Radio shows: US
• Backstage Wife (transfers from the Mutual Broadcasting System to NBC, from 30 March. Soap, remains on air until 1961.
• The Green Hornet (WXYZ Detroit, from 31 January). Action adventure from the team that created The Lone Ranger.
• Professor Quiz, (from 11 October). First nationwide US radio quiz show, show begins a 12- year run. In a reversal of the customary process, contestants received $25 if they can ask the host, Dr Craig Earl (aka Professor Quiz) a question that he could not answer.
Television shows: UK
• Picture Page. (BBC, from 9 October). Magazine programme.
• First issue of Life magazine (23 November), published by Henry Luce, strong on photo-journalism. The first cover shows a baby being born with the caption 'Life begins'.