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Radio And Television Programmes (Schedules)

Volume 978: debated on Monday 4 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to end the monopoly of the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Broadcasting Authority in issuing forthcoming radio and television programme schedules only to newspapers which are sold rather than given away.

No. It is the long-standing policy of successive Administrations that there should be no interference by Government in the day-to-day running of the broadcasting organisations.