TV since 1981

1989

IBA relaxes sponsorship rules for some categories of programme, eg weather & arts, and relaxes rules on advertising by charities
January
BARB issues specification for new contract to run from August 1991
February
Sky Television launches 4 channel satellite service from the Astra satellite
BARB issues a specification for a panel of 200 Astra homes
June
BSB launch delayed owing to technical problems
September
First official NICAM digital stereo sound transmissions by ITV
October
The first separate ITV airtime sales house, TSMS, is launched
November
Bob Hulks joins BARB as its first Chief Executive
Start of televising of House of Commons
December
BARB Astra contract awarded to RSMB