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Tuesday, 18 May 1965

Senator GORTON - On 6th April Senator Buttfield asked for information about the responsibilities of universities in Japan and in the United States of America for educational television, and also whether any thought had been given to the establishment of an educational television school along the lines of the one in England under the sponsorship of the Nuffield Foundation. At the time, I was unable to provide the honorable senator with the information she was seeking, but I indicated that I would endeavour to find the answers to her questions. I have now obtained the following information -

In Japan, educational television is the responsibility of the national broadcasting company, NHK, which has carried education broadcasts since 1959 on a special educational television network. The education department of NHK arranges telecasts to schools, to pre-school and post-school students as well as to adults. Thi universities are involved in production on through the use of members of their staff al broadcasters.

In the United States, the situation varies in different communities. In some cases universities have set up their own studios and conduct courses in television production and, as well, broadcast programmes for university students and the general public. In others, the universities collaborate with other educational bodies in trie community to give financial support and provide programmes for community educational television stations. There, in addition, many universities use closed circuit television for extending their classroom work. In some communities, school administrative bodies set up educational television stations to serve their own schools, and in others voluntary community organisations and educational bodies arrange to finance the running of stations after assistance has been received from the Ford Foundation in erecting studios and transmitters.

The courses at the Centre for Educational Television Overseas school in London to which tha honorable senator referred, were arranged especially for broadcasters from the developing countries who have little or no experience in the television medium. The Australian Broadcasting Commission will open a Training School in Sydney later this year. Courses will be arranged for producers and other broadcasting personnel in all branches of television and radio broadcast* ing, including education.

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