World Television Day is celebrated on 21th November every year in the World since 1996. The United Nations (UN) proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day in December 1996. On 21 and 22 November 1996 the United Nations held the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures met under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss the growing significance of television in today’s changing World. First television was successfully demonstrated by Philo Taylor Farmsworth in San Francisco on Sept 7, 1927. First television started in India on 15th September 1959. In 1979/1982 the first color tv started in India.
Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world. Television has been one of the main sources of entertainment since its invention. It is important to note that not just entertainment but television is also a significant tool for educating and informing people. World Television Day is celebrated on 21 November across the world every year, to emphasise the importance of television beyond electronic tools. The purpose of observing the day is not the celebration of tools, but the philosophy of television. Television was acknowledged as a major tool to spread information, channel and influence public opinion. UN popularised the idea that television represents a symbol of globalisation and communication in the contemporary world.
Television has taken a centre stage at homes for family bonding and entertainment and hence brought people closer together. The United Nations recognizes television plays a major role in presenting different issues that affect people, so we celebrate how television is a symbol for communication and global education. Television has played a vital source of entertainment since its invention. In the 20th century, when it was first launched, it helped unite India, as many people would gather in front of a single screen to watch iconic shows such as Hum Log, Buniyaad, Ramayan, and Mahabharat, among others.