World Television Day

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2024 Date21 November 2024
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World Television Day is a global observance dedicated to recognizing the impact of television as a means of communication and information dissemination. The day highlights the importance of the medium in fostering cultural exchange, promoting diversity, and encouraging democratic debate among societies. It underlines the essential role television plays in shaping public opinion, raising awareness on crucial issues, and showcasing the work of numerous professionals and artists involved in television programming and production.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Television Day on 21st November 1996, acknowledging the significant impact the medium has had on people around the world. In India, television has grown in leaps and bounds since the inception of Doordarshan in 1959, evolving from a single, state-owned channel to a diverse industry with countless private channels catering to varied preferences. Apart from being an essential source of entertainment, television has served as an indispensable tool for education, creating awareness about social issues, and empowering citizens with its widespread reach and influence on the masses.

World Television Day is observed in India by acknowledging and celebrating the progress the Indian television industry has made since its inception. Seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on the role of television in societal development are organized by media houses, educational institutions, and industry veterans. Recognizing the power of television in their lives, audiences in India are encouraged to engage in discussions about the importance of ethical journalism, responsible content creation, and maintaining diversity in programming. World Television Day is celebrated on 21st November annually, serving as a reminder for all stakeholders of the immense potential of television in shaping a better, well-informed future.

World Television Day facts

  • 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.).
  • In the early years, television in India was solely black and white. The first-ever color television broadcast in India occurred in 1982 during the Asian Games held in New Delhi.
  • India has over 900 satellite television channels, which include news, entertainment, sports, and regional language channels. The television industry in India is estimated to be worth over $10 billion.

Top things to do in India for World Television Day

  • 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!
  • Use World Television Day as an opportunity to recognize and support local TV production. Tune in to local channels or shows, share positive reviews, or recommend local productions to friends and family.
  • Use social media platforms to recognize and appreciate the hard work and creativity of actors, directors, writers, and other professionals in the television industry. Share their profiles, interviews, or memorable clips from their shows to show appreciation and create awareness.

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