HC Deb 07 March 1968 vol 760 cc643-4
26. Mr. Hooson

asked the Postmaster-General if he will seek powers to direct the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Television Authority in Wales to co-ordinate their programmes linguistically, so that Welsh language programmes are not appearing on both channels simultaneously and likewise that English programmes do not generally appear simultaneously on both channels.

Mr. Edward Short

No, Sir. I understand that the timing of Welsh language programmes is already co-ordinated to avoid undesirable clashes as far as possible; but that it would not be practicable to avoid the simultaneous presentation of English language programmes.

Mr. Hooson

Will the Postmaster-General bear in mind that it is extremely annoying to non-Welsh-speaking families to have both channels showing Welsh programmes simultaneously, just as it is annoying to Welsh-speaking families if English programmes are shown simultaneously? I have already given him an example of a simultaneous showing in one language.

Mr. Short

I saw the example on 14th February. I cannot pronounce the names of the two programmes, but I know them. The two broadcasting authorities have assured me that they keep in close touch about this. I think that the problem on the occasion to which I have referred was one of congestion due to a party political broadcast and to the Winter Olympics.