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The year 1952 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1952.
- July 7 - Turkey's first television station was opened ITU TV.
- July 20 – Arrow to the Heart, the first collaboration between director Rudolph Cartier and scriptwriter Nigel Kneale, is broadcast by BBC Television.
- August 1 – First TV broadcast in the Dominican Republic by La Voz Dominicana, a TV station based on the radio station of the same name.
- September 6 – Television debuts in Canada with the initiation of CBFT in Montreal, Quebec.
- September 8 – CBLT in Toronto, Ontario begins broadcasting as Canada's second TV station.
- September 20 – The first commercial Ultra High Frequency (UHF) television station in the world, KPTV (now a Fox company affiliate), begins broadcasting in Portland, Oregon on channel 27.
- October 7 – WFIL-TV Philadelphia's afternoon series Bandstand, which will become American Bandstand, changes emphasis to teens dancing to popular records
- November 16 – CBS Television City in Hollywood, California opens.
- The first political advertisements appear on US television. Democrats buy a 30-minute time segment for their candidate, Adlai Stevenson. Stevenson receives unfavorable mail for interfering with a broadcast of I Love Lucy. Dwight Eisenhower buys 20 second commercial segments and wins the election.
- The first telecast of an atomic bomb detonation (KTLA).
- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission reserved channels for non-commercial, public broadcasting.
- There were approximately 146,000 television sets in Canada and most antennas were pointed towards WBEN-TV (now WIVB) in Buffalo, New York.
- The first telecast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast by CBS.
- Sooty, a little yellow glove puppet teddy bear makes his debut on BBC's Talent Night.
- Amos & Andy (1951–1953)
- Author Meets the Critics (1947–1954)
- Bozo the Clown (1948–present)
- Café Continental (UK) (1947–1953)
- Candid Camera (1948–present)
- Cisco Kid (1950–1956)
- The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950-1955)
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995)
- Dragnet (1951–1959)
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960)
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present)
- Hawkins Falls (1950, 1951–1955)
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Juvenile Jury (1947–1954)
- Kaleidoscope (UK) (1946–1953)
- Kraft Television Theater (1947–1958)
- Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957)
- Life with Elizabeth (1952–1955)
- Love of Life (1951–1980)
- Martin Kane, Private Eye (1949–1954)
- Meet the Press (1947–present)
- Muffin the Mule (UK) (1946–1955)
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986)
- Television Newsreel (UK) (1948–1954)
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971)
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958)
- The Goldbergs (1949–1955)
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965)
- The Roy Rogers Show (1951–1957)
- The Texaco Star Theater (1948–1953)
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963)
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988)
- What's My Line (1950–1967)
- Your Hit Parade (1950–1959)
- Your Show of Shows (1950–1954)
- January 6 - Claudia on NBC (moved to CBS on March 31, 1952):167
- January 14 – The Today Show on NBC (1952–present)
- March 1 – Death Valley Days in syndication (1952–1975)
- June 19 – I've Got a Secret on CBS (1952–1967)
- June 30 – the soap opera The Guiding Light (1952–2009) on CBS, which began on radio in 1937, becoming the longest-running regularly scheduled drama in television history
- July 10 - The prime time version of A Date with Judy debuts on ABC.
- September – the religious drama This Is the Life on DuMont, and ran until the late 1980s
- September 19 – Adventures of Superman in syndication (1952–1958)
- October 26 – Victory at Sea (1952–1953) on NBC, one of the first historic documentary series
- October 3 – Our Miss Brooks (1952-1956) on CBS
- November 1 – Hockey Night in Canada on CBC (1952–present)
- November 6 – Biff Baker, U.S.A. on CBS (1952–1953)
- November 8 – My Hero on NBC (1952–1953)
- December 1 – The Abbott and Costello Show in syndication (1952–1954)
- December 15 – Flower Pot Men on BBC Television (1952)
- American Bandstand, originally called Bandstand, as a local program in Philadelphia (1952–1989)
- Life Is Worth Living with Bishop Fulton J. Sheen on DuMont (1952–1955), then on ABC (1955–1957)
- My Little Margie (1952–1955), starring Gale Storm
- See It Now, hosted by Edward R. Murrow
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on ABC (1952–1966)
- The Ernie Kovacs Show, where Kovacs explores the boundaries of television technology with his use of special effects (1952–1953)
- Meet the Masters, a program about classical music, on NBC and WGN-TV
- This Is Your Life in the U.S. (1952–1961)
- Life with Elizabeth, a sitcom featuring Betty White (1952–1955)
Ending during 1952
|February 23||A Date with Judy (daytime version)||1951|
|March 27||The Bill Goodwin Show|
|April 11||Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town|
|April 24||Stop the Music||1949|
|Unknown||Picture Page (UK)||1946|