1 May – First broadcast from Edinburgh (relay station 2EH).
11 June – First broadcast from Liverpool (relay station 6LV).
8 July – First broadcast from Leeds-Bradford (relay station 2LS).
21 July – An experimental long-wave station (5XX) is established at the Chelmsford works of the Marconi Company.
15 August – First broadcast from Hull (relay station 6KH).
14 September – First broadcast from Belfast (station 2BE).
16 September – First broadcast from Nottingham (relay station 5NG).
21 October – First broadcast from Stoke-on-Trent (relay station 6ST).
9 November – First broadcast from Dundee (relay station 2DE).
12 December – First broadcast from Swansea (relay station 5SX).
27 July – Long-wave station 5XX moves from Chelmsford to Daventry and becomes the first British radio station to achieve near national coverage: the first step in the establishment of the BBC National Programme.
4 May – The General strike begins. The BBC broadcasts five news bulletins a day as no newspapers are published.
1 January – The British Broadcasting Company becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter. Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General.
15 January – First live sports broadcast on the BBC. The rugby union international England v Wales is commented on by Teddy Wakelam.
1 September – The BBC Television Service is suspended, about 20 minutes after the conclusion of a Mickey Mouse cartoon (Mickey's Gala Premiere), due to the imminent outbreak of the Second World War, amid fears that the VHF transmissions would act as perfect guidance beams for enemy bombers attempting to locate central London – also, the technicians and engineers of the service will be needed for war efforts such as the RADAR programme. On radio, the Home Service replaces the National and Regional Programmes.
29 July – Regional radio programming resumes in the Home Service (on the same medium-wave frequencies as used pre-war by the Regional Programme), while on the same day a new Light Programme begins, using the long-wave frequency of the pre-war National Programme.
7 June – BBC Television broadcasts (405 lines) resume after the war. One of the first programmes shown is the Mickey Mouse cartoon from 1939.
27 August – First live television from the European continent, using BBC outside broadcast equipment.
1 January – First broadcast of The Archers, now the world's longest-running soap opera.
2 June – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey is televised by the BBC and watched live by an estimated audience of 20 million people in the United Kingdom.
11 November - First edition of Panorama is presented by Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy. Panorama is currently the world's longest-running current affairs programme and retains a peak-time slot to this day.
5 July - BBC newsreader Richard Baker reads the first televised BBC News bulletin.
2 May – The BBC begins broadcasting its radio service on VHF (FM), using the Wrotham transmitter.
28 August – Experimental stereo radio broadcasts begin.
30 September – A globe is used as the BBC Television Service's logo for the first time.
23 November – First broadcast of the world's longest-running science fiction television programme, Doctor Who.
1 January – First broadcast of pop and rock music television show Top of the Pops.
21 April – BBC2 starts broadcasting (on 625 lines), it was originally planned to broadcast the previous day but a major power failure foiled that plan; the existing BBC Television Service is renamed BBC1.
22 August – First broadcast of top flight football television show Match of the Day.
22 March – Launch of the daytime BBC Music Programme on the frequencies of Network Three / the Third Programme.
25 June – The first worldwide live satellite programme, Our World, featuring the Pop band, the Beatles, is televised.
1 July – Experimental colour TV transmissions (625 lines) begin on BBC Two, starting with the Wimbledon tennis championships.
30 September – BBC Radio 1 is launched, as a response to the threat from pirate radio station broadcasts of popular music. At the same time, the Light Programme, the third network (Network Three / the Third Programme), and the Home Service are renamed Radios 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
23 October – The BBC announces that development work has begun on the Ceefaxteletext service.
BBC adds stereo capability to Radio 2.
March – Experimental Ceefax teletext transmissions begin.
BBC adds stereo capability to Radio 4.
5 July – A quadrasonic (4-channel) radio programme goes out at midnight, using Radio 4 to carry the two front channels and Radio 3 to carry the two rear channels.
23 September – Regular Ceefax teletext service begins.
December – BBC 1 mirror globe changes colour to yellow on blue.
3 April – Regular radio broadcasts from Parliament begin.
23 November – The BBC's radio stations switch medium wave frequencies: Radio 1 moves from 247 m (1214 kHz) to 275 and 285 m (1089 and 1053 kHz), Radio 2 moves from 1500 m (200 kHz long wave) to 330 and 433 m (909 and 693 kHz), Radio 3 moves from 464 m (647 kHz) to Radio 1's old frequency, and Radio 4 moves to Radio 2's old frequency.
27 January – Radio 2 is the first BBC radio station to broadcast 24 hours a day. Its final nighttime closedown is at 2.00 on this date; from the next day onwards, "You, the night and the music" fills the "small hours" between 2.00 and 5.00.
2 September – Subtitling of television programmes on Ceefax begins.
7 June – first air of Managing the Micro on BBC-1 (shot 15 May)
29 July – The Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer is produced by BBC Television & Radio with an audience of 750 million viewers and listeners in over 60 countries. Welsh Actor Richard Burton and Scottish writer, actor & Royal expert Tom Fleming are among the commentators.
13 July – Live Aid is broadcast to the world on BBC One and BBC Radio 1, the first broadcast of its kind.
1 April – All commercial activities of the BBC are now handled by BBC Enterprises Ltd.
27 October – BBC One starts a full daytime television service along with First broadcast of the BBC One O'Clock News on BBC1, presented by Martyn Lewis. The programme, which replaced the BBC News After Noon, also continues to this day. Before today, excluding special events coverage, BBC One had closed down at times during weekday mornings and afternoons broadcasting trade test transmissions and, from May 1983, pages from Ceefax.
1 September – BBC External Services is renamed the World Service, and Radio 1 starts regular broadcasts on VHF in Scotland, northern England, the Midlands, and south Wales, Avon and Somerset, between 97–99 MHz. (Crystal Palace has been broadcasting R1 on 104.8 MHz since October 1987, and would later switch to 98.8 MHz at 11.00 on 19 December 1989.)
20 September – The Radio Data System (RDS) launches, allowing car radios to automatically retune, display station identifiers and switch to local travel news.
21 November – Television coverage of proceedings in the House of Commons begins.
15 April – The World Service Television News service is launched. Unlike World Service radio which is funded by direct grant from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, WSTV is commercially funded and carries advertising, which means that it cannot be broadcast in the UK.
BBC Enterprises, the BBC's commercial arm, restructured as BBC Worldwide Ltd.
21 April – Arabic television closes down when the Saudi backer pulls out following a row over coverage of the execution of a princess accused of adultery.
June – Radio 1 starts live streaming on the internet.
7 June – The BBC is restructured by the Director-General, John Birt. In the new structure BBC Broadcast will commission programmes, and BBC Production will make them.
29 December – What was billed as the last ever episode of Only Fools and Horses is watched by 24.35 million viewers, the largest ever TV audience for a sitcom.
The BBC broadcasts the much praised "Perfect Day" corporate advertisement, featuring 27 artists singing lines of Lou Reed's original. The song later becomes a fund-raising single for Children in Need.
28 February – The BBC sells its transmitters and transmission services to Castle Transmission Services for £244 million, to help fund its plans for the digital age.
6 September – The funeral of Diana Princess of Wales is presented on BBC Radio & Television and aired to over 200 countries worldwide. Nearly 3 billion viewers and listeners watch the ceremonies. In the USA, BBC's coverage is aired on A&E and CSPAN Cable Networks, while History Channel airs coverage from competing Sky News. David Dimbleby hosts the BBC coverage with Tom Fleming narrating the service inside Westminster Abbey.
4 October – Current corporate identity adopted. At a reported cost of £5m the new logo was introduced due to the increase in digital services, as it is designed to be more visible at small size it is better suited for use in websites and on screen "DOGs." On Screen Identities changed, with BBC One adopting the Balloon Idents, and BBC Two retaining their 2's used from 1991, with new legend.
8 November – The last ever closedown on BBC One. From the following day, BBC One broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with BBC News 24 filling the early hours.
9 November – BBC News 24, the Corporation's UK television news service, is launched at 17.30.
November 1997 – BBC News Online, a web-based news service, begins to expand and become more popular.
December 1997 – BBC Online, BBC's web presence, officially launched.
August – The BBC's domestic TV channels become available on Sky Digital's satellite service. An unintended consequence of this is that people in the rest of Europe can now watch BBC One and Two, using viewing cards from the UK, as the signal is encrypted for rights reasons. This applies even within the UK: people in England can now watch BBC channels from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and vice versa.
23 September – The BBC launches BBC Choice, its first new TV channel since 1964, available only on digital TV services. The BBC Parliament TV channel also starts broadcasting on digital services.
15 November – Public launch of digital terrestrial TV in the UK.
10 May – BBC network news relaunched with new music, titles and a red and ivory set. This design was used for the 25 October relaunch of News 24 – enhancing cross-channel promotion of the service.
20 May – The BBC's digital teletext service starts.
3 March – Bomb explodes outside Television Centre. The blast was later attributed to dissident Irish Republican terrorists and it is suggested the BBC Panorama programme which named individuals as participants in the Omagh bomb was the motive.
19 November – Last showing of current BBC Two idents. These set of idents would have ended in 1997 with BBC One's ident change but due to popularity the 1991 idents continued only with a new BBC logo and some newer ident sets. The new idents were Ivory 2's, interacting in a yellow world, with Purple box logo, the first BBC Channel to have one.
8 December – BBC News 24 relaunched again with a new set and titles, as well as a new Breaking News sting. Networked news on BBC One and Two remains with the same titles though the set was redesigned in a similar style to that of the new News 24.
1 August – BBC Broadcast, formerly Broadcasting & Presentation and responsible for the playout and branding of all BBC Channels, is sold to Creative Broadcast Services, owned by the Macquarie Capital Alliance Group and Macquarie Bank. It is renamed Red Bee Media on 31 October.
December – Czech and Polish sections of the BBC World Service cease to exist. Eight other sections are to follow soon.
27 May – The BBC's first scheduled HDTV broadcast on BBC HD
14 August – The One Show first broadcast on BBC One and was a modern day version of highly popular series Nationwide. Popular journalism returned to BBC One early evening schedule.