This is a list of events from British radio in 1946.

List of years in British radio (table)
In British television
In British music

Events edit

January edit

  • 3 January – American-born Nazi propagandist William Joyce is hanged at HM Prison Wandsworth in London for high treason for his English-language wartime broadcasts on German radio.
  • 20 January – Composer Granville Bantock writes to fellow composer Rutland Boughton criticising the BBC Music Department's attitude towards some newer composers.[1]

February edit

  • No events.

March edit

  • 5 March – Have A Go with Wilfred Pickles and his wife, Mabel, is introduced; it is the first British quiz show to offer prizes (although these are limited to a few pounds and some home-made produce).[2] Initially broadcast as Have a Go, Joe! on BBC Home Service North until August, from 16 September it is produced by BBC Manchester for national transmission on the Light Programme.[2]
  • 24 March – BBC Home Service radio in the UK broadcasts Alistair Cooke's first American Letter. As Letter from America, this programme will continue until a few weeks before Cooke's death in 2004.

April edit

  • No events.

May edit

  • No events.

June edit

  • The BBC's regional director for Wales tells Welsh MPs that there is "not enough talent... to sustain a full continuous programme".[3]

July edit

  • No events.

August edit

  • No events.

September edit

  • 29 September – The BBC Third Programme launches at 6pm. The evenings-only service is devoted to broadcasting cultural and intellectual content, serious classical music and programming about the arts.[4] Its first controller is George Barnes and its chief announcer is Alvar Lidell.[5]

October edit

  • 7 October – The BBC Light Programme transmits the first episode of the daily magazine programme Woman's Hour (initially presented by Alan Ivimey), which will still be running 75 years later.
  • The BBC begins broadcasting a 2-month comedy series Heigh-Ho, its first script by Frank Muir, featuring Peter Waring, Kenneth Horne and Charmian Innes, and produced by Charles Maxwell; no further series is commissioned after Waring's criminal convictions come to light.[6]

November edit

  • No events.

December edit

  • December – BBC correspondent Edward Ward with a sound engineer is landed on Bishop Rock lighthouse to give a report on life there but is trapped there for a month by the weather.[7]
  • 31 December – BBC General Forces Programme closes down.

Unknown edit

  • The BBC adopts the Paris Theatre, a former cinema in London's Regent Street, as a studio for recording comedy and other shows before a live audience.[8]
  • Bush DAC90 bakelite radio introduced in the UK: it becomes the best-selling model for some years.[9]

Station debuts edit

Closing this year edit

Debuts edit

Continuing radio programmes edit

1930s edit

1940s edit

Births edit

Deaths edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Schaarwächter, Jürgen (2015). Two Centuries of British Symphonism: From the beginnings to 1945. A preliminary survey. Vol. 2. Georg Olms Verlag. pp. 779–. ISBN 978-3-487-15228-8.
  2. ^ a b "Have A Go". UK Game Shows. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  3. ^ Briggs, Asa (1995). The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom:. Vol. IV. Oxford University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-19-212967-3.
  4. ^ Hewison, Robert (1995). Culture and Consensus: England, Art and Politics Since 1940. London: Methuen Publishing. ISBN 0-413-69060-1 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "...Alvar Lidell Reading It". Torquay Herald Express. 21 February 1957. p. 7. Archived from the original on 9 May 2023. Retrieved 9 May 2023 – via .
  6. ^ Brunning, Peter (2019). "Peter Waring – magic, comedy and crime, 1916–1949" (PDF). Davenport Collection. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  7. ^ Nicholson, Christopher P. (1995). Rock Lighthouses of Britain: the end of an era? (2nd ed.). Latheronwheel: Whittles. ISBN 1870325419.
  8. ^ "Paris Studios". History of the BBC. BBC. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  9. ^ Evans, Paul; Doyle, Peter (2009). The 1940s Home. Oxford: Shire Publications. ISBN 978-0-7478-0736-0.