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Tuesday, 30 July 1946

There are three transmissions directed to the Australian, British and Allied Forces in Japan, the Pacific and Asia and they fall into the following categories: -

Morning transmission (F.l), 7.15 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.

Mid-day transmission (F.2), 12 noon - 2.00 p.m.

Evening transmission (F.3), G.30 p.m. - 11.00 p.m.

The news services, which are given at 7.45 a.m., 12 noon, 1.00 p.m., 7.00 p.m. and 10.30 p.m., are relayed by the Australian Army Amenities broadcasting network from stations 9AL Rabaul, 9AO Morotai and WVTV Kure, Japan. These programmes are beamed on our most powerful transmitter (VLA 100 kilowatts) for morning and evening sessions, whilst the midday forces transmission is carried by. three transmitters VLA (100 kilowatts), VLC (50 kilowatts) and VLG (10 kilowatts).

Entertainment Broadcasts. - Programmes contain a wide choice of entertainment material, a proportion of variety, dunce music, classical programmes, talks features, sporting, news, &c. We broadcast regular British Broadcasting Corporation features emphasizing the British Commonwealth way of life and several of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's national features such as "Happy Go Lucky", "A.B.C. Hit Parade",. "Spotlight", &c. A popular .feature is the Shirley Deane Forces Request session nightly, which is a programme presented as a result of the mailed requests from troop audiences in the East and which has been a splendid morale builder in isolated areas, for during this session we have been able to work in sidelights on topical matters of interest from their home States. The Austraiian Army Amenities Broadcasting network picks up and re-broadcasts a number of these Radio Australia features.

Sporting Service and Topical Features. - A comprehensive sporting service has been evolved, and on Saturdays Radio Australia is able to present a complete cover of the Sydney and Melbourne race descriptions plus Melbourne football and Sydney Rugby, results of races and football scores from Brisbane and Adelaide. The three England versus Australia Rugby test matches were recently transmitted to the forces as well as to the British Broadcasting Corporation, London. Special sporting talks are also given and the acceptances are read at dictation speed for Melbourne and Sydney race meetings each Thursday night at 10 minutes past 7. Additional sporting features, are a r6sum6 of important boxing fixtures, Head of the River races, and so on. Outside broadcasts are always included when possible if, sufficiently interesting to merit inclusion in troops' programmes. These include the arrival of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Anzac Day marches, Victory Day actualities, atomic bomb rebroadcast, Commonwealth Parliament question time, &c.

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