1944 in television

The year 1944 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1944.

List of years in television (table)
In radio


  • May 22 – The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increases its limits for single ownership of television stations from three to five.
  • May 25 – First commercial U.S. telecast by relay. Eddie Cantor is broadcast from NBC's Manhattan station WNBT to Philco's Philadelphia station WPTZ, via an automatic relay tower halfway between the two cities. (The AT&T corporation's coaxial cable between the cities is unavailable because of the war.) NBC stops broadcasting Cantor in the middle of his rendition of the song "We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me" when it finds some of the lyrics and his gestures "objectionable."
  • August 16
    • Paris télévision – Fernsehsender Paris stops broadcasting. Broadcasting is resumed by the new French government in October 1944 under the name Télévision française with the same technical equipment.
    • John Logie Baird demonstrates the world's first color television picture tube. Color movies are shown from a flying-spot scanner.


Television shows

Series Debut Ended
The Face of the War July 18, 1941 1945
Thrills and Chills from Everywere August 27, 1941 June 4, 1946
The Voice of Firestone Televues 1943 1947
1949 1963
The War As It Happens February 21, 1944 1945
Missus Goes a Shopping August 1, 1944 1949
The World in Your Home 1944 1948
Will You Remember? 1944 1945?
Opinions on Trial 1944 1945?
At Home 1944 1945



  1. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009-06-24). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307483201.
  2. "Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer dies aged 75". BBC News. 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
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