Television Newsreel

Television Newsreel

Television Newsreel

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Television Newsreel was a British television programme, the first regular news programme to be made in the UK. Produced by the BBC and screened on the BBC Television Service from 1948 to 1954 at 7.30pm, it adapted the traditional cinema newsreel form for the television audience, covering news and current affairs stories as well as quirkier 'human interest' items, sports and cultural events. The programme's opening title sequence, featuring a graphic of the transmission mast at Alexandra Palace with the title revolving around it, became a well-known image of the time. The theme tune was Girls in Grey by Charles Williams and played by the Queen's Hall Light Orchestra. It was published by Chappell on one of their mood music records - it was not specifically written for the newsreel but composed during World War Two for the Women's Junior Air Corps.


Previously, the BBC had screened cinema newsreels from British Movietone News as well as sound-only news bulletins from BBC Radio. Following the resumption of the television service in 1946, after its World War II hiatus, a BBC Film Unit was set up to produce items on film, as opposed to the vast majority of the BBC's output of the time which was transmitted live via the electronic cameras of the Alexandra Palace studios.

The first Television Newsreel was shown on Monday January 5, 1948. Each edition was fifteen minutes long, and would consist of a number of different items, tending to be fewer and longer in length than in...
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