The Observer provides a short but handy guide to Commercial TV. Much of the information will be familiar to readers of Zero Minus Sixty, but some bears reproduction (or repetition) here. (more…)
Monthly Archive: September 1955
The Guardian carries the news that the so-called “silent hour”, from 6pm to 7pm, which comes into force at the end of this month, will be broken only in Wales. The silent time, which currently runs between 6pm and 7.30pm, has been taken up with regional programmes including special Welsh-language programmes. Apart from any Welsh productions shown during the “silent hour” the whole of the country will be able to see all broadcasts made by the BBC’s regional television units. (more…)
The news today is a bitty as tonight’s BBC schedule.
Those saddled with older television sets which can only receive BBC programmes should expect to pay no more than around £12 to have their set converted to allow reception of commercial programmes if they live in an area where reception is good or £15 where the signal is weaker according to The Guardian’s “own reporter”. The Daily Mirror reports similar information but adds that many people were being charged between £16 and £38 for this service. (more…)
The Guardian reports on the appointment by the BBC of a Mr R Taylor “as a television produced in the North Region with special concern for light entertainment.” (more…)
The Guardian and The Times revive the subject of the 14-day rule and report that one of the Liberal Party’s treasurers, Philip Fothergill, is expected to renew his party’s attack on the rule at a meeting today. (more…)
The Guardian’s “Books Received” records the receipt of Writing for Television by Arthur Swinson (A & C Black, price 16s). Is this the first such publication in the UK? (more…)
Most mysterious is a classified advertisement in the top people’s paper where a “Television Personality” with an office near Trafalgar Square requires an experienced secretary with “languages and knowledge of music and bookkeeping” an asset as well as the desire to “work hard”. The salary on offer is set initially at £525. (more…)
Time for a gander at The Stage, and its TV Page’s TeleBriefs column is, disappointingly, mostly concerned with television on the other side of the Atlantic.
In the few British TV snippets we are given we are told that the band leader Harry Parry will be returning to television “on September 14, as musical director of the BBC Children’s Television show Crackerjack“. Eamonn Andrews is set to be the master of ceremonies and the programme will run on alternative Wednesdays from 5.15pm to 6pm. (more…)
The Guardian’s Radio Critic (RC) was disappointed by Fred Emney’s television turn at the National Radio Show. Under the subheading “Hampered by Script” RC noted that in the recent series Emney Enterprises Emney “appeared to be another of the stage top-liners who took naturally to television” but this time he was “below his best.” (more…)
The Times’ “News in Brief” section comes up trumps for the second day running. This time, it reports that The League of Empire Loyalists have challenged the BBC to arrange a broadcast debate between one of their spokesmen and Gilbert Harding on the subject of Britain’s colonial record. The LoEL claimed that during the programme Who Said That? Mr Harding make “an outspoken attack on the British Empire.” (more…)