Television Act 1959 

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  • Television Act (1959)
    • BBC 'Official' Channel
      • BBC funded from TV license.
      • BBC2 launched (1964)
    • ITV allowed to run as commercial channel from advertising. (1955)
      • ITV getting 76% of Market share. (1957)
    • First colour TV (July, 1967)
      • End of 1969 more than 200,000 colour TV sets produced.
    • 75% homes had TV - (1961)
      • 91% - (1971)- homes had TVs > Bathtubs
      • Ownership peaked in 1964. Approx. 13 million sets
        • TV no longer a luxury, but a social necessity.
    • Hugh Greene - Director of BBC 1960.
      • Money diverted from radio to TV.
      • Guidelines of nudity and swearing revised.
      • Popular programs authorised.
    • Pilkington Report.
      • Pilkington Enquiry  (1960-62)
        • Branded ITV trial and BBC as 'good tv'. (Benchmark of good TV).
        • ITV now had to include: 1 weekend, 1 weekday play, 2 weekly current affair programmes and the 10 o'clock news.
    • Significant Events.
      • 1958 - 1st time more money was spent on TV than Radio.
      • 1969 - TV was 23% of leisure time.
      • Was (and still is) one of the causes consequences of social change.
    • Expansion
      • Transatlantic TV (1962)
      • Sets become Smaller (1966)
      • TV became available everywhere.
        • Ended isolation .of small villages
        • Led to a Uniformity of culture.
    • Impact of  Expansion
      • News was more important as it could be seen as well as heard.
      • Fictional characters became a commie conversation topic. (Never to happen before)
      • Radios survived  transistor and car radio.

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