1962 in Irish television

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List of years in Irish television (table)

The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1962.


  • January – First broadcast of the weekday topical news magazine programme Broadsheet on Telefís Éireann.[1]
  • 12 January – First broadcast of the long-running religious and social documentary series Radharc.[1]
  • February – The BBC relays commentary of the Friendship 7 space flight which sees Colonel John Glenn become the first American to orbit the Earth.[1]
  • April – Telefís Éireann staff move to the Montrose studios following the completion. Until then they had been in temporary accommodation in Dublin city centre.[1]
  • May – Telefís Éireann shows the first party political broadcast following that year's Budget.[1]
  • 6 July – The Late Late Show, one of the longest-running talk shows in the world, airs for the first time.[1]
  • Autumn – Edward J. Roth resigns as Director-General of RTÉ. He is succeeded in December by Kevin C. McCourt.[1]
  • October – Veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne becomes the first person to introduce The Beatles on television as the band makes their small screen debut on local news programme People and Places in Manchester, England.[2][3]
  • December – The first Irish Television Awards are presented. The event becomes known as the Jacob's Awards after its sponsor, Jacobs Ltd, and continues until the late 1970s.[1]


Ongoing television programmes[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". Rte.ie. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ Kelleher, Lynne (6 March 2011). "In my life: Fab Four asked me to manage them, reveals Gaybo". Irish Independent. Independent News and Media. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  3. ^ Byrne, Gay (13 February 2010). "The chameleon of Montrose". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012.