Committee of Enquiry: 1960

  • Bernard Sendall


The 1954 Television Act had given the ITA a life of ten years. During the first five years, both it and the companies had been busy getting the system on to a practical working basis. There had been the planning and building of new stations and the recruitment of additional contractors. There had been the near debacle of the spring and summer of 1956, to say nothing of the following swift leap into exceptionally high profits with all the repercussions, both official and unofficial, to which those gave rise. Little time had been found for longer-term thinking about what was to happen when the ten years came to an end. Yet in the 1953 White Paper and during the Parliamentary debates on the 1954 Bill, it had been emphasised more than once by Government spokesmen that the plan for Independent Television was an experimental one, implying thereby that there might well be found need to modify it in the light of experience.1


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    ‘Its methods of working, contracting for programmes and regulating advertisements would be open to revision at any time and certainly to review (own italics) before 1962 …’ White Paper November 1953 (HMSO) (Cmnd.9005).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    H of L 12 July 1954 Cols 671–84.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    SCC Minutes 32(58).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    ITA Paper 99(59).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    SCC Minutes 51(60).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Reginald Bevins was at the time Member for the Liverpool Toxteth Division. He came himself from a Liverpool working class background and had been for twelve years an active member of the local Labour Party.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Fawley Foundation Lecture, Southampton University, 6 November 1958.Google Scholar

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