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Read this: BBC2 at 50: The 50 facts you might not know - News - TV Radio - The Independent

Summary: The logo of a mother kangaroo with a baby emerging from her pouch was used to advertise BBC2 in the run-up to the channels first transmission, and a live animal was brought in for opening night. 2 The channel was the result of a recommendation in the Pilkington Committee review of broadcasting in 1962. 3 On launch night, 20 April 1964, a huge power cut in west London forced transmissions to switch to Alexandra Palace, where newsreader Gerald Priestland stoically delivered a news bulletin before the channel was cut off. - link

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