HC Deb 29 March 1927 vol 204 c1044
58. Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY

asked the Postmaster-General why it is that the British Broadcasting Corporation is to receive £50,000 in revenue less this year than last year; and how many wireless-listening licences are in force this year as compared to last year?


The amount paid to the British Broadcasting Company last year covered not only the revenue for the service but also the sum required for the repayment of the company's share capital and the expense of winding up the company. The revenue of the British Broadcasting Corporation during the financial year 1927–28 will be substantially greater than the revenue of the company for the conduct of the service during the year 1926. The number of licences in 'force on the 28th February, 1926, was about 1,906,000 and the number in force on the 28th February, 1927, was about 2,235,000 in addition to about 4,400 free licences for blind persons.