LONDON (AP) — British Broadcasting Corp. marked 100 years of broadcasting on Tuesday, a century after a group of wireless manufacturers founded the company and began filling the airwaves with its first daily radio service.
The BBC was founded on October 18, 1922 in London, and daily broadcasting began a month later. The broadcaster is marking its centenary with a series of special programmes, including a guest appearance by King Charles III on “The Repair Shop”, a program featuring expert craftsmen who restore antiques.
Actress Jodie Whittaker will make her final appearance as the Time Lord in a special episode of “Doctor Who” on Sunday, before Ncuti Gatwa takes over the role.
The BBC has had many turning points in its history. In 1932, King George V was the first British monarch to broadcast on the radio, and his voice was heard by millions simultaneously for the first time. The show inaugurated the start of the BBC Empire Service, the forerunner of the BBC World Service.
This broadcaster launched the first regular TV service in the world in 1936.
In 1953, the BBC’s coverage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was the first time most people at the time had seen the event on television.