World Television Day

On 21st November, World Television Day is celebrated around the world every year, emphasizing the importance of television beyond electronic tools. The world television day is not a celebration of tools, but a philosophy of television.


Television has been one of the main sources of entertainment since its invention. It was also an important tool for educating and informing people as well. Television contributed to the unification of India in the 1980s as many people gathered in front of one screen to watch iconic television programs such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. According to the United Nations (UN), television is a symbol of globalization and communication in today’s world.

Objective of this day

The decision to mark World Television Day on November 21st each year is made by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which states that exposing the world to conflict and threats to peace and security will increase television’s influence in decision making. This day also makes aware the potential role of televisions in clarifying the focus on other important issues such as social and economic issues.

History of this day

n November 1996, the United Nations hosted the first World Television Forum. Leading media personalities attended the forum to discuss the growing importance of television around the world. UNGA then decided to mark November 21st as World Television Day.

Introduction of Television in India

Television was invented in the year 1924 by Scottish engineer John Logie Baird. In India, television was introduced in New Delhi on September 15, 1959, with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).