1960 in television
The year 1960 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1960.
- February 10 – Jack Paar temporarily quits his television program in the United States because his monologue had been edited the night before, in favor of a three-minute news update. Parr walks out to the audience at the beginning of the show, announces that he is quitting, says "There's got to be a better way to make a living," and then walks off the stage. After network executives apologize personally, Parr resumed hosting the program a month later. His first show back starts with the words "As I was saying before I was interrupted...".
- February-September - In a first for US Audiences, CBS broadcasts the 1960 Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics, on an exclusive basis, for $60,000. From Squaw Valley, American viewers are treated to 31 hours of coverage, which includes a mix of alpine skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating, and ski jumping. The Winter Olympic broadcast is hosted by Walter Cronkite while a young Jim McKay, who will go on to host ABC's Olympic coverage, does the Rome Games.
- March 2 - Lucille Ball files for divorce from Desi Arnaz, ending their 20-year marriage and the I Love Lucy franchise on CBS.
- June 1 – Auckland TV2, as predecessor for TVNZ 1 (Television New Zealand), a first television station in New Zealand, officially regular broadcasting service to start in Auckland.
- June 20 – Nan Winton becomes the first national female newsreader on BBC television in the United Kingdom.
- June 29 – The BBC Television Centre is opened in London.
- August 20 – NRK1, a first television station in Norway, an officially regular broadcasting service to start in Oslo.
- September 24 – After thirteen seasons of entertaining American children, NBC children's show Howdy Doody ends with Clarabell the Clown saying the final two words of the show ("Goodbye Kids") after being assumed to only be mute.
- September 25 – First Japanese colour television broadcast.
- September 26 – American presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon debate live by television. The candidates behavior and/or appearance during the debate may have altered the outcome of the election. In addition to being the first presidential debates to be televised, the debates also marked the first time "split screen" images were used by a network.
- October 1 – Argentine television station, El Trece, a first officially regular broadcasting service to start in Buenos Aires.
- October 12 – Inejiro Asanuma, chairman of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated by Otoya Yamaguchi using a wakizashi (samurai sword) during a political debate in Tokyo being taped by Japanese television broadcaster NHK.
- December 9 – The first episode of soap opera Coronation Street, made by Granada Television in Manchester, England, is aired on ITV. Intended as a 13-week pilot and disfavored by critics, it continues to air past its 55th anniversary as Britain's longest running soap.
- December 31 – Norma Zimmer officially becomes Lawrence Welk's "Champagne Lady" on The Lawrence Welk Show.
- January 25 – Series The Kate Smith Show begins a six-month run on CBS.
- February 7 – Series Overland Trail begins a four-month run on NBC.
- June 1 – TV One is initiated in Auckland. This was the first television transmission in New Zealand.
- September 11 – Series Danger Man premieres on ITV in UK; broadcast also by CBS in USA (1960-1961, 1964-1966).
- September 17 – Series Checkmate premieres on CBS (1960-1962).
- September 29 – Series My Three Sons premieres (1960-1972).
- September 30 – Hanna Barbera's series The Flintstones debut on ABC (1960-1966).
- October 3 – Series The Andy Griffith Show premieres on CBS (1960-1968).
- October 7 – Series Route 66 premieres on CBS (1960-1964).
- October 11 - The Bugs Bunny Show, Looney Tunes' First Television Series (1960-2000)
- December 9 – Soap opera Coronation Street premieres on Granada Television in UK (1960-present).
- Comedy show Radio Rochela (previously the La Cruzada del Buen Humor segment of El Show de las Doce) debuts on RCTV in Venezuela (1960-2010).
- Meet the Press (1947–present).
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960).
- Candid Camera (1948–present).
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971).
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present).
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995).
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963).
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965).
- Men Into Space (1959–1960).
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988).
- What's My Line (1950–1967).
- Love of Life (1951–1980).
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986).
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present).
- American Bandstand (1952–1989).
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966).
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009).
- The Today Show (1952–present).
- This Is Your Life (US) (1952–1961).
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present).
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983).
- Face the Nation (1954–present).
- The Brighter Day (1954–1962).
- The Milton Berle Show (1954–1967).
- The Secret Storm (1954–1974).
- The Tonight Show (1954–present).
- Zoo Quest (UK) (1954–1964).
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962).
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984).
- Cheyenne (1955–1962).
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976).
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975).
- Jubilee USA (1955-1960).
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982).
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003).
- Armchair Theatre (UK) (1956–1968).
- As the World Turns (1956–2010).
- Hancock's Half Hour (1956–1962).
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978).
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984).
- The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (1956-1961).
- The Price Is Right (1956–1965).
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–2008).
- Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963).
- The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (1957-1960).
- The Army Game (UK) (1957–1961).
- Perry Mason (1957–1966).
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present).
- Blue Peter (UK) (1958–present).
- General Motors Presents (Can) (1953–1956, 1958–1961)
- Grandstand (UK) (1958-2007).
- Peter Gunn (1958–1961).
- The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966).
- The Huckleberry Hound Show (1958–1962).
- Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961).
- Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)
- Bonanza (1959–1973).
- Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963).
- Juke Box Jury (1959–1967, 1979, 1989–1990).
- The Bell Telephone Hour (1959–1968).
- The Twilight Zone (1959-1964, 1985–1988, 2002).
- The Rebel (1959–1961).
|January 4||Julia St. John||British actress|
|January 6||Howie Long||former NFL player|
|February 19||Leslie Ash||British actress|
|February 20||Wendee Lee||American voice actress|
|February 22||Paul Abbott||British television writer|
|February 28||Dorothy Stratten||Canadian actress (Playboy) & model (died 1980)|
|April 11||Jeremy Clarkson||Journalist and Television presenter (Top Gear)|
|April 14||Brad Garrett||American actor (Everybody Loves Raymond)|
|April 23||Valerie Bertinelli||American actress|
|April 24||Paula Yates||television presenter (d. 2000)|
|May 20||Tony Goldwyn||American actor and director|
|July 14||Jane Lynch||American actress (Sue Sylvester on Glee)|
|August 7||David Duchovny||American actor (star of The X-Files)|
|August 10||Antonio Banderas||Spanish actor, director, singer, and producer (Interview with the Vampire)|
|August 16||Timothy Hutton||American actor, writer and producer (star of the 1980 movie Ordinary People)|
|September 4||Damon Wayans||American actor and comedian|
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- TVNZ 1#History#1960 – 1975: NZBC TV Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Hill, Jane. "Remembering Nan Winton". About the BBC. BBC. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- NRK1 Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.