Oral Answers to Questions — Television – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1949.
asked the Postmaster-General what effect the increased output and range of the television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield will have on the location of other stations and the expansion programme of television broadcasts.
None, Sir. The power of the B.B.C.'s television transmitter at Sutton Coldfield has not been increased and it is expected to meet the requirements for which it was designed as part of the expansion programme.
How can the hon. Gentleman make that statement when the transmitter is known to be giving clear pictures 50 miles beyond what was estimated? Surely, if this is the case it must make a difference to future expansion, and would he tell us something more about it?
The hon. and gallant Member may be aware of the fact that the transmissions from Alexandra Palace have been received in South Africa, but we should not say that South Africa can receive British television programmes.
Will the Minister consider stepping up the power of this transmitter so that Manchester and district may benefit immediately?
No, Sir. I do not think it is only the power of the transmitter which affects the radius within which signals can be received.