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BBC Timeline - October 27th, 2010

• 1922
o 18 October - The British Broadcasting Company is formed.
• 1925
o First BBC shortwave transmissions are broadcast from Daventry's Borough Hill.
• 1927
o 1 January - The British Broadcasting Company becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter. Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General.
o 21 August - The first high-powered regional station (5GB), forerunner of the Midland Regional Programme, opens at Daventry.
• 1929
o 20 August - First transmissions of John Logie Baird's experimental 30-line television system.
• 1930
o 14 July - Transmission of the first experimental television play, The Man With the Flower in His Mouth.
• 1932
o 1 May - Broadcasting House, the BBC's headquarters and home to its main radio studios, is opened.
• 1937
o 12 May - First use of TV outside broadcast van, for the coronation procession of King George VI.
o 21 June - The BBC broadcasts television coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships for the first time.
• 1938
o 3 January - The BBC begins broadcasting its first foreign-language radio service, in Arabic.
o 30 April - The BBC broadcasts television coverage of the FA Cup for the first time.
• 1946
o 7 June - BBC Television broadcasts (405 lines) resume after the war. One of the first programmes shown is the Mickey Mouse cartoon from 1939.
• 1947
o 9 November - First use of telerecording: the Service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph is televised live, and a telerecording shown that evening.
• 1948
o 29 July - The London Olympic Games is televised.
o 26 December - The first Reith Lecture is broadcast on radio.
• 1953
o 2 June - The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey is televised by the BBC and watched live by an estimated audience of 20 million people in the United Kingdom.
• 1957
o 25 December - First TV broadcast of the Queen's Christmas Day message.
• 1963
o 30 September - A globe is used as the BBC Television Service's logo for the first time.
• 1964
o 20 April - BBC2 starts broadcasting (on 625 lines); the existing BBC Television Service is renamed BBC1.
• 1965
o 1 May - The General Overseas Service is renamed the BBC World Service.
• 1967
o 25 June - The first worldwide live satellite programme, Our World, is televised.
o 1 July - Experimental colour TV transmissions (625 lines) begin on BBC Two, starting with the Wimbledon tennis championships.
o 2 December - Colour television officially launched on BBC2.
• 1983
o 17 January - BBC Breakfast Time - the UK's first breakfast television service - is launched, ahead of the ITV franchise TV-am, which follows on 1 February.
• 1985
o 23 January - Television coverage of proceedings in the House of Lords begins.
o 13 July - Live Aid is broadcast to the world on BBC One and BBC Radio 1, the first broadcast of its kind.
• 1986
o 27 October - BBC One starts a full daytime television service. Before today, excluding special events coverage, BBC One had closed down at times during weekday mornings and afternoons broadcasting trade test transmissions and, from May 1983, Pages From Ceefax.
• 1989
o 21 November - Television coverage of proceedings in the House of Commons begins.
• 1991
o 15 April - The World Service Television News service is launched. Unlike World Service radio which is funded by direct grant from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, WSTV is commercially funded and carries advertising, which means that it cannot be broadcast in the UK.
o 14 October - World Service TV launches its Asian service.
o First BBC website created for the BBC Two series The Net.
• 1995
o January - World Service Television is renamed BBC World.
• 1996
o 29 December - What is billed as the last ever episode of Only Fools and Horses is watched by 24.35 million viewers, the largest ever TV audience of a sitcom.
• 1997
o 8 November - The last ever closedown on BBC One. From the following day, BBC One broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with BBC News 24 filling the early hours.
o 9 November - BBC News 24, the Corporation's UK television news service, is launched at 17.30.
o BBC News Online, a web-based news service, begins to expand and become more popular.
• 1999
o 10 May - BBC network news relaunched with new music, titles and a red and ivory set. This design was used for the October 25 relaunch of News 24 - enhancing cross-channel promotion of the service.
• 2000
o 1 October - Final edition of Breakfast News on BBC One and BBC News 24, the last conventional news broadcast in the morning.
o 1 October - Final edition of the BBC Nine O'Clock News on BBC One.
o 2 October - The first edition of Breakfast is broadcast, the new morning show on BBC One and News 24 from 6:00-9:30. (9:00 on BBC News 24), from daily.
• 2001
o 3 March - Bomb explodes outside Television Centre. The blast was later attributed to dissident Irish Republican terrorists and it is suggested the BBC Panorama programme which named individuals as participants in the Omagh bomb was the motive.
• 2004
o 5 July - 50th Anniversary of television news broadcasts.
• 2006
o 31 December - The BBC's current Royal Charter and Agreement expires.
• 2007
o 25 December - BBC iPlayer an online service for watching previously aired shows is launched
• 2008
o 22 January - BBC Three has its identity relaunched showcasing new shows such as Lily Allen and Friends

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