World Television Day History
World Television Day celebrates the daily value of television as a symbol of communication and globalization. Television is one of the single greatest technological advances of the 20th century, serving to educate, inform, entertain and influence our decisions and opinions. It is estimated that approximately 90% of homes around the world have televisions, however, with the introduction of internet broadcasting, the number is declining in favor of computers.
World Television Day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1996. It is celebrated annually on November 21.
World Television Day Facts & Quotes
- TV stimulates the economy by providing countless avenues for jobs. Over 1.2 million people in the European Union alone are employed in the media sector
- In France, 63% of children between the age of 0 and 15 live in a household with 4 screens (TV, computer, tablet etc.).
- Television creates authority. When something is shown on TV it has a particular authority about it because you know that you and millions of other people are seeing it and that professionals have produced it.
- In Canada, nearly 95% of people aged 18-34 watch TV each month, which results in 12 and a half hours of weekly TV watching.
Television is a medium because anything well done is rare. - Fred Allen, American comedian and radio show host.
World Television Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #WorldTelevisionDay, #TelevisionPhilosophy and #TVDay.
- Get together with friends and create your own short news segment as if it was on television. This will be a fun, creative experiment about what it feels like to read the news on TV, and you’ll also learn a lot along the way!
- Donate your TV if you have an extra one you can live without. You can donate it to Donation Town who will then pass it along to a family that does not have a TV. It is both helping a family in need and better for the environment because your TV is not ending up in a landfill.
- Watch a documentary on your TV. Documentaries educate the people on a variety of topics such as AIDS/HIV, Holocaust, Nuclear Accidents, Human Trafficking, Drug Rings and Diabetes complications.
- Read a book about television. Some suggestions are: Television Studies, A Companion to Television and A Study of Modern Television.