You can now read the very first copy of Radio Times online

The first edition shows a nation still enthralled by wireless radio, hailed as "a miracle of broadcasting”


For the first time, Radio Times magazines from the 1920s have been digitised by the BBC – meaning the public can read issues from as early as 1923.


The very first issue, published on 28 September 1923, cost a modest two pence and depicts a nation utterly in awe of the technological wonder of the new wireless radio sets.


An article from Issue 1 entitled “What’s in the Air?” by Arthur R Burrows, BBC Director of Programmes, opens with “Hullo everyone!” and cheerfully introduces listeners to radio scheduling pages, announcing, “May you never be late for your favourite wave-train”.

Another with the title “A Miracle of Broadcasting” tells of “an historic milestone in the history of wireless” whereby a man’s voice was successfully transmitted through six different wireless stations – aka radios – hundreds of miles apart.

Cartoons, too, explored the comic possibilities of a public who still didn’t quite understand how radio worked.


You can access the digitised 1920s magazines at the BBC Genome Project.


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