1946 in television

The year 1946 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1946.

List of years in television (table)
In radio


  • February 4 – RCA demonstrates an all-electronic color television system.
  • February 18 – The first Washington, D.C.New York City telecast through AT&T corporation's coaxial cable, in which General Dwight Eisenhower placed a wreath at the base of the statue in the Lincoln Memorial and others made brief speeches, is termed a success by engineers, although Time magazine calls it "as blurred as an early Chaplin movie."
  • February 25 – The prewar U.S. 18-channel VHF allocation is officially ended in favor of a new 13-channel VHF allocation due to the appropriation of some frequencies by the military and the relocation of FM radio. Only five of the old channels are the same as new channels in terms of frequency and none have the same number as before.
  • April 22 – CBS transmits a Technicolor movie short and color slides by coaxial cable from Manhattan to Washington (332 kilometers) and return.
  • June 7 – The BBC Television Service begins broadcasting again for the first time since 1939. The first words heard are "Good afternoon everybody. How are you? Do you remember me, Jasmine Bligh?". Twenty minutes later, the Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Gala Premiere, last programme transmitted seven years earlier at the start of World War II, is reshown.
  • June 19 – The first televised heavyweight boxing title fight between Joe Louis and Billy Conn is broadcast from Yankee Stadium. The fight is seen by 141,000 people, the largest television audience to see a boxing match to this date.
  • July 7 – Broadcasting of the BBC's children's programme For The Children is resumed, one of the few pre-war programmes to resume after reintroduction of the service.
  • August 4 – Children's puppet "Muffin the Mule" debuts in an episode of the series For the Children. He is so popular he is given his own show later that same year.
  • September 6 – Chicago's WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV) commences broadcasting as the first U.S. television station outside the Eastern Time Zone.
  • September 15 – DuMont Television Network begins broadcasting regularly in the United States.
  • October 2 – The first television network soap opera, Faraway Hill, is broadcast by DuMont.
  • October 22 – Telecrime, the first television crime series from the 1930s, is resumed by the BBC, retitled Telecrimes.
  • December 24 – The first church service is telecast, Grace Episcopal Church in New York, on WABD.
  • Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo founds a company, which would later become Sony.
  • Zoomar introduces the first professional zoom lens for television cameras.
  • In the United States, only DuMont and NBC are broadcasting evenings during 1946. DuMont broadcasts a Western movie on Sunday night for an hour, other programming for an hour on Tuesday, and half hours on Wednesday and Thursday nights. NBC broadcasts an hour of programming on Sunday, two hours on Thursday, and the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports on Monday and Friday nights, with an additional hour on Fridays.
  • The first postwar television sets are released by the companies RCA, DuMont, Crosley, and Belmont.


Television shows

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
Telecrime (UK) August 10, 1938 July 25, 1939
October 22, 1946 November 25, 1946
Thrills and Chills from Everywere August 27, 1941 June 4, 1946
The Voice of Firestone Televues 1943 1947
1949 1963
Missus Goes A Shopping August 1, 1944 1949
The World in Your Home 1944 1948
Boxing From St. Nicholas Arena 1946 1948
You Be the Judge 1946 194?
See What You Know 1946 1949
Hour Glass May 9, 1946 March 1947
Face to Face June 9, 1946 January 26, 1947
Geographically Speaking June 9, 1946 October 1947
Cash and Carry June 20, 1946 July 1, 1947
Serving Through Science August 15, 1946 1947
I Love to Eat August 30, 1946 1947
Play the Game September 24, 1946 December 17, 1946
Kaleidoscope (UK) November 2, 1946 1953
Pinwright's Progress (UK) November 29, 1946 May 16, 1947
Faraway Hill October 2, 1946 December 18, 1946
You Are an Artist November 1, 1946 1950
Gillette Cavalcade of Sports November 8, 1946 June 24, 1960
Let's Rhumba 1946 1947
Television Screen Magazine 1946 1949
Campus Hoopla 1946 1947
Muffin the Mule (UK) 1946 1955
Paging You (UK) 1946 1948

Programs ending

June 4 Thrills and Chills from Everywere August 27, 1941
November 25 Missus Goes a Shopping 1944
Telecrime (UK) 1938
December 17 Play the Game 1946
Unknown Paging You 1946



  1. Schrader, Marty (January 12, 1946). "You Be the Judge". Billboard. p. 11. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2009). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Publishing Group. p. 441. ISBN 9780307483201. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
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