1931 in television

The year 1931 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1931.

List of years in television (table)
In radio


  • May 1 – The first wedding is broadcast by television, on New York City's W2XCR.
  • July 21 – CBS's station W2XAB began broadcasting 28 hours a week in New York City. [1]
October 30: NBC on Empire State Building which had opened during May 1931.
  • August – At the Berlin Radio Show, Manfred von Ardenne gives the world's first public demonstration of a television system using a cathode-ray tube for both transmission and reception. Ardenne never develops a camera tube, using the CRT instead as a flying-spot scanner to scan slides and film.[1]
  • October 9 – Canada's first television station, VE9EC, begins broadcasting in Montreal, Quebec. VE9EC was owned jointly by radio station CKAC and the newspaper company La Presse.[2]
  • October 30 – NBC installs a television transmitter on top of the Empire State Building.
  • November 1 – Television images are transmitted from JOAK radio station in Tokyo, Japan by Professors Kenjiro Takayagani and Tomomasa Nakashima. The still images comprise 80 lines at 20 frames per second.
  • December 22 – NBC begins broadcasting experimental test transmissions from the Empire State Building transmitter.
  • December 23 – Don Lee Broadcasting begins broadcasting low-definition electromechanical television from the station W6XAO (later KTSL) in Los Angeles, broadcasting one hour of film footage, six days per week.


Television showsEdit

Series Debut Ended
Exhibition Boxing Bouts 1931 1932
Hints for Swimmers 1931 1931
Piano Lessons 1931 1932
The Television Ghost 1931 1933
Television Today 1931 1931



  1. ^ Albert Abramson, Zworykin: Pioneer of Television, University of Illinois Press, 1995, p. 111.
  2. ^ "CRTC Origins". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. September 5, 2008. Archived from the original on January 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2009.