§ Sir R. Russell
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement about the Leeward Islands Television Service recently opened in Antigua by a private company; what proportions of the programmes are from British and United States sources; from what sources the news bulletins are obtained; and when the service is to be extended to Montserrat and St. Kitts.
§ Mr. Greenwood
The Leeward Islands Television Service is operated in Antigua by a private company with shares held by the Government of Antigua, the Bermuda Broadcasting Company, Rediffusion, the Columbia Broadcasting System and local interests. It was opened on 17th June, 1965. On an average, pending the development of local programmes, one hour a day of programmes comes from British and two hours a day from American sources. News bulletins are obtained from the B.B.C. and local sources. The service will be extended to Montserrat when the necessary equipment has been installed but will not be extended to St. Kitts.