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Televised Performances

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Minister for the Arts what discussions he has held with national opera houses and theatres on increasing the number of televised performances.

It is for the companies themselves to decide on these matters. It is, however, the policy of the Arts Council to encourage the televising of performances in order to promote access to the arts. In addition, many new operatic productions are now broadcast on the radio. Between the two media, there were 15 broadcast productions in 1989; nine from the royal opera house, and six for English national opera.