HC Deb 27 March 1933 vol 276 cc675-6

asked the Postmaster-General if his attention has been called to the fact that Russia is proposing to use a 500-kilowatt broadcasting station, whereas all the other European Powers at the Madrid Conference agreed to a maximum of 100 to 120 kilowatts; and whether Russia is a party to this agreement at Madrid?


The International Radiotelegraph Regulations which were signed at the Madrid Conference do not prescribe any limit of power for broadcasting stations. It was, however, agreed in a special Protocol, to which all the principal European countries, including Russia, were parties, that a broadcasting conference should be held in Switzerland in May next which should deal with the allocation of wavelengths to broadcasting stations in Europe and the fixing of the power which such stations may use. The Protocol contains a clause to the effect that the European Conference shall take as a guide a statement drawn up at Madrid which provides that, save in exceptional cases, the power used by a broadcasting station should not exceed 100 kilowatts if it is working on a medium wavelength or 150 if it is working on a long wavelength.

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