EastEnders was first broadcast on 19 February 1985 as part of new BBC One controller Michael Grade’s ‘relaunch’ of the channel. The first episode secured an audience of 17 million.
Desert Island Discs is Britain’s longest-running radio programme.
The new broadcasting company was a consortium of the UK’s leading radio manufacturers, and was jointly funded through a royalty on the sale of radio sets sold by the member producers and a license fee.
Radio 1’s target demographic was, and has continued to be, the 15-29 year old age group which means the music it broadcasts has evolved throughout the station’s history.
Although now largely inaccurate as a result of the inherent delay in the encoding, transmission, and decoding of digital radio broadcasts, the Greenwich Time Signal pips are still a part of many BBC radio programmes.
An Unearthly Child was the first of a four-part serial that saw actor William Hartnell take the role of the time-travelling Doctor Who.
On the 19th February 1985, the BBC’s flagship soap opera EastEnders was broadcast for the first time.
On the 5th February 1924 the BBC ‘pips’ were broadcast for the first time.
On the 23rd November 1963, the first ever episode of cult science fiction television show Doctor Who was broadcast by the BBC.
On the 18th October 1922, the British Broadcasting Company was established.