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Cable Television and the Future of Broadcasting by Ralph Negrine

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Chapter FourCable Television in Great Britain

Ralph Negrine

Introduction

The (wireless exchanges) system contains within it forces which, if uncontrolled will be disruptive of the spirit and intention of the BBC's Charter. The persons in charge of Wireless Exchanges have power to alter entirely the general spirit of the BBC's programme policy ... The BBC has always regarded entertainment as an important part of its work, but has declined to devote its programmes entirely to amusement. This policy has been upheld by public opinion, and has already resulted in an acknowledged improvement in public taste.1

The history of cable television in Britain is rarely discussed within the context of the historical development of British broadcasting.2

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