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Moving House

More advertising in The Times today. This time, it’s Associated-Rediffusion who invite applications “from suitably qualified men for the appointment of Chief Accountant.” They offer a salary which “dependent upon qualifications and experience, will be up to £2,500 per annum.”

Another suitably qualified man is the Rev. Francis House, who has been the BBC’s Head of the Religious Broadcasting since October 1947. The Church Times carries the story that he has been appointed an associate general secretary of the World Council of Churches at Geneva. Mr. House will be the director of the newly-established Division of Ecumenical Action.

D.E.R. (Domestic Electric Rentals)’s newspaper advertisements promise a “superb 14-inch model” which will be able to receive BBC and commercial television programmes. And there’s no increase in the rental for the extra programmes! What’s less clear is who much the rental actually costs. 5/9 a week is shown in big print, but smaller type prefaces that with the words “reducing every six months to” so how many periods of six months must you rent before the rental is reaches this point? It doesn’t say.

The Stage goes into further detail about the BBC schedule changes due to start in the autumn.

From 4 September, evening programmes will start at 7pm between Monday and Saturday, and 7.30pm on Sundays, and will continue until sometime between 10.30pm and 11pm depending on the programmes.

From 19 September, the weekday afternoon transmission period will run from 3pm to 5pm, with women’s programmes from 3pm to 4pm on Mondays through to Thursdays and general entertainment programmes in the remainder of the time. Children’s programmes will run from 5pm to 6pm each day.

The Stage also notes that the idea of using Eamonn Andrews as the victim of the opening edition of This is Your Life wasn’t the original plan. Apparently the footballer Stanley Matthews was first choice, but the news leaked out and the subject switched to Eamonn in the 36 hours leading up to transmission.

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