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No. 32 Sept. 1958

Letter of the month : Television in Wales.

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Letter of the month
SIR: The present state of broadcasting
and television in Wales is a matter of
concern for all Welshmen. In the
early thirties southern Wales and the
West of England formed one region
for broadcasting purposes, with the
result that neither Wales nor the
West of England was satisfied with
the broadcasting service given. From
year to year, all complaints were met
by the BBC with official statements
that 'technical difficulties' prevented
any other form of grouping. In 1934
the University of Wales set up a
Committee to 'be the only recog-
nised channel for Welsh opinion' in
broadcasting matters. In 1935, as a
result of representations by this Com-
mittee, Wales was given a regional
Welsh broadcasting station, and the
'technical difficulties 'disappeared.
When television came to Wales,
both the BBC and it v repeated the
mistakes of the early days of broad-
casting. The main B B C mast at Wen-
voe serves southern Wales & the West
of England. The Pontcanna studios
of the T w w serve 'South Wales and
the West'. Northern Wales in part
receives the Granada television ser-
vice from Manchester. Despite claims
by both bbc and itv that they serve
the whole of Wales, large tracts of
the country have no effective tele-
vision service of any kind.
But even if the whole of Wales
were effectively served, what have
the two television bodies to offer?
The bbc present a programme in
Welsh for about forty minutes at
1.0 pm on Sunday, and fifteen
minutes of news in Welsh generally
at 1.15 on weekdays, with five
minutes of news in English at 6.15
pm (often a re-showing of the 1.15
films). In the matter of sport, despite
the fact that it is the British Broadcast-
ing Corporation, most of the time
is allotted to England. In addition,
plays are occasionally produced from
the Welsh studios, but often with
no significance for Wales. No pro-
gramme in the Welsh language is
televised after 2.0 pm on any day. In
short, the BBC programmes in Welsh
are televised at the most inconvenient
times possible for the majority of
viewers, and with little regard for
the wishes of the people of Wales.
The Independent Television com-
panies (Granada and T w w) began by
confining their Welsh programmes
to the period between 4.20 pm and
5.0 pm-a time when only house-
wives, as a general rule, could be
expected to see them. Granada began
with three programmes a week; now
they have none. tww began with
two programmes a week but at
the present time they, too, have
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