HC Deb 10 April 1952 vol 498 c278W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General what additions or subtractions have been made to the transmitting resources of the external services of the British Broadcasting Corporation since 1947 in the United Kingdom and overseas, respectively; and at what cost in each case.

Mr. Gammans

There has been no change in transmitting resources in the United Kingdom apart from minor adjustments to some of the stations. At Singapore the B.B.C. operated a low power station from August, 1948, to May, 1951, and on the latter date a high power station was brought into service at Tebrau in the Federation of Malaya. The revenue expenditure on these services up to the end of March, 1952, has been £170,000. The capital cost of setting up the station at Tebrau was £600,000.

From April, 1949, to May, 1951, the B.B.C. rented the use of the station Radio Ceylon at a cost of £78,000; the arrangement ceased when the high power transmitters at Tebrau came into operation. From January, 1947, to March, 1950, the B.B.C. rented the use of a transmitter at Norden in Germany at a cost of £190,000. Since March, 1949, a transmitter at Dobl has been rented from the Austrian administration. The cost up to the end of March, 1952, has been £70,000.