BBC One

BBC One is the flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The channel is funded by the television licence fee together with the BBC’s other domestic television stations, and therefore shows uninterrupted programming without commercial advertising. It is currently the most watched television channel in the United Kingdom, ahead of its traditional rival for ratings leadership, ITV.

The BBC Television Service officially began regular broadcasts from a converted wing of the Alexandra Palace in London. BBC TV/BBC1 was based at the purpose-built BBC Television Centre at White City, London between 1960 and 2013.

  • November 2, 1936: Launched as the BBC Television Service.
  • September 1, 1939: The BBC Television Service was taken off the air at short notice two days before Britain’s declaration of war against Germany. The government was concerned that the VHF transmissions would act as a beacon to enemy aircraft homing in on London.
  • June 7, 1946: The BBC Television Service returned to the airwaves, almost starting where it left off, with announcer Jasmine Bligh, and a Mickey Mouse cartoon.
  • October 8, 1960: Renamed BBC TV.
  • April 20, 1964: Became BBC 1 upon the launch of sister channel BBC 2.
  • November 15, 1969: Simultaneously with ITV, and two years after BBC 2, BBC 1 officially began colour programming with a concert by Petula Clark.
  • December 30, 1980: The BBC announced their intention to introduce a new breakfast television service to compete with TV-am.
  • January 17, 1983: The first edition of Breakfast Time was shown on BBC 1.
  • February 18, 1985: BBC 1 was relaunched with a new look.
  • September 9, 1985: The long-standing children’s programming block was overhauled and rebranded as Children’s BBC, which gave it dedicated idents for the first time and had a live in-vision presenter, similar to rival ITV’s Children’s ITV block which had been running since January 1983.
  • October 4, 1997: Rebranded as BBC One.

Idents

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BBC_Television_Symbol_1953
Dec 2, 1953-Oct, 1960

BBC1960
Oct, 1960-Sep 29, 1963

BBC-globe1963
Oct 30, 1963-Apr 20, 1964

Last_bbctv_globe-1964
Apr 21, 1964-Apr 17, 1966

BBC_1_Ident_1966_A
Apr 18-Jun 5, 1966

BBC_1_Ident_1966_B
Jun 6, 1966-Jul 6, 1968

BBC1-1968
Jul 7, 1968-Nov 14, 1969

BBC_One_colour_1969
Nov 15, 1969-1972

BBC_1_1972
1972-1974

BBC1_1970's
1974-Sep 4, 1981

BBC1_1981_Ident_mirror_globe
Sep 5, 1981-Feb 18, 1985

BBC_One_Computer_Originated_World
Feb 18, 1985-Feb 15, 1991

BBC_One_virtual_globe
Feb 16, 1991-Oct 3, 1997

BBC_Balloon_over_Cley
Oct 4, 1997-Mar 28, 2002
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