HC Deb 29 May 1940 vol 361 c529
18. Major Milner

asked the Minister of Information whether he is aware of the complaints regarding the fading of British Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts in French; whether any tests have been made of the reception of our broadcasts in foreign languages, if so, with what result, and, if not, will such test be arranged?

Mr. Cooper

Broadcasts made on medium waves are, generally speaking, only effective at the longer ranges after nightfall, so that in the summer the period when they can be received by listeners in the more distant parts of the Continent is necessarily limited. Tests made by the B.B.C. and reports from many listeners indicate, however, that reception on medium waves in the nearer part of the Continent, including the northern part of France, is satisfactory. The B.B.C. broadcasts in French are sent on both short and medium waves, and, according to the many reports available, the short wave transmissions are well received in France both by day and by night.

Major Milner

If I can give my right hon. Friend some evidence of fading in Central France through lack of power, will he look into it?

Mr. Cooper


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