History of the BBC

Explore the history of the BBC since its foundation in 1922 to the present day

  • AnniversariesOur World was broadcast on 25 June 1967. The ambitious live global link-up was a showcase for the potential of satellite communications. It featured contributions from 18 countries and climaxed with the first performance of 'All You Need Is Love' by The Beatles. In the UK it was watched by 23 million people while across the world it reached 170 million televisions in 24 nations.
  • Music on TelevisionWith a summer of music in the offing, culminating with the BBC Proms, BBC History looks back to early 1964 - a watershed in experimental music television. Tim Boon, Edward Venn, John Wyver, Frances Morgan and James Mooney explore 'Workshop'.
  • Summer of SportThe Euros, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics have all been subject to change and adjustment due to the pandemic. BBC History looks back to a sporting event that nearly didn't make it our screens more than 70 years ago.
  • BBC History PartneringUsing the hook of some of our recent anniversaries, here are new and original poems, news reports and comedy shorts created by the writers, reporters and dramatists of the future, in partnership with BBC History.
  • BBC Television Centre on Google StreetviewTelevision Centre is now a thriving three studio complex complete with hotel, luxury flats, offices and shops. Just before the closure of BBC Television Centre in Spring 2013, Google took its Street View cameras around the 'old' Television Centre - join the journey here.
  • BBC Broadcasting MomentsIn June 1967 the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC co-ordinated a major international broadcast which, for the first time, linked every continent by satellite. Broadcasting Moments explores how the BBC pulled it off.
  • BBC Heritage TrailFind out more about the buildings and the interesting roles they’ve played in the BBC’s history. Our interactive map will help you plan your journey around the BBC Heritage Trail blue plaque scheme.
  • BBC Buildings Collection: Building of the WeekBBC Paris Studios - Former cinema which hosted The Beatles and Dad's Army.
  • BBC Art Collection: Painting of the WeekPainting - Harry Rutherford's early work depicting the new world of television.
  • BBC Technology Collection: Item of the WeekTelevision - One of the earliest post war test cards and the story behind it.
  • BBC Props Collection: Prop of the WeekKenny Everett's enormous hands - Brother Lee Love pointing the way!
  • History of LGBTQ+ and the BBCAn LGBTQ+ timeline of classic BBC programme clips, major historical moments, and archive documents.
  • History of diversity at the BBCIn June 1948, Britain began the process of becoming multi-cultural and post-Imperial. How did the BBC respond?
  • History of Children at the BBCSince Children's Hour in 1922, children's programmes have always been at the heart of the BBC's public service remit.
  • History of Women at the BBCA fresh and surprising story about pioneering women in broadcasting.