On September 6, 1952, the first TV station in Canada went on the air in Montreal, the French language public broadcaster Radio-Canada CBFT. September 8, saw the first TV broadcast was made from the public broadcaster’s English service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation station CBLT
After an inauspicious debut with the station ID, upside down and backwards, the night’s programming began at 7;15 pm and featured a weather forecast, and a puppet sketch.
A “news magazine” was presented with highlights in the development of CBC TV, various speeches by dignitaries including the Prime Minister, a variety show featuring a young genius pianist, Glenn Gould, followed by a half hour with a the Leslie Bell female choir, another variety show from Montreal and then to end the night the half-hour repeat of the 7;30 show was aired starting at 10pm.
Advertisement in the Toronto Star newspaper of Sept.08, 1952
Colour TV would come to Canada on July 1, 1966, although it really didn’t become more common until 1969, and even then was phased in over a few years, with full time colour nationwide available as of 1974.
With nearly 80 years of show business behind her, and a sense of humor that still stings, Betty White has won the hearts of fans young and old. (The proof is in the online campaign that helped land her an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in 2010.) This new portrait of the 96-year-old actress, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest television career among female entertainers, harks back to her days in radio and the lesser-known roles that preceded her characters in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.” The documentary also features interviews with a long list of former co-stars, including Georgia Engel, Tina Fey and Ryan Reynolds.
1. The first television commercial for Bulova watches — was broadcast on July 1, 1941 in New York before a baseball game between Philadelphia and Brooklyn. The company paid $9 for the ad. The first car commercial on television was for Chevrolet and aired on June 9, 1946.
2. The first video cassette recorder (VCR) for consumers was marketed in 1963 in the UK. It could record a maximum of 20 minutes of television. Sony debuted its first VCR for home use in 1965. It would be another decade before VCRs truly caught on.
3. MTV went on the air on Aug. 1, 1981 with the words: “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll.” The first VJ described MTV as “the best of TV combined with the best of radio.” The first video broadcast by the music network was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Bugles.
4. The first TV remote control came from Zenith in 1950. It was connected to the TV set by a wire (the wireless remote followed in 1955). A 1951 magazine ad for Zenith TVs promised consumers they can “change TV programs from your easy chair with the amazing Zenith ‘Lazy Bones’ remote control.”
5. In 1951, Motorola boasted “18 fashion award-winning cabinet styles” for its TVs. “When decorating your home one of your first considerations must be the style and placing of your television set,” the announcer declared. Motorola offered consumers 65 weeks to pay for their new TVs — with a small down payment. The company sold its TV division to the parent company of Panasonic in 1974. MOTOROLA TELEVISION / TV SET COMMERCIAL – 1951
6. The first national TV broadcast in colour was the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade but most programming was black-and-white until 1965. Sales of colour TVs surpassed black-and-white sets for the first time in 1972.
7. Cable TV was introduced in Canada in 1952 but didn’t spread across the country for about two years. The technology offered up to 12 stations from the U.S. and Canada.
8. The first successful daytime drama on television was Search for Tomorrow which debuted in 1951 and ran until 1986. The series was sponsored by Procter & Gamble — hence the term “soap operas.”
9. Betty White has been on television since 1949 — a decade after it was first available in the U.S. Her first TV series was 1953’s Life with Elizabeth and, now 92, she can be seen on Hot In Cleveland.
10. Global debuted on Jan. 6, 1974 with the launch of CKGN.