This is a timeline of the 90 years of the BBC.
The British Broadcasting Company is formed by a group of manufacturers to make programmes that could be heard on their radio sets, with John Reith appointed general manager.
With newspapers refusing to publish times of programmes, the Radio Times is produced for the first time by the BBC.
King George V makes the first royal speech on the BBC, from the British Empire Exhibition.
With no newspapers being produced, the BBC broadcasts five news bulletins a day during the General Strike, and is threatened with a government takeover.
The BBC becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation as it is granted its first royal charter.
The first gardening programme goes on air, presented by CH Middleton.
Sheila Borrett becomes the first female announcer on the BBC, but is axed after only three months following complaints from listeners.
The BBC broadcasts the world’s first regular high-definition television service, from Alexandra Palace.
The BBC stages its first outside television broadcast for George VI’s coronation.
Winston Churchill used the power of BBC radio to speak directly to the nation with his famous “we shall fight on the beaches” address.
Desert Islands Discs is broadcast for the first time, with comedian Vic Oliver the first castaway.
Woman’s Hour is launched, but is presented by a man, Alan Ivieson. Items included “how to hang your husband’s suit.”
Jan Bussell presents the first children’s television programme, featuring the Hogarth Puppet Circus.
The London Olympics become the first games to be televised.
The first episode of The Archers is broadcast.
Around 20 million people watch television coverage of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
David Attenborough makes his first TV appearance, on Zoo Quest.
The Grove Family becomes the BBC’s first television soap opera.
Blue Peter goes on air for the first time.
The new BBC television centre opens, at Shepherd’s Bush.
The first episode of Doctor Who goes on air.
BBC 2 starts broadcasting for the first time.
Radio 1 starts broadcasting, with Tony Blackburn the first presenter on air.
The first all-night BBC TV broadcast is staged for the first Moon landing.
The first Open University programmes are broadcast on the BBC.
John Craven presents the first children’s news programme, Newsround.
The Family, featuring the working-class Wilkins clan, is the first fly-on-the-wall TV documentary.
Dennis Potter’s Pennies from Heaven is broadcast.
Radio 2 becomes the first BBC station to broadcast 24 hours a day.
The BBC’s first Children in Need appeal raises more than £1 million.
An estimated 750 million people worldwide watch coverage of the Royal Wedding.
The UK’s first breakfast television service launches on BBC 1.
The Christmas Day edition of new soap EastEnders becomes the BBC’s most watched programme ever.
Regular TV broadcasts from the House of Commons are finally given the go-ahead.
Noel Edmonds hosts the first National Lottery draw.
Diana, Princess of Wales, gives a dramatic 40-minute interview to Panorama presenter Martin Bashir.
The News 24 TV service is launched.
Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon is sacked over claims he took cocaine.
The first concerts are broadcast from Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Defence journalist Andrew Gilligan tells listeners to Radio Four’s Today programme that an unnamed source says that the Government have “sexed up” a dossier claiming Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Strictly come Dancing sparks a new wave of interest in dancing.
Doctor Who makes a comeback, with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role.
The BBC launches its iPlayer service, allowing viewers to catch up on programmes online for the first time.
EastEnders celebrates 25 years with a special edition that reveals the murderer of Archie Mitchell.
ITV broadcasts a documentary alleging that former Top of the Pops presenter Jimmy Savile sexually abused schoolgirls as far back as the 1970s.