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BBC 1 redirects here. For the radio station, please see BBC Radio 1
BBC One logo.svg
Launched 1 October 1936
Network BBC
Owned by British Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 576i (PAL) 16:9
Audience share 20.8% (September 2009, [1])
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Formerly called BBC Television Service
(1936 - 1960)
(1960-April 1964)
(April 1964-4 October 1997)
Sister channel(s) BBC Two,
BBC Three,
BBC Four
Analogue 1 (Normally)
Freeview 1
Freesat 101
Sky Digital 101
Virgin Media 101
Tiscali TV 1

BBC One is a television channel in the United Kingdom. It started on 1 October 1936, and was the first television channel in the United Kingdom. The channel is owned by the BBC. The channel shows lots of different programmes including famous ones such as Only Fools and Horses and EastEnders.

History[change | change source]

BBC Television Service was the world's first regular public television service with a high level of image resolution.[2]

The channel was later renamed BBC TV until the launch of sister channel BBC Two in 1964. After that it was known as BBC1, but changed to the current spelling in 1997. The channel has an annual budget of £840 million, and makes an annual profit of £900 million.[3] Along with the BBC's other UK television stations, it is funded completely by the television licence fee - this means it shows no adverts.

References[change | change source]

  1. BARB channel viewing report
  2. A 240-line intermediate film system and the Marconi-EMI's 405-line all-electronic television service. Germany introduced all-electronic television with a medium level of image resolution (only 180 lines) in 1935.
  3. BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2005/2006

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