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1952 in television
The year 1952 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1952.
||Comic actress (Saturday Night Live)
||Actor and musician (The Bold and the Beautiful)
||Actor (The X-Files)
||Voice actor (Doug, The Ren and Stimpy Show, Futurama)
||British comedian, presenter
||Actor (Babylon 5) (d. 2012)
||Actor (Doug, Between the Lions)
||Actor (B. A. Baracus on The A-Team)
||Comic actor (Saturday Night Live)
||Daniel Hugh Kelly
||Actor (Hardcastle and McCormick)
||Actor / dancer (d. 2009)
||Actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation), director
||Actor (Pee-wee Herman on Pee-wee's Playhouse)
||Actor (d. 2004)
||TV personality (The Osbournes, The Talk)
||Actress (Designing Women)
||Actress (Roseanne), comedian
||Voice actor (The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, CatDog)
||Actor (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
||Actress (Falcon Crest)
- In radio
- In film
- July 7 - Turkey's first television station was opened ITU TV.
- July 20 – Arrow to the Heart, the first collaboration between director Rudolph Cartier and scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, is broadcast by BBC Television.
- August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name.
- September 6 – Television debuts in Canada with the initiation of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec.
- September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario begins broadcasting as Canada's second TV station.
- September 20 – The first commercial Ultra High Frequency (UHF) television station in the world, KPTV (now a Fox company affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.
- October 7 – WFIL-TV Philadelphia's afternoon series Bandstand, which will become American Bandstand, changes emphasis to teens dancing to popular records
- November 16 – CBS Television City in Hollywood, California opens.
- The first political advertisements appear on US television. Democrats buy a 30-minute time segment for their candidate, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson receives unfavorable mail for interfering with a broadcast of I Love Lucy. Dwight Eisenhower buys 20 second commercial segments and wins the election.
- The first telecast of an atomic bomb detonation (KTLA).
- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission reserved channels for non-commercial, public broadcasting.
- There were approximately 146,000 television sets in Canada and most antennas were pointed towards WBEN-TV (now WIVB) in Buffalo, New York.
- The first telecast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast by CBS.
- January 6 - Claudia on NBC (moved to CBS on March 31, 1952)
- January 14 – The Today Show on NBC (1952–present)
- March 1 – Death Valley Days in syndication (1952–1975)
- June 19 – I've Got a Secret on CBS (1952–1967)
- June 30 – the soap opera The Guiding Light (1952–2009) on CBS, which began on radio in 1937, becoming the longest-running regularly scheduled drama in television history
- September – the religious drama This Is the Life on DuMont, and ran until the late 1980s
- September 19 – Adventures of Superman in syndication (1952–1958)
- October 26 – Victory at Sea (1952–1953) on NBC, one of the first historic documentary series
- November 1 – Hockey Night in Canada on CBC (1952–present)
- November 6 – Biff Baker, U.S.A. on CBS (1952–1953)
- November 8 – My Hero on NBC (1952–1953)
- December 1 – The Abbott and Costello Show in syndication (1952–1954)
- December 15 – Flower Pot Men on BBC Television (1952)
American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, as a local program in Philadelphia (1952–1989)
Life Is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen on DuMont (1952–1955), then on ABC (1955–1957)
My Little Margie (1952–1955), starring Gale Storm
See It Now hosted by Edward R. Murrow
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC (1952–1966)
The Ernie Kovacs Show, where Kovacs explores the boundaries of television technology with his use of special effects (1952–1953)
Meet the Masters, a program about classical music, on NBC and WGN-TV
This Is Your Life in the U.S. (1952–1961)
Life with Elizabeth, a sitcom featuring Betty White (1952–1955)
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