Tuppence a Mag: 90 Years of the Radio Times

London Historians' Blog

An exhibition opened today at the Museum of London which celebrates the magazine that has adorned many of the nation’s coffee-tables for almost a century: the Radio Times.  The “The” was dropped surprisingly early, in the 1930s, so it’s not just chicanery of modern branding agencies. People still use it, though. Don’t they?

But enough of that. The BBC first started broadcasting radio in 1922. To its chagrin, the nation’s newspapers refused to publish programme listings for free, so in a fit of pique, the corporation founded The Radio Times. Cover price: 2d. Did everything cost tuppence in the early part of the 20C?

Moving anti-clockwise from this issue we move through the decades, perusing a selection of several dozen covers of the 4,000+ issues that there have been of Radio Times. Through its 90 years, even during the war, RT has only missed one week (those…

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