List of years in television       (table)
 1969 .  1970 .  1971 .  1972  . 1973  . 1974  . 1975 
1976 1977 1978 -1979- 1980 1981 1982
 1983 .  1984 .  1985 .  1986  . 1987  . 1988  . 1989 
In home video: 1976 1977 1978 -1979- 1980 1981 1982     
          In film : 1976 1977 1978 -1979- 1980 1981 1982     

The year 1979 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1979.

For the American TV schedule, see: 1979-80 American network television schedule.


  • January 9 – The Music for UNICEF Concert is performed in New York City. The televised special airs the following night on NBC in the United States.
  • February 11 – In the US, 43 million viewers watch Elvis, a made for TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley, on ABC.
  • March 6 – Another World becomes the first (and, to date, the only) soap opera to air regularly scheduled ninety-minute telecasts. The time extension coincides with the death of long-running character John Randolph (played by Michael M. Ryan) in a house fire. The show goes back to 60-minute episodes in August 1980.
  • March 6 – Villain Roger Thorpe (played by Michael Zaslow) rapes his wife Holly (Maureen Garrett) on Guiding Light, the first time spousal rape was shown on U.S. television.
  • March 19 – C-SPAN, an American Government television channel focusing on public affairs and programming, is launched.
  • April 1 - Nickelodeon, an American cable channel focusing on children's programming, is launched.
  • April 22 – Friendly Fire, a TV movie starring Carol Burnett as a mother who wants to know how her son died in Vietnam, airs on ABC.
  • April 23 – The Price is Right on CBS moves to 11:00 A.M. EST and remains in that slot to this day.
  • August 10 – In the UK, the whole of the ITV network except in the Channel Islands, is affected by a technicians' strike for eleven weeks.
  • September 7 – ESPN begins broadcasting sports 24/7 and was the first cable TV channel to be launched as a 24-hour channel.
  • September 19 – On the two-hour TV-movie season premiere event on Eight is Enough, both David and Susan Bradford married their respective loves in a double ceremony. The premiere grabbed a 40 share across the two hours.
  • October 24 – On ITV's first night back on air after the strike, Quatermass, the fourth and final serial featuring Professor Bernard Quatermass, begins its run on the network.
  • Over 300 million households worldwide now own television sets.
  • November 4 - Jaws was broadcast.
  • December 1 – The Movie Channel begins broadcasting movies 24/7.
  • General Hospital tops the yearly daytime television ratings for the first time.
  • September 3 - CFMT, Toronto's first multicultural channel, launches.
  • First color television broadcasts in Greece.
  • BBC2 unveils the first computer-generated television presentation symbol in the world. US broadcaster NBC unveils their first computer-generated symbol later that year.



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