On This Day...
Grampian Television - the ITV franchisee for the north east of Scotland - begins broadcasting.
BBC TV's first use of a globe as its on-screen channel identity. The globe device would continue in various forms on BBC One until March 2002.
The ITN News Channel is rebranded the ITV News Channel.
The first edition of Spotlight South West airs on BBC TV South West.
The first episode of Thunderbirds airs on ITV (Midlands/South West/Channel Islands). This was the programme's first airing on ITV. The episode would be transmitted in other ITV regions in October.
The pilot episode of Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt airs on ITV.
The first episode of To the Manor Born airs on BBC One.
The first episode of Shoestring airs on BBC One.
The first episode of US series Roots – The Next Generation airs on BBC One.
The final episode of Sally Ann was due to air on ITV. However, ITV was off air on this date, due to an industrial dispute.
The first episode of First Among Equals airs on ITV.
The final edition of Breakfast Time airs on BBC One.
The first edition of The 11 o’Clock Show airs on Channel 4.
The final episode of Mutual Friends airs on BBC One.
Test Card/Teletext In-Vision Music
BBC One tape Sunflower airs for the first time.
BBC Two tape I Love NYE/Imaginary Sky airs for the final time.
On This Day...
Former TV news presenter, Tony Morris.
Former TV/radio announcer/presenter, Sheila Tracy
Former actor and TV presenter, Geoffrey Hayes.
Research for On This Day in TV History is by Paul R. Jackson.
Details about test card/teletext in-vision music and BBC trade test films are available as a result of decades of research and logging by members of the Test Card Circle.