1948 in television
The year 1948 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1948.
- (undated) - The Ziv Company creates Ziv Television Programs as a subsidiary specializing in the production of original television programs for syndication.
- February 9 - WLWT, Cincinnati, Ohio, begins commercial broadcasting, changing its call letters from experimental station W8XCT.
- March 4 - First American television ratings are released by C. E. Hooper.
- 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 the Deep South in New Orleans, Louisiana
- 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.
- The number of homes in the U.S. that own a television set reaches one million.
- January 5 – Television Newsreel (UK) is first shown on the BBC Television Service (1948–1954).
- April 15 - For Your Pleasure debuts on NBC.
- April 18 - The ABC television network begins operation.
- April 22 - WTVR-TV, Richmond, Virginia, begins broadcasting on Channel 6. WTVR is the first TV station south of Washington, D.C., giving it the nickname "The South's first Television Station."
- June 8 – Milton Berle becomes the first United States television star with the debut of Texaco Star Theater (later The Milton Berle Show) broadcast by NBC (1948–1953).
- June 9 - WBZ-TV, Boston, Massachusetts, begins broadcasting on Channel 4. WBZ is New England's first television station
- June 20 – Toast of the Town, a variety series hosted by Ed Sullivan, premieres on CBS, with guests Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (later renamed, The Ed Sullivan Show) (1948–1971).
- July 1 – Mark Goodson's first game series Winner Take All premieres on CBS (1948–1952).
- August 10 – Candid Microphone (renamed Candid Camera in 1949) debuts on ABC (1948 – present).
- September 8 - For Your Pleasure (TV series)#Girl About Town}Girl About Town debuts on NBC.
- September 29 - WSB-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, begins broadcasting on Channel 8.
- November 15 - The Adventures of Oky Doky premieres (1948–1949).
- November - Super Circus premieres (1948-49 locally on WENR, 1949-1956 nationwide)
- Amanda (1948–1949).
- The Bigelow Show premieres (1948–1949).
- Champagne and Orchids (1948–1949).
- Child's World debuts (1948–1949).
- Actors Studio (1948–1950).
- Cartoon Teletales (1948–1950).
- The Alan Dale Show premieres (1948–1951).
- Club Seven (1948–1951).
|Picture Page (UK)||October 8, 1936||1939|
|Starlight (UK)||November 3, 1936||1939|
|For The Children (UK)||April 24, 1937||1939|
|July 7, 1946||1950|
|The Voice of Firestone Televues||1943||1947|
|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|
|Café Continental (UK)||1947||1953|
|In the Kelvinator Kitchen||1947||1948|
|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|
|Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts||1948||January 1, 1958|
|The Bigelow Show||1948||1949|
|Break the Bank||1948||1957|
|Celebrity Time||1948||September 1952|
|The Philco Television Playhouse||1948||1955|
|Winner Take All||1948||1952r|
Programs ending during 1948
|June 30||In the Kelvinator Kitchen||1947|
|The World in Your Home||1944|
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- "Cincinnati's T-Day Observed Feb. 15" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 23, 1948. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
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- Von Schilling, Jim. The Magic Window: American Television, 1939-53, p. 100 (2013)
- Hyatt, Wesley (2015). Short-Lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops. McFarland. p. 5. ISBN 9781476605159. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- "ABC TV Network" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 19, 1948. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
- "WTVR (TV) to Start April 22, Channel 6" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 19, 1948. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
- "WBZ-TV Formally Opened at Boston" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 14, 1948. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "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.
- Hyatt, Wesley (2003). Short-Lived Television Series, 1948-1978: Thirty Years of More Than 1,000 Flops. McFarland. p. 9. ISBN 9780786414208. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- Hollis, Tim (October 29, 2001). Hi There, Boys and Girls! America's Local Children's TV Programs. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781578063963.
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