BBC One logo
Launched 2 November 1936
Owned by BBC
Picture format 576i (PAL) 16:9
Audience share 19% (May 2009, BARB)
Country United Kingdom, available in other
Language English
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Formerly called BBC Television Service
(1936 - 8 October 1960)
(8 October 1960 - April 1964)
BBC1 (April 1964 - 3 October 1997)
Sister channel(s) BBC Two
BBC Three
BBC Four
BBC News
BBC Parliament
Website []
Analogue Normally tuned to channel 1
Freeview Channel 1
Freesat Channel 101
Sky Digital Channel 101 and regional variations.
Sky Digital Ireland Channel 141
Astra 2D 10773H 22000 5/6
Virgin Media Channel 101
UPC Ireland Channel 108
UPC Netherlands Channel 19
Ziggo Channel 50
Naxoo Channel 213
Tiscali TV Channel 1
Internet television
BBC Online Watch live (UK Only)
BBC iPlayer watch (UK Only)

BBC One is the primary television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular, public television service with a high level of image resolution. It was later renamed BBC tv until the launch of sister channel BBC Two in 1964. The channel has an annual budget of £840 million. Along with the BBC's other domestic television stations, it is funded entirely by the television licence fee, and therefore shows uninterrupted programming with no commercial advertising.



BBC One shows many news features that last approximately 1-2 minutes during the day with 4 main news programs(BBC Breakfast, One O'Clock News, Six O'Clock News and the Ten O'Clock News), which each include regional news and weather.

Current AffairsEdit

BBC One shows many current affairs programs which show many things including politics(Question Time, This Week), crime(Crimewatch), things happening in the world(Panorama) and people and company's ripping off viewers(Watchdog).

Factual and LearningEdit

BBC One shows many educational documents covering the earth and animals and many more.


BBC One is the home of BBC's drama.With there long running soap Eastenders and hospital dramas such as Casualty and Holby City.They also so innovative dramas such as Spooks and Hustle and time-travel police drama's Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.They also have sci-fi drama Doctor Who.


BBC One shows some CBBC and CBeebies programs during weekday afternoons between 3:30pm to 5:15pm.By 2013 they are expected to move from BBC One as every home will have to have digital by 2013.


BBC hold the right to many sporting events.This includes football, tennis, horse racing, rugby, athletics, the Olympics, snooker and more.


BBC One shows many films throughout the year.They mainly air them late at night with some box office hits during holidays.


BBC One also airs a lot of entertainment from game shows, talent shows and chat shows.


BBC One shows a few religious programs a week, mainly Songs of Praise.


BBC One mainly shown on Friday nights, although over comedy's are broadcast on BBC Three.

Music and ArtsEdit

With Top of the Pops gone, BBC One main music and arts broadcast is the BBC Proms.

Lifestyle ShowsEdit

BBC One airs some lifestyle shows during the daytime such as Bargain Hunt.