1948 in television

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The year 1948 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1948.

Events

  • (undated) - The Ziv Company creates Ziv Television Programs as a subsidiary specializing in the production of original television programs for syndication.[1]
  • February 9 - WLWT, Cincinnati, Ohio, begins commercial broadcasting, changing its call letters from experimental station W8XCT.[2]
  • March 4 - First American television ratings are released by C. E. Hooper.[3][4]
  • March 20 – Renowned Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini makes his television debut, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the U.S. in a program featuring the works of Richard Wagner.
  • April 3 – Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 is played on television in its entirety for the first time in a concert featuring Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The chorus is conducted by Robert Shaw.
  • May 3 – The first network nightly newscast, CBS Television News, debuts on CBS with Douglas Edwards as journalist.
  • June 21 - The first network telecasts of political conventions from Philadelphia.
  • July 29 – The BBC Television Service begins its coverage of the 1948 Olympic Games in London by broadcasting the opening ceremony. From now until the closing ceremony on August 14 the BBC will broadcast an average three and a half hours a day of live coverage from the games, using a special coaxial cable linking the main venue at Wembley Stadium to the television service's base at Alexandra Palace. This is the most ambitious sustained outside broadcast yet attempted by the BBC and is completed without serious problems.
  • July 30 - Professional wrestling premieres during prime-time on the DuMont Network.
  • August 25 – First-ever congressional hearing is televised: "Confrontation Day" between Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
  • November 4 - Moscow TV facility adopted a new 625 line PAL television standard.
  • November 29
  • December 18 — WDSU TV channel 6, NBC affiliate, Becomes the first station in New Orleans and the State of Louisiana as well as the gulf coast of the United States.
  • CBS begins network programming.
  • ABC establishes its first television station in New York.
  • Television manufacturing begins in Canada.
  • Telecasts of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, begin until 1954.

Debuts

Television programs

Series Debut Ended
Picture Page (UK) October 8, 1936 1939
1946 1952
Starlight (UK) November 3, 1936 1939
1946 1949
For The Children (UK) April 24, 1937 1939
July 7, 1946 1950
The Voice of Firestone Televues 1943 1947
1949 1963
Missus Goes A Shopping August 1, 1944 1949
The World in Your Home 1944 1948
Kaleidoscope (UK) November 2, 1946 1953
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports November 8, 1946 June 24, 1960
Muffin the Mule (UK) 1946 1955
Paging You (UK) 1946 1948
Television Screen Magazine 1946 1949
You Are an Artist 1946 1950
Doorway to Fame May 2, 1947 July 4, 1949
Kraft Television Theater May 7, 1947 1958
Kukla, Fran and Ollie October 13, 1947 1957
Meet the Press November 6, 1947
Mary Kay and Johnny November 18, 1947 March 11, 1950
Howdy Doody December 27, 1947 September 24, 1960
Americana 1947 1949
Birthday Party 1947 1949
Café Continental (UK) 1947 1953
Charade Quiz 1947 1949
Eye Witness 1947 1948
Juvenile Jury 1947 1954
In the Kelvinator Kitchen 1947 1948
Musical Merry-Go-Round 1947 1949
Small Fry Club 1947 1951
Television Newsreel (UK) January 5, 1948 1954
The Original Amateur Hour January 18, 1948 September 27, 1970
Court of Current Issues February 9, 1948 June 26, 1951
Stop Me If You've Heard This One March 4, 1948 April 22, 1949
Author Meets the Critics April 1948 October 10, 1954
Hollywood Screen Test April 15, 1948 1953
Texaco Star Theater June 8, 1948 1953
The Ed Sullivan Show June 20, 1948 June 6, 1971
Candid Camera August 10, 1948 2014
CBS Evening News August 15, 1948
Foodini the Great August 23, 1948 June 23, 1951
Actors Studio September 1948 June 1950
Champagne and Orchids September 6, 1948 January 10, 1949
Stained Glass Windows September 26, 1948 October 16, 1949
Ford Theatre October 17, 1948 July 10, 1957
The Growing Paynes October 20, 1948 August 3, 1949
The Adventures of Oky Doky November 4, 1948 May 26, 1949
The Morey Amsterdam Show December 17, 1948 October 12, 1950
The Alan Dale Show 1948 1951
Amanda 1948 1949
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts 1948 January 1, 1958
The Bigelow Show 1948 1949
Break the Bank 1948 1957
Cartoon Teletales 1948 1950
Celebrity Time 1948 September 1952
Child's World 1948 1949
Club Seven 1948 1951
The Philco Television Playhouse 1948 1955
Winner Take All 1948 1952r

Programs ending during 1948

Date Show Debut
June 30 In the Kelvinator Kitchen 1947
Unknown Eye Witness
The World in Your Home 1944

Births

Date Name Notability
January 5 Ted Lange Actor, director (The Love Boat)
January 14 Carl Weathers Actor (Tour of Duty, Arrested Development)
January 8 M.C. Gainey Actor (Against the Law, Lost)
January 29 Cristina Saralegui Cuban-American talk show host and actress
Marc Singer Canadian actor
February 22 John Ashton Actor
February 28 Bernadette Peters Actress and singer
Mercedes Ruehl Actress
March 6 Anna Maria Horsford Actress (Amen, The Wayans Bros.)
March 13 Robert S. Woods Actor (One Life to Live)
March 14 Billy Crystal Actor, comedian (Soap, Saturday Night Live)
March 20 John de Lancie Actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
March 25 Bonnie Bedelia Actress (Love of Life)
March 28 Dianne Wiest Actress (Law & Order)
March 30 Justin Deas Actor (As the World Turns, Santa Barbara, Guiding Light)
March 31 Rhea Perlman Actress (Cheers)
April 6 Patrika Darbo Actress (Step by Step)
April 12 Jeremy Beadle English presenter (died 2008)
April 20 Gregory Itzin Actor (24)
April 30 Perry King Actor (Riptide)
May 6 Paul Linke Actor (CHiPs)
May 8 Stephen Stohn American-Canadian lawyer and producer
May 21 Carol Potter Actress (Beverly Hills, 90210)
June 2 Jerry Mathers Actor (Leave It to Beaver)
June 11 Stephen Schnetzer Actor (Another World)
June 19 Phylicia Rashad Actress (The Cosby Show)
June 29 Fred Grandy Actor (The Love Boat)
July 13 Daphne Maxwell Reid Actress (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
July 19 Beverly Archer Actress (Mama's Family, Major Dad)
July 28 Georgia Engel Actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
August 14 Joseph Marcell Actor (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
August 18 Maureen Garrett Actress (Guiding Light, Ryan's Hope)
August 20 John Noble Australian actor (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow)
September 7 Susan Blakely Actress (Rich Man, Poor Man)
September 13 Nell Carter Actress, singer (Gimme a Break!) (died 2003)
September 16 Susan Ruttan Actress (L.A. Law)
September 17 John Ritter Actor, comedian (Three's Company) (died 2003)
September 24 Phil Hartman Canadian actor, comedian (Saturday Night Live) (died 1998)
Gordon Clapp Actor (NYPD Blue)
September 25 Mimi Kennedy Actress (Homefront)
September 27 Michele Dotrice English actress
A Martinez Soap opera actor and singer
October 2 Avery Brooks Actor (Spenser: For Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
October 5 Sal Viscuso Actor (M*A*S*H)
October 17 George Wendt Actor (Cheers)
October 19 Pat Klous Actress (The Love Boat, Flying High)
October 21 Dick Christie Actor (Small Wonder)
October 28 Telma Hopkins Singer, actress (Family Matters)
October 29 Kate Jackson Actress (Charlie's Angels, Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
November 1 Anna Stuart Actress
November 7 James Houghton Actor (Knots Landing)
November 11 Vincent Schiavelli Actor (died 2005)
December 3 Ozzy Osbourne English singer, songwriter and actor (The Osbournes)
December 11 Susan Blanchard Actress (All My Children)
December 31 Donna Summer Singer-songwriter (died 2012)

References

  1. ^ Newcomb, Horace (2014). "Ziv Television Programs, Inc.". Encyclopedia of Television. Routledge. pp. 2626–2627. ISBN 9781135194796. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cincinnati's T-Day Observed Feb. 15" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 23, 1948. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ (8 March 1948). [www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-BC/BC-1948/1948-03-08-BC.pdf TV 'Amateur Hour' Gets 46.8 Rating], Broadcasting, p. 42
  4. ^ Von Schilling, Jim. The Magic Window: American Television, 1939-53, p. 100 (2013)
  5. ^ "ABC TV Network" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 19, 1948. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "WTVR (TV) to Start April 22, Channel 6" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 19, 1948. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "WBZ-TV Formally Opened at Boston" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 14, 1948. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "WSB-TV in Atlanta Opening on Sept. 29" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 27, 1948. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (2003). Short-Lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops. McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 9780786414208. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  10. ^ Hollis, Tim (2001-10-29). Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781578063963. 

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