International Broadcasting Union


    THE issue of World Radio of June 29 contains an account of the London meeting of the Union Internationale de Radiodiffusion, which was concluded on June 20, and also the report of the Council of the Union. The meeting was attended by seventy-three delegates, including representatives of the broadcasting organisations of twenty European countries, of the two great American chains of stations and of the Cuban broadcasting organisation; and, in addition, delegates from thirteen Europaan State administrations. The general assembly and business meetings were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, but visits were arranged to such places of interest as the International Trunk Exchange of the G.P.O., to Broadcasting House and to two stations of the B.B.C. The report of the Council of the Union concerns the European wave-length situation, and such subjects as international programmes and their future arrangement, and the legal aspects of author's rights. The impression of the Council is that, since the introduction of the Lucerne plan, the general situation in regard to broadcasting on the long wavelengths has been appreciably improved by the partial application of certain recommendations made at Geneva in February. The situation is complicated by the presence in the long-wave band of the stations Luxembourg and Madona, which were not given long wave-lengths by the Lucerne conference. No solution of this difficulty can be found at present, but recommendations were made to the Governments and broadcasting organisations concerned to re-examine the situation arising therefrom with the view of reaching an arrangement satisfactory to all the interested services.

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    International Broadcasting Union. Nature 134, 19 (1934).

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