HC Deb 14 December 1949 vol 470 cc2654-5
43. Air-Commodore Harvey

asked the Postmaster-General what effect the increased output and range of the television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield will have on the location of other stations and the expansion programme of television broadcasts.

Mr. Hobson

None, Sir. The power of the B.B.C.'s television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield has not been increased and it is expected to meet the requirements for which it was designed as part of the expansion programme.

Air-Commodore Harvey

How can the hon. Gentleman make that statement when the transmitter is known to be giving clear pictures 50 miles beyond what was estimated? Surely, if this is the case it must make a difference to future expansion, and would he tell us something more about it?

Mr. Hobson

The hon. and gallant Member may be aware of the fact that the transmissions from Alexandra Palace have been received in South Africa, but we should not say that South Africa can receive British television programmes.

Mr. Enroll

Will the Minister consider stepping up the power of this transmitter so that Manchester and district may benefit immediately?

Mr. Hobson

No, Sir. I do not think it is only the power of the transmitter which affects the radius within which signals can be received.