Television Hours

  • Bernard Sendall


A note by Fraser on 16 March 1955 was cosily entitled ‘Hours: A Problem out of the Way’ and then paradoxically went on to describe the agreement that had been reached and why it did no more than provide a temporary solution which by no means disposed of the problem of hours of television. On Mondays to Fridays there was to be a maximum of 35 hours actual broadcasting, transmittable between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., with a maximum of 8 hours in any one day. There was to be a closed period between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. (the ‘toddlers truce’ to get the children off to bed). On Saturdays and Sundays there was to be a maximum of 15 hours for the two days, with a maximum 8 hours on Saturday and 7¾ hours on Sunday. Television on Sunday was permissible between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., subject to a closed period from 6.15 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. (the ‘God-slot’ to protect evensong) and change of programme at 7.45 p.m. Any broadcasting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. was to be designed for adults so that children would not be tempted to stay away from Sunday School. Religious services or analogous religious programmes and live outside broadcasts of special importance and public interest were, it was agreed, exempt from these rules.


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Notes and References

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    ITA Paper 33(55).Google Scholar

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© Independent Broadcasting Authority and Independent Television Companies Association 1982

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