HC Deb 11 December 1946 vol 431 cc234-5W
94. Mr. Skeffington

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies for what reasons the Government of Aden declined to take over the broadcasting station at the end of the war; and what provision is made for broadcasting in Aden.

Mr. Creech Jones

The broadcasting service of approximately two hours daily operated during the war on behalf of the Ministry of Information was discontinued in September, 1945. In view of the good reception of programmes from the B.B.C. services in Arabic, the relatively high cost of the service and the limited artistic resources available, the Government of Aden did not consider it advisable to undertake a local broadcasting service. There is, therefore, at present no local broadcasting in Aden, but the equipment is still available and the matter is being kept under review.

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