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to the regulations and be subject to the authority of the Radiotelegraph Act. We are also of the opinion that the radio branch of the marine department should continue to carry on the service to broadcast listeners, which includes the suppression of inductive interference."
Certain of the technical duties now carried out by the department in regard to the radiotelegraph and radiotelephone stations in the dominion appear to be duplicated by the commission in the case of broadcasting stations and the preponderance of evidence presented before your committee was strongly in favour of the handling of all this work by the department.
6. We regard it as a fundamental requirement that complete cooperation be established and maintained at all times between the minister and the corporation, and that the minister before taking any action towards the authorizing of any new private stations, changing the power of such stations, assigning wavelengths and other correlated questions, shall first consult with and obtain the recommendation of the corporation to the end that if and when it is decided to extend the national system, the location and organization of private stations will be such as to permit of the efficient absorption of any or all of them into the national system.
7. We reaffirm the principle of complete nationalization of radio broadcasting in Canada. Rending the accomplishment of this, radio listeners will continue to be dependent on private stations for much of their entertainment, and your committee is of the opinion that the fullest cooperation should be maintained between the corporation and the private stations.
8. We desire to reaffirm the principle set out in the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Act of 1932 that in detennining the compensation to be paid for the taking over of any private stations, no allowance shall be made for the value of the licence terminated by the taking over of such station, and that no person shall be deemed to have any proprietary right in any channel allotted, and that no person shall be entitled to any compensation by reason of the cancellation of the allotment of a channel or change in a channel.
9. Your committee recommends that the corporation immediately consider ways and means of extending national coverage, either by linking additional existing private stations to the corporation's network or by the establishment of new stations.
10. In order to provide for the establishment of new stations from time to time to give further coverage, it is recommended that the corporation be authorized to borrow from the government sums not exceeding a total of $500,000 under such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the governor in council.
The interest and amortization charges on such loans as may be granted shall be a first charge on the revenue of the corporation.
11. Your committee recommends that power be given to the minister of marine to control the use of electrical apparatus, machinery, or any device which cause local interference with radio reception.
12. Your committee finds that during the last election there was serious abuse of broadcasting for political purposes and that lack of a proper control by the commission was apparent. The most glaring instance brought before the committee relates to the "Mr. Sage" broadcasts, in which offensive personal references were frequent and to which no proper or adequate
political sponsorship was given. Some of these offensive broadcasts originated in the Toronto studios of the radio commission.
We also find that credit was issued to political parties in direct violation of the rules of the commission, which rules prescribe that all political broadcasts must be paid for in advance. Generally speaking from the evidence presented before your committee we are forced to the conclusion that there was a loose administration of commission affairs.
Your committee recommends that the following points be incorporated in the new legislation:
(i) That dramatized political broadcasts be prohibited.
(ii) That full sponsorship of all political broadcasts be required.
(iii) That the limitation and distribution of time for political broadcasts be under the complete control of the corporation, whose duty it shall be to assign time on an equitable basis between all parties and rival candidates.
(iv) That no political broadcasts be allowed on an election day or during two days immediately preceding same.
13. Your committee recommends that, as soon as it becomes possibles, to review, readjust or amend the contracts for wire line networks, consideration be given to the inclusion in such networks of the telephone line systems, particularly those owned by provincial governments of the prairie provinces.
14. Your committee recommends that, in the matter of news broadcasts, the closest possible cooperation should maintain between the broadcasting corporation and the Canadian press.
15. Your committee recommends that legislation be introduced in parliament at this session to give effect to these recommendations.
A copy of the minutes of proceedings and minutes of evidence adduced before your committee, together with exhibits and papers relative thereto, are herewith submitted with the report, for the information of the house.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Appendix to Report
Synopsis of Powers of the British Broadcasting Corporation
(As set out in paragraph 3 of their charter of incorporation)
(a) To carry on broadcasting service.
(b) To acquire any undertaking, stations, plant, etc., for carrying on the corporation's work.
(c) To establish and maintain stations.
(d) To publish papers, books, magazines, etc.
(e) To collect news.
(f) To acquire copyrights in literary, musical and artistic works, gramophone records, etc.
(g) To purchase and acquire patent rights.
(h) To enter into arrangements with the government or other authorities subject to certain limitations.
(i) To establish and support pension schemes for employees.
(j) To purchase and lease real and personal property.
(k) To invest corporation money not immediately required.
(l) To borrow money.
(m) To sell or lease property.
(n) To do such other things as may be conducive to the objects of the corporation.
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