. 15, 2016. Last Update: Dec. 16, 2016.

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Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to BBC TV history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

Sir John C.W. Reith (1889-1971)

On Oct. 18, 1922 the British Broadcasting Co. (BBC) is licensed as a monopoly, and begins domestic radio service on Nov. 14, with Sir John Charles Walsham Reith (1889-1971) as gen. mgr.; initiating broadcasts from London Station 2LO on Nov. 4.

On Jan. 8, 1923 the BBC broadcasts the British Nat. Opera Co.'s production of The Magic Flute from Covent Garden; on June 6 Edgar Wallace reports on the Epsom Derby, becoming the first British radio sports journalist.

On Apr. 23, 1924 George V makes his first broadcast on BBC from Wembly Stadium, opening the British Empire Exhibition.

On Jan. 1, 1927 the BBC and BBC Television (BBC TV) receive a royal charter, changing from co. to corp., with Sir John Reith as dir.-gen. #1 (until 1938); on Jan. 15 the BBC broadcasts its first live sports, an England v. Wales rugby match; on Jan. 22 it broadcasts its first live soccer match, Arsenal v. Sheffield; on July 27 Christopher Stone becomes the first British disc jockey.

On Aug. 20, 1929 BBC-TV makes its first broadcast of John Logie Baird's experimental 30-line TV system.

On Dec. 19, 1932 the BBC begins transmitting overseas with its Empire (World) Service to Australia.

On Dec. 25, 1932 George V gives the first Christmas Speech by a British sovereign from Sandringham Palace, becoming the first British monarch to deliver a Christmas day message by radio, from the BBC's Empire Service on Borough Hill in Daventry.

Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) Isaac Schoenberg (1903-90) Buck and Bubbles

On Nov. 2, 1936 the world's first regular television (TV) broadcasting service is launched by the BBC at Alexandra Palace in London, with a startlingly high definition of 240 lines as a result of work done by Italian-born Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) and Romanian-born Isaac Jacob Schoenberg (1903-90); Buck and Bubbles perform live, becoming the first African-Am. TV artists.

On May 12, 1937 the Coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth is broadcast worldwide, becoming the first worldwide radio broadcast heard in the U.S., and a big V for Technicolor; BBC-TV covers the procession following the coronation, becoming the first use of TV outside a broadcast van; on June 21 it broadcasts the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time; on Sept. 16 it makes the world's first live TV broadcast of a soccer match, between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves.

Muriel Pavlow (1921-)

In Dec. 1937 British actress Muriel Lilian Pavlow (1921-) plays Gretel in a BBC-TV production of "Hansel and Gretel", becoming the first known appearance on TV by a living person.

On Sept. 1, 1939 about 20 min. after airing "Mickey's Gala Premiere", BBC-TV suspends operations for the imment outbreak of WWII.

On Jan. 7, 1940 the BBC Forces Programme debuts on radio (until Feb. 26, 1944).

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