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Broadcasting in 1938

Nature volume 143, pages 553554 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



THE report of the Governors of the British Broadcasting Corporation for the year ended December 31, 1938, as presented to His Majesty's Postmaster-General, has recently been published as a white paper (Cmd. 5951. London: H.M. Stationery Office. 6d. net). The scope of the report is indicated by the headings of the main sections into which it is divided, namely, programmes, public relations, engineering and administration. During the year under review, the Corporation suffered a loss by the resignations of its first director-general, Sir John Reith, and of the deputy director-general, Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Carpendale. Mr. F. W. Ogilvie was appointed to the first position, while Mr. C. G. Graves became the new deputy director-general. The staff of the B.B.C. is now more than four thousand, and these have provided to nearly nine million licensed listeners a home broadcasting service of some 79,500 hours in 1938, with the remarkably small breakdown time of 0-023 per cent. In addition, nearly 33,000 hours of Empire programmes were provided, while the aggregate time of operation for the television sound and vision transmitters has increased from 1,619 hours in 1937 to 2,679 hours in 1938. Among the increased programme facilities provided during the past year were daily news services in Arabic for listeners in the Near and Middle East, and in Spanish and Portuguese for listeners in Latin-American countries. Towards theend of the year, also, daily news services, intended primarily for European reception, were broadcast in French, German and Italian.

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