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Launched15 June 1951
Owned byVodean Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
16:9 1080p (HDTV)
Audience share29.7% (January 2017)
SloganIt must be VBC
Broadcast areaNationally
HeadquartersSaviso, St Austell
Formerly calledVBC Television Service (1951-1956)
VBC TV (1956-1994)
Sister channel(s)VBC2
VBC 24
VBC Parliament
Timeshift channel(s)VBC1+1
AirlinkChannel 1 (SD)
Channel 101 (HD)
Channel 301 (VBC1+1)
RevolutionChannel 1 (SD)
Channel 901 (HD)
Channel 951 (VBC1+1)
TelstarChannel 101 (SD)
Channel 171 (HD)
Channel 651 (VBC1+1)
RevolutionChannel 1 (SD)
Channel 901 (HD)
Channel 951 (VBC1+1)
TelstarChannel 101 (SD)
Channel 171 (HD)
Channel 651 (VBC1+1)
SirionChannel 1
Channel 91 (VBC1+1)
Country CableChannel 11
TangentChannel 101 (SD)
Channel 1001 (HD)
SirionChannel 1
SkipChannel 01

VBC1 is the flagship television channel of the Vodean Broadcasting Corporation. Launched on 15 June 1951 as the VBC Television Service, it was the first television channel in Vodeo. The channel was renamed VBC TV (sometimes stylised as VBC-TV) on 31 December 1956 following the launch of commercial television, and was renamed VBC1 on 30 September 1994.

Unlike its sister channels VBC2 and VBC3, VBC1 is a a public non-commercial television channel as specified in the Television Act 1948. It is currently the most watched television channel in Vodeo, ahead of its traditional rivals for ratings leadership, National (NTV) and Standard.


VBC television broadcasting can be traced back to 1945, when tests of broadcasting equipment were held in Saviso. Interest in the medium by the Liberal government led to the passing of the Television Act 1948, which authorised the establishment of a television network operated by the Vodean Broadcasting Corporation. Preparations for the new television service took place between late 1948 and early 1951, including the construction of studios and transmitting equipment. Basic sound stages were to be used initially, with purpose-built studios following later.

Broadcasting began at 7:00 pm on 15 June 1951, with Premier Guy Bradford inaugurating the service at channel SAV-7 in Saviso. Holme was the second city to receive television broadcasts, beginning on 2 December 1951 on channel CAT-3, followed by Gerrise (GRT-4) on 27 March 1952, Avalon (ATS-8) on 17 September 1952, and Silverton (STV-2) on 31 December 1952. VBC television studios were progressively opened across Vodeo over the following two years, with Schellingen the last to begin transmissions on 29 August 1954. Television licences were introduced alongside VBC Television in 1951, initially costing 3 (equal to £99 in 2016) per annum.

The VBC held a monopoly on television broadcasting in Vodeo until the opening of commercial broadcasting by National Television on 21 July 1956. Following a drop in viewership, the VBC began making changes to the channel, including its renaming to VBC TV on 31 December 1956. Television relay facilities were installed in 1959, allowing national broadcasting for the first time.

Between 1951 and 1956 broadcasting was limited to a few hours a day between Monday and Friday (although Saturday broadcasting began in 1954), due to a combination of a limited audience and a lack of programming; while the VBC had prepared some shows for broadcast, most programmes were either live or imported. Following the success of National Television, the VBC commissioned the creation of new shows and material, financed in part by an increase in the licence fee to £4 per annum. Beginning in 1957 a series of new shows began, including Bandstand (broadcast between 1957 and 1966) Cactus Kate (1957-62), Central Station (1957-61), The George Granger Show (1958-62), and Spot's Kids' Club (1958-61). Sports show Sporting Calendar and current affairs show Review both began in 1959 and have continued to the present day.

The beginning of television broadcasts in neighbouring Turonia in the late 1950s gave the Vodean government an opportunity to broadcast television signals into the socialist nation through the VBC. Transmitters had been constructed in border regions of Sandrina, Avalon, and Trinity with this in mind, but in 1965 the Bentinck transmitter was upgraded to allow broadcast reception as far north as Causeng. Due to international treaties Turonia was unable to jam or block the signal (since this would also interfere with Sandrinan reception), but attempted to do the same to Vodeo; while Turonia's efforts were not as successful, Turonian television was able to be received as far south as Avington.

VBC-TV was the first television channel in Vodeo to begin regular colour transmissions, on 24 December 1968 (although broadcasting tests had been held as early as 1966), with full colour programming following on 1 June 1973.

Other services


VBC1's timeshift channel VBC1+1 was introduced for Airlink customers on 1 July 2012. It is a channel with a one-hour time shift of each province's VBC1 feed (although between 2012 and 2014 it was of the Saviso feed). The channel was later introduced to Telstar, Revolution, and Sirion pay-TV services in 2014.


A high-definition simulcast of VBC1 was launched to coincide with the launch of the Airlink digital television service in 2005, known as VBC HD. Initially broadcast in 720i, in 2012 it was upgraded to 1080i and renamed VBC1 HD. On 1 January 2017 the channel, alongside NTV HD and Standard HD, was upgraded to 1080p as a trial of DVB-T2 broadcasting. The three channels are the first in the world to broadcast in full high definition resolution.