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Television in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's

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History Coursework Television in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's 1. Describe the impact of television in the 1950's and early 1960's. It was in the 1950's that television made its real impact. Broadcasts first began in the 1930's but only 80,000 sets were sold. In the 1950's transmitters were built that allowed 80% of the population to receive TV signals. Soon 1,500,000 sets were sold. By 1959 10 million sets were sold and in the 1960's nearly 15million were in operation. The TV industry made money and brought jobs to Britain. The real impacts were felt by the new entertainment that TV provided. Major sporting events were broadcast for the first time, starting with the Cup Final in 1953. Later the Grand National, the Boat Race, Wimbledon, cricket and football were all provided by the TV. People could now watch and experience the joys of sports that they could never really have access to before. Other major events could be watched by the nation, 20 million people watched the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953. The broadcasts of these major sporting and national events allowed people to see them for the first time. New channels were soon set up. In 1954 ITV began. This gave people more programmes and improved their entertainment. ...read more.


Critics also accused TV of showing strong language and glorifying crime and violence. It was up to the broadcasters when to show more adult programmes and sometimes if they showed an adult programme before the unofficial watershed time of 9:00 pm then they could face criticism Another criticism that TV faced was due to the BBC and politics. The BBC was supposed to be politically impartial and not take sides. During the 1960's the BBC was criticised for its coverage of political events. Both Labour and Conservative governments complained that the BBC was biased against them. These complaints were due to the fact the politicians did not want to face difficult questions but rather make a speech about a topic of their choice TV also was criticised for its approach to cultural issues. It was accused of telling people what they should want rather than giving them what they did want. Another criticism was that TV caused people in Britain to become very lazy and spend more time sitting about rather than improving their health and as a result caused them to become less energetic and fit. Children spent most of their spare time watching TV rather than doing some thing more active. ...read more.


By the 70's there were a wide range of programmes being shown by the BBC and ITV. Game shows, Christmas programmes, sporting events, beauty competitions, soaps, comedies etc all began to filter onto the TV. It was in the 70's that real celebrities were created due to broadcasting. People wanted to watch programmes hosted by big stars this was a change from the 50's where it was a presenter turned out in a dinner jacket. British people now had more choice as TV broadcasting changed. Advertising really took off when TV began. At first there were no real adverts on the TV in 1950 but when ITV was created in 1954 adverts began to be put on in between programmes. People were now being bombarded with information on new products something that had not previously been done on TV before. TV broadcasting ultimately changed from its formal unobjectionable programmes in the 1950's to its daring and challenging programmes of the 60's. Then the simple laid back programmes in the 70's. These really reflect British society as a whole, where it was strict in the 50's then changing in the 60's where it really began to push the boarders. Society then became more settled in the 70's as did the programmes. ...read more.

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