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Monthly Archive: September 1955

Lights? A Turn Off

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…)

What Critics Are For

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…)

Who He? Or She?

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…)

M.E. No Likey

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…)

New Faces, Old Hands

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…)