World Television Day: Date, History and Meaning

World Television Day is celebrated on December 17 every year.

Let us agree that despite the increasing use of internet, OTT platforms or any other advanced means of communication, television has remained special for the masses. People still enjoy consuming content in this traditional audio-visual way of storytelling. Since its inception, television has played a vital role in entertaining, educating and informing people about various happenings around the world. To celebrate the importance of this electronic medium, World Television Day is celebrated on November 21 each year.

Television was invented by a Scottish engineer, John Logie Baird, in 1924. Over the decades of its existence, it has proven to be a prominent tool in shaping public opinion.


World Television Day: History and Meaning

The United Nations General Assembly held the first World Television Forum on November 21-22, 1996. Media personalities gathered for a two-day summit to discuss the growing importance of television. It was at this time that the media (television) was recognized as a major tool for informing, channeling and influencing public opinion. His impact, presence and influence on world politics could not be denied.

Therefore, the United Nations General Assembly, on December 17, 1996, by resolution 51/205, established November 21 as World Television Day.

Television has always played a major role in informing, channeling and influencing public opinion. When this decision was made, it was not only a question of celebrating the object itself, but the symbol of communication and globalization in the contemporary world that it represents.

(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)


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