People were always fascinated by moving images and there were several inventors working to create TV transmission prior to John Logie Baird’s first image transmission in 1924. He then set up a company, Television Limited.
By the start of the 1930’s Baird’s company had sold a few sets, and some transmissions were made, but overall the quality was poor and the idea hadn’t really taken off.
BBC gets involved.
The BBC was already established, with its popular radio transmissions, you can find more information here http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/research/general/local-radio. Although initially unenthusiastic about allowing Baird’s company to use their equipment to make test TV transmissions, they eventually allowed a few to go ahead. Whilst still having reservations about Baird’s system, they felt TV was worth pursuing, so continued to work with Baird’s company to create six days a week broadcasts.
A rival system to Baird’s was developed which …