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Friday, 29 April 1932


Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) . - A good deal of the discussion on this particular matter has been based on theoretical assumption. It is suggested that, if the general manager were appointed by the Government of the day, the commission would be deprived of power ; that it would not be able to function, and that the control of broadcasting would be lacking in business principles. But, when the British Broadcasting Corporation was brought into being, the British Parliament deliberately adopted the principle I am now recommending, by appointing, not only a board of governors to lay down a general policy, but also the director-general, and naming him in the bill. That system has now been in force in England for seven years, with the result that the British broadcasting system is one of the best in the world. Yet we are assured to-day that the same method of appointment would result in general chaos and disturbance.







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