This is going to make me feel old, but I can remember watching a black and white TV at first. The joy of seeing a full-colour channel was amazing and I knew colour was going to be a great future for TV. But it all had to start somewhere and these are the worlds first ever full-colour TV channels…
The First Ten Full-colour TV Channels From Around the World
10 – NPO, Netherlands – Year Launched: 1967
The foundation Nederlandse Publieke Omroep is a Dutch public broadcasting organization that administers the public broadcasting service in the Netherlands.
9 – ARD/ZDF, Germany – Year Launched: 1967
The Beitragsservice von ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio, is a joint organization of Germany’s public broadcasting institutions ZDF, Deutschlandradio and the ARD state broadcasting institutions that is located in Cologne.
8 – BBC 2, UK – Year Launched: 1967
BBC Two is the second flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands
7 – CBC/CTV, Canada – Year Launched: 1966
The CTV Television Network is an English-language broadcast television network in Canada launched in 1961 (not colour). Since 2000, it is owned by the CTV Inc. subdivision of the Bell Media division of BCE, Inc.
6 – ABS-CBN, Philippines – Year Launched: 1966
ABS-CBN Corporation, commonly known as ABS-CBN, is a Filipino media and entertainment group based in Quezon City. It is the Philippines’ largest entertainment and media conglomerate in terms of revenue, operating income, assets, equity, market capitalization, and a number of employees.
5 – Canal 5, Mexico – Year Launched: 1963
XHGC-TDT is a TV station owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City, and is the flagship of the Canal 5 network.
4 – Belteleradio, Russia – Year Launched: 1961
The National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus (Belteleradio) is the state television and radio broadcasting service in Belarus. On January 1, 1993, it was admitted as a full active member of the European Broadcasting Union under the name Belarusian Television and Radio Company (BTRC).
3 – Various, Japan – Year Launched: 1960
Television in Japan dates back to the 1920s, with Kenjiro Takayanagi’s pioneering experiments in electronic television. Television broadcasting began in the 1930s but was halted by World War II, after which regular television broadcasting began in 1950. After Japan developed the first HDTV systems in the 1960s, MUSE/Hi-Vision was introduced in the 1970s.
2 – Tele-color, Cuba – Year Launched: 1958
Television arrived in Cuba on October 25, 1950. In the 1940s, Cuba’s two largest radio stations, CMQ and RHC-Cadena Azul, announced they would soon start broadcasting television. Since building TV stations and broadcast networks from scratch was extremely expensive and complex, it took longer than expected.
1 – CBS, USA – Year Launched: 1950
CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is an American English language commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of CBS Corporation. The company is headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City with major production facilities and operations in New York City and Los Angeles.