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at:16/02/2004 $leftdw1 text:"Network news titles relaunched in the style of BBC News 24 - Feb 16"
at:08/12/2003 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 8 - BBC News 24 relaunched again with a new set and titles,~as well as a new Breaking News sting."
at:09/02/2003 $leftdw1 text:"[[BBC THREE]] is launched in a [[simulcast]] with [[BBC TWO]]. It replaces [[BBC Choice]] - Feb 9"
at:02/03/2002 $rightdw1 text:"Mar 2 - [[BBC FOUR]] is launched in a [[simulcast]] with [[BBC TWO]]. It replaces [[BBC Knowledge]]"
at:11/02/2002 $leftdw1 text:"[[CBBC Channel]] and [[CBeebies]] begin broadcasting on digital TV - Feb 11"
at:03/03/2001 $leftup1 text:"Bomb explodes outside Television Centre (atrributed to IRA) - Mar 3"
at:15/09/2000 $right text:"Sep 15 - Final edition of Breakfast News on BBC1"
at:01/06/1999 $leftdw1 text:"[[BBC Knowledge]] starts broadcasting on digital services - Jun 1"
at:20/05/1999 $right text:"May 20 - The BBC's digital teletext service starts"
at:15/11/1998 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 15 - Public launch of digital terrestrial TV in the UK"
at:23/09/1998 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC launches [[BBC Choice]], first new TV channel since 1964 (only digital). - Sep 23"
at:15/08/1998 $rightdw2 text:"Aug: BBC's domestic TV channels available on [[Sky Digital]]'s satellite service"
at:09/11/1997 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 9 - [[BBC News 24]], the Corporation's UK television news service launched"
at:04/10/1997 $leftdw1 text:"Current corporate identity adopted, new logo introduced, cost £5m - Oct 4"
at:28/02/1997 $rightdw1 text:"Feb 28 - BBC sells out to CTS for £244 million, preparing for digital age"
at:25/12/1996 $leftdw1 text:"The Christmas Day episode of [[Only Fools and Horses]],~24 million viewers, largest TV audience in 20 years - Dec 25"
at:07/06/1996 $rightdw1 text:"Jun 7 - The BBC is restructured by [[John Birt]]. BBC Broadcast will~commission programmes, BBC Production will make them"
at:15/01/1995 $leftdw1 text:"World Service Television is renamed [[BBC World]] Jan" # date unknown
at:28/03/1994 $rightdw1 text:"Mar 28 - Radio 5 is renamed Radio 5 Live, focus on news and sport only"
at:01/11/1992 $leftdw1 text:"The satellite TV channel [[UK Gold]] starts broadcasting - Nov 1"
at:14/10/1991 $right text:"Oct 14 - World Service TV launches its Asian service"
at:31/08/1991 $left text:"First official BBC broadcast in stereo, using the [[NICAM]] system - Aug 31"
at:31/07/1991 $rightdw2 text:"Jul 31 - The BBC's Lime Grove studios close"
at:15/04/1991 $leftdw1 text:"The World Service Television News service is launched.~Carries advertising, unlike radio counterpart - Apr 15"
at:05/09/1990 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 5 - New BBC building at White City opens"
at:27/08/1990 $leftdw2 text:"[[BBC Radio Five Live|Radio 5]] begins broadcasting - Aug 27"
at:21/11/1989 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 21 - Television coverage of proceedings in the [[British House of Commons|House of Commons]] begins"
at:20/09/1988 $leftdw1 text:"The [[Radio Data System]] (RDS) launches - Sep 20"
at:01/09/1988 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 1 - BBC External Services is renamed the World Service"
at:27/10/1986 $leftdw1 text:"BBC1 starts a full daytime television service - Oct 27"
at:01/04/1986 $rightdw1 text:"Apr 1 - All commercial activities of the BBC are now handled by BBC Enterprises Ltd"
at:23/01/1985 $leftdw1 text:"Television coverage of proceedings in the [[House of Lords]] begins - Jan 23"
at:17/01/1983 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 17 - [[BBC Breakfast Time]] UK's first breakfast television service is launched"
at:02/09/1979 $leftdw1 text:"[[Closed captioning|Subtitling]] of television programmes on CEEFAX begins - Sep 2"
at:03/04/1978 $rightdw1 text:"Apr 3 - Regular radio broadcasts from [[Houses of Parliament|Parliament]] begin"
at:23/09/1974 $leftdw1 text:"Regular CEEFAX teletext service begins - Sep 23"
at:15/03/1973 $rightdw1 text:"Mar: Experimental CEEFAX teletext transmissions begin" # date uknown
at:23/10/1972 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC announces plans for [[Ceefax|CEEFAX]] [[teletext]] service - Oct 23"
at:03/01/1971 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 3 - [[Open University]] programmes start on both radio and television"
at:15/11/1969 $leftdw1 text:"BBC1 starts broadcasting in colour (simultaneous with rival [[ITV]]) - Nov 15"
at:08/11/1967 $right text:"Nov 8 - [[BBC Local Radio]] starts. The first station is [[BBC Radio Leicester]]"
at:30/09/1967 $leftup1 text:"[[BBC Radio 1]] is launched, as a response to the threat from [[pirate radio]] stations.~Light, Third and Home services are renamed Radios [[BBC Radio 2|2]], [[BBC Radio 3|3]] and [[BBC Radio 4|4]] - Sep 30"
at:01/07/1967 $rightdw1 text:"Jul 1 - Regular colour TV transmissions (625 lines) begin on BBC2,~starting with the Wimbledon tennis championships"
at:25/06/1967 $leftdw3 text:"The first worldwide live satellite programme, ''Our World'', is televised - Jun 25"
at:01/05/1965 $rightdw1 text:"May 1 - The General Overseas Service is renamed the BBC World Service"
at:20/04/1962 $leftdw1 text:"[[BBC TWO|BBC2]] starts broadcasting (on 625 lines); existing channel is renamed [[BBC ONE|BBC1]] - Apr 20"
at:28/08/1962 $rightdw1 text:"Aug 28 - Experimental stereo radio broadcasts begin"
at:29/06/1960 $leftdw1 text:"[[BBC Television Centre]] opens in [[Shepherd's Bush]] - Jun 29"
at:16/10/1958 $rightdw1 text:"Oct 16 - Britain's longest running children's television show [[Blue Peter]] starts"
at:05/05/1958 $leftdw1 text:"First experimental transmissions of a 625-line television service - May 5"
at:25/12/1957 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 25 - First TV broadcast of the Queen's Christmas Day message"
at:10/10/1955 $leftdw1 text:"Alexandra Palace begins test transmissions~of a 405-line colour television service - Oct 10"
at:02/05/1955 $rightdw1 text:"May 2 - The BBC begins broadcasting on [[Very high frequency|VHF]] ([[FM radio|FM]]), using the [[Wrotham]] transmitter"
at:02/06/1953 $leftdw1 text:"The coronation of [[Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom|Queen Elizabeth II]] in [[Westminster Abbey]]~is televised by the BBC, 20 million viewers (est.) in Britain - Jun 2"
at:27/08/1950 $rightdw1 text:"Aug 27 - First live television from the European continent,~using BBC outside broadcast equipment"
at:21/05/1950 $leftdw1 text:"Lime Grove television studios open - May 21"
at:26/12/1948 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 26 - The first [[Reith Lectures|Reith Lecture]] is broadcast on radio"
at:29/07/1948 $leftdw1 text:"The [[1948 Summer Olympics|London Olympic Games]] is televised - Jul 29"
at:09/11/1947 $rightdw1 text:"Nov 9 - First use of [[kinescope|telerecording]]: the Service of Remembrance from the Cenotaph~is televised live, and a telerecording shown that evening"
at:29/11/1946 $leftdw1 text:"The Third Programme starts broadcasting on radio Nov 29"
at:07/06/1942 $rightdw1 text:"Jun 7 - BBC Television broadcasts (405 lines) resume after the war.~The first programme shown is the interrupted Mickey Mouse cartoon"
at:29/07/1945 $leftdw1 text:"Regional radio programming resumes, and the Light Programme starts - Jul 29"
at:07/01/1940 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 7 - Forces Programme starts on radio, precursor of the post-war Light Programme"
at:01/11/1939 $leftup2 text:"The BBC Television Service is suspended,~in the middle of a Mickey Mouse cartoon ([[Mickey's Gala Premiere]]),~due to the imminent outbreak of the [[Second World War]].~On radio, the Home Service replaces National and Regional Programmes - Sep 12"
at:29/09/1938 $right text:"Sep 27 - European Service starts on radio, broadcasting in [[French language|French]], [[German language|German]] and [[Italian language|Italian]].~[[Portuguese language|Portuguese]] and [[Spanish language|Spanish]] are added before the start of [[Second World War|WW II]]"
at:30/04/1938 $leftdw2 text:"First BBC coverage of [[FA Cup]] - Apr 30"
at:03/01/1938 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 3 - The BBC begins broadcasting its first foreign-language radio service, in [[Arabic language|Arabic]]"
at:21/06/1937 $leftdw1 text:"1st TV coverage of [[Wimbledon Championships|Wimbledon Tennis Championships]] - Jun 21"
at:12/05/1937 $rightdw1 text:"May 12 - First use of TV outside broadcast van,~for the [[Coronation (United Kingdom)|coronation]] procession of [[George VI of the United Kingdom|King George VI]]"
at:02/11/1936 $leftdw1 text:"The BBC opens the world's first regular high-definition television service,~from [[Alexandra Palace]] - Nov 2"
at:25/12/1932 $rightdw1 text:"Dec 25 - King George V first monarch to deliver a [[Christmas|Christmas Day]] message by radio"
at:19/12/1932 $leftdw1 text:"The [[BBC Empire Service|Empire Service]] (precursor of the [[BBC World Service|World Service]]) launched - Dec 19"
at:22/08/1932 $rightdw2 text:"Aug 22 - First experimental television broadcast from Broadcasting House"
at:01/05/1932 $leftdw1 text:"[[Broadcasting House]], the BBC's headquarters, is opened May 1"
at:14/07/1930 $rightdw1 text:"Jul 14 - Transmission of first experimental television play,~'The Man with the Flower in His Mouth'"
at:20/08/1929 $leftdw1 text:"First transmissions of [[John Logie Baird]]'s experimental 30-line television system - Aug 20"
at:01/01/1927 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 1 - The British Broadcasting ''Company'' becomes the British Broadcasting~''Corporation'', when it is granted a Royal Charter.~Sir [[John Reith]] becomes the first Director-General"
at:04/05/1926 $leftdw1 text:"The [[UK General Strike 1926|General strike]] begins.~The BBC broadcasts five news bulletins a day as no newspapers are published - May 4"
at:01/07/1925 $rightdw1 text:"First BBC [[shortwave]] transmissions are broadcast from [[Daventry]]'s [[Borough Hill]]" # date unknown
at:23/04/1924 $leftdw1 text:"First broadcast by [[George V of the United Kingdom|King George V]],~opening the [[British Empire Exhibition (1924)|British Empire Exhibition]] at [[Wembley Stadium]] - Apr 4"
at:28/09/1923 $rightdw1 text:"Sep 28 - First publication of the ''[[Radio Times]]'' listings magazine (price 2d)"
at:18/01/1923 $leftdw1 text:"The UK [[United Kingdom Postmaster General|Postmaster General]] grants the BBC a licence to broadcast Jan 18"
at:08/01/1923 $rightdw1 text:"Jan 8 - First outside broadcast"
at:14/11/1922 $leftdw2 text:"First BBC broadcasts Nov 14"
at:18/10/1922 $rightdw2 text:"Oct 18 - The British Broadcasting Company is formed"
pos:(60,17) text:"This timeline has been produced with [[meta:EasyTimeline]]."
pos:(60,7) text:"by Erik Zachte, author of EasyTimeline."
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pos:(390,17) text:"Think twice before you start converting a text intensive timeline like this."
pos:(350,7) text:"In this case text editing, inserting line breaks and repositioning overlapping texts was not easy at all."