1950

First international television link between France and the UK

1953

The Coronation of Elizabeth II was the first event to be broadcast live internationally. People crowded in front of the few available television sets to see the magic happen.

1954

The Eurovision television network launches the first official transmission from the Narcissus Festival in Montreux.

1956

The first Eurovision Song Contest takes pace in Lugano on 10 May and is relayed live by 10 countries.

1958

The News Exchange launches with live images from the Vatican on the death of Pope Pius XII.

1960

The EBU buys the rights to the Rome Olympic Games for USD 1.2 million, the first of many collective rights agreements.

1962

The first transmissions between North America and Europe are made using the Telstar satellite.

1965

Jeux Sans Frontières – It’s a Knockout' launches as a Europe-wide television game show.

1967

The Music Exchange launches its first concert season, starting with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

1969

With technical support from the EBU, our Members transmitted the Apollo 11 moon landing.

1975

EBU Members encourage the adoption of Teletext, following the BBC’s launch of Ceefax (the world’s first teletext information service) in 1974.

1982

The EBU receives an international Emmy Award for the design of a world standard for digital television accepted by the ITU.

1992

The International Radio & Television Organization (OIRT), a sister organization of broadcasters from central and eastern Europe, merges with the EBU.

1993

The Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project helps set digital broadcasting standards for much of the world over the next two decades.

1995

The EBU is central to agreement on a common worldwide standard for digital radio at the ITU.

1998

Working with the ITU, the EBU helps achieve a worldwide standard for high definition television.

2003

The first Junior Eurovision Song Contest is broadcast live from Copenhagen.

2011

EBU sparks a Loudness Revolution initiating an international agreement to address disparate levels of volume between programming, trailers and advertising.

2012

The EBU drives the technical standard for ultra-high definition television with the ITU. The standard enables NHK and the BBC to film parts of the London Olympic Games – the EBU’s biggest ever operation – in UHDTV.

2015

The EBU works with Belgium Member VRT to create the world’s first live production studio using solely IP technology.

2018

Inaugural European Championships – a new multisport event supported by the EBU and its Members.

2019

Eurovision Services becomes an official subsidiary of the EBU.