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Overseas Services

Volume 415: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Informationthe total transmission time of all broadcasting services of the B.B.C, other than for listeners at home, on 1st May, 1st August and 1st October, 1945, and the total establishment of these services on these dates.

The B.B.C. Overseas services, including the European service, broadcast for a total of 119 hours 52 minutes a day on 1st May, 1945; 98 hours 16 minutes on 1st August; and 99 hours 1 minute on 1st October. The total establishment for these services was 1,432 persons on 1st May,1945; 1,398 persons on 1st August; and 1,403 persons on 1st October.

asked the Minister of Information the total transmission time of B.B.C. broadcasts to European countries on 1st May, 1st August and 1st October, 1945; and the number of staff employed by these services.

:The B.B.C. European Service broadcasts covered a total of 33 hours 2 minutes on 1st May, 1945; 27 hours 1 minute on 1st August; and 27 hours 46 minutes on 1st October. The total establishment for this service was 798 persons on 1st May, 1945; 766 persons on 1st August; and 732 persons on 1st October. In addition, certain technical and administrative work for the European Service was performed by staff on other establishments.