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Thursday, 12 November 1959


Mr L R JOHNSON (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the PostmasterGeneral whether it is a fact that the three television stations in Sydney to-day start their combined hole-by-hole coverage of the commercially sponsored Ampol golf tournament. Is the Postmaster-General aware that the blanket coverage of this tournament is such that to-day viewers in Sydney have no choice of programmes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and that a similar position will obtain to-morrow and for the best part of Saturday? Does he approve of the national channel devoting itself to commercial advertising, and will he investigate complaints that the interests and tastes of the viewing public are not being adequately accommodated by this concentrated devotion to one type of sport, to the exclusion on all channels of other programmes?







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