World Television Day [November 21]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 25, 2022, 5:51

World Television Day is marked on November 21 all around the world to recognise the value of televisions as a medium that is more than just an electronic gadget. It has become one of the most prominent means of entertainment ever since its inception.

It has also served as a valuable tool for educating and informing individuals. Many people in India gathered in front of a single television or screen in the late 1980s to witness classic series such as Buniyaad, Ramayan, Hum Log, and Mahabharat, among many others.

World Television Day History

The United Nations hosted the very first World Television Day Forum on 21st and 22nd November 1996. Key media professionals gathered under the UN's supervision to examine the growing importance of television in the changing environment and to evaluate how they may improve their joint effort.

As a result, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day.

Significance of World Television Day

  • The General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 21 as International Television Day in appreciation of television's growing influence on decision-making.
  • It also draws worldwide attention to disputes and risks to peace and security and its possible role in strengthening the spotlight on other key problems, such as economic and social matters.
  • World Television Day isn't so much about technology as it is about the idea it symbolises. In today's society, television serves as a symbol of connectivity and globalisation.
  • The growing influence of television on the process of decision making is acknowledged. Television was identified as a vital medium for enlightening, guiding, and influencing popular sentiment.
  • Its significance in world politics, as well as its effect and presence, is also highlighted.
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World Television Day Facts

  1. William Taynton, an associate to the inventor John Logie Baird, was the very first real face to be televised nationally. He was paid about two shillings and sixpence each week for sitting in front of the TV transceiver.
  2. The Late Late Show, which continues to air since 1962, and The Tonight Show, which has been on the air since 1954, are the globe's longest-running talk shows.
  3. On July 1, in the year 1941, the very first television advertisement was streamed live in New York. This advertisement lasted for about 20 seconds in total. During the period, TV commercials charged $9.
  4. Iceland had no television broadcasting company until 1987.
  5. Television was first recognised as a word in English in 1907, and the acronym TV was coined in 1948.

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People across the globe watch Television to be entertained and informed, whether it's politics, sports, events, Television shows, or movies. It has approximately 610 million viewers worldwide. Knowing that there is a day dedicated to its greater goals persuades us to celebrate International Television Day.

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FAQs on World Television Day

Q1. When do we celebrate World Television Day?

For several years, Television has played a major role in people's lives. Each year on November 21, World Television Day is honoured. This day serves as a reminder of the relevance of visual media in impacting public perceptions and impacting global politics.

Q2. Why did the United Nations host the World Television Day Forum?

The United Nations hosted the very first World Television Day Forum in order for key media professionals to gather under the UN's supervision to examine the growing importance of Television in the changing environment and to evaluate how they may improve their joint effort.

Q3. What is the significance of World Television Day?

The General Assembly of the United Nations declared November 21 as World Television Day. This has been done in awareness of the growing influence of television on the judgment call process. As a result, television was recognised as a key medium for educating, directing, and influencing public opinion.

Q4. When was World Television Day first observed?

World Television Day was established on November 21, 1996, and it has since been commemorated every year since then.

Q5. When did the United Nations host the very first World Television Day Forum?

The United Nations hosted the very first World Television Day Forum on 21st and 22nd November 1996.