In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996.

Electronic television was first successfully demonstrated in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 1927. The system was designed by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, a 21-year-old inventor who had lived in a house without electricity until he was 14.
World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalisation in the contemporary world.
Television: a cornerstone of democracy and a pillar of freedom of expression and cultural diversity. It nurtures education, continually invites people to explore beyond their living rooms and arouses curiosity across the world.

Television is a wonderful ambassador for the entertainment industry. It does not only help to reveal fresh talent and discover new music, it also stimulates and kindles our musical heritage while encouraging the fusion of styles and artists.

Furthermore, television cultivates generosity and care, underpinning many charitable organisations’ fundraising events. Sports events’ broadcasts inspire people to go beyond their personal limits and gather billions of viewers around sound and positive values. By offering quality entertainment, television provides an avenue of dreams and wonder to households around the world. News footage direct from the latest humanitarian crisis; documentaries putting a human face to crucial issues of our time – human rights, peace and security, and development; live coverages as it responds to global crises.

Television in Mauritius

It’s been 91 years this year since the first TV footage was released. In Mauritius, television has been part of the scene for 52 years. She has since left the show to get closer to her audience. In this new environment, the MBC, a public television service, is rethinking to meet the needs and expectations of its consumers.