On This Day...
In the early hours of the morning, a major storm hit the south of England. BBC Television Centre lost its main power supply. Via a back-up generator NC1 (Network Control for BBC One) kept BBC One on air, with an impromptu edition of BBC Breakfast Time
, presented by Nicholas Witchell from the BBC One continuity studio (NC1 Con), also known as The Broom Cupboard
by viewers of CBBC. The programme later switched to a temporary studio. TV-am was initially broadcast from a small studio at Thames TV before power was restored at its main studios in Camden. Although BBC Two was not due on air until 9am, with Pages from Ceefax
, followed by Daytime on Two
at 9.30pm, an apology caption is believed to have been in place (accompanied by music) from c. 8am. It read: "BBC 2 - We apologise for the lack of programmes. This is due to a major power failure in the south east. Further news on BBC1." LINK: Video Video Video
Following changes to the system of ITV licence allocation laid out in The Broadcasting Act 1990, the Independent Television Commission today announced the results of the franchise round, for licences beginning 1st January 1993. Thames – the biggest programme supplier to the ITV network – was outbid by broadcasting and media services company, Carlton Television. TV-am was outbid by £20m by Sunrise TV. TVS failed to renew its licence because it bid too much – Meridian Broadcasting won that franchise. TSW lost out to Westcountry TV, despite bidding more.
The first edition of Blue Peter airs on BBC TV.
The first episode of Get Smart airs on BBC One.
The first edition of Rainbow airs on ITV.
The first edition of First Report airs on ITV.
The first episode of Emmerdale Farm airs on ITV.
The first colour edition of Bootsie and Snudge airs on ITV.
The first episode of Get Some In airs on ITV.
The final edition of Going for a Song airs on BBC One.
The first edition of Not the Nine o'Clock News airs on BBC Two.
The first episode of By the Sword Divided airs on BBC One.
The first episode of Sweet Sixteen airs on BBC One.
The first episode of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime airs on ITV.
The first edition of The Bill (series) airs on ITV.
The final edition of Ask Margo airs on BBC One.
The first episode of The Bretts airs on ITV.
The first episode of Birds of a Feather airs on BBC One.
The final edition of Terry and Julian airs on Channel 4.
The first edition of Schofield’s Quest airs on ITV.
The 40th anniversary edition of Blue Peter (3,153th edition) airs on BBC One. With four current presenters: Stuart Miles, Katy Hill, Richard Bacon and Konnie Huq; and seventeen former presenters: Leila Williams, Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Simon Groom, Chris Wenner, Tina Heath, Sarah Greene, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Mark Curry, Caron Keating, Yvette Fielding, John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner and Tim Vincent. Three ex-presenters were missing: Anita West, Lesley Judd and Romana D'Annunzio. Two deceased presenters: Chris Trace and Michael Sundin.
The first edition of the BBC News at Ten airs on BBC One. Presented by Michael Buerk.
The first edition of the latest incarnation of Superstars airs on BBC One.
The final edition of The National Lottery: In It to Win It airs on BBC One.
An Audience with Harry Hill airs on ITV.
The One and Only Cilla Black airs on ITV.
The 60th anniversary edition of Blue Peter (5,037th edition) airs on CBBC. Broadcast from two large studios in Salford and presented by Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya, with 25 former presenters: Leila Williams, Anita West, Valerie Singleton, Peter Purves, Lesley Judd, Sarah Greene, Peter Duncan, Janet Ellis, Yvette Fielding, John Leslie, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Stuart Miles, Katy Hill, Romana d’Annunzio, Richard Bacon, Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Liz Barker, Zoe Salmon, Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton, Joel Defries and Barney Harwood. Four deceased presenters and six missing: Simon Groom, Chris Wenner, Tina Heath, Mark Curry who was unwell, Matt Baker who was presenting The One Show and Gethin Jones.
The first episode of There She Goes airs on BBC Two.
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TV presenter, Melvyn Bragg.
TV news presenter, Suzanne Virdee.
TV presenter and DJ, Rick Adams.
TV news presenter, Sally Biddulph.
Johnny Ball presents Play School (BBC Two) for the first time.
Richard Bacon presents Blue Peter (BBC One) for the final time.