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Local Broadcasting

Volume 959: debated on Thursday 30 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will reconsider the proposals for local BI3C radio stations as distinct from independent stations, in view of the current losses of the BBC and the depletion of resources for existing broadcast. ing that the setting up of these local BBC stations would involve.

The White Paper on broadcasting (Cmnd. 7294) indicates that there is a substantial measure of support for BBC local radio and that the Government intend that both BBC and independent local radio services should be permitted to expand. The allocation of the necessary resources is a matter for the BBC.