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Radio BBC radio programme breakdown 1927-1930
percentage of total broadcast time, one week in October



Total hours broadcast
1927: 77 hours 35 minutes
1928: 80 hours 00 minutes
1929: 78 hours 55 minutes
1930:
   National Programme: 78 hours
   Regional Programme: 68 hours

  1927 1928 1929 1930
        National
Programme
Regional
Programme
  % % % % %
classical music 15.79 19.40 19.32 14.69 20.01
   opera (whole or part, not excerpts) 6.22
   orchestral (with soloists) 10.10 5.63 7.38 7.45 6.59
   chamber music 0.64 3.13 3.27 1.83
   instrumental recitals 4.73 5.94 4.12 2.98 5.37
   song recitals 0.32 1.15 0.95 3.30
   cantatas, oratorios, church music
light music 29.45 21.87 23.87 20.83 35.84
   orchestra, band, small combination (with soloists) 21.28 7.60 11.30 7.02 18.49
   operetta, comic opera, musical comedy 1.83 1.59 1.22
   ballad or chorus song recitals 4.58 0.85 0.64 2.20
   café, restaurant, or cinema organ 6.34 9.69 11.72 11.58 13.93
dance music 16.43 11.56 9.92 11.48 19.76
gramophone records 1.29 7.50 6.96 2.55 0.73
drama 0.63 2.53 1.49 3.05
features 1.04 1.27
Light entertainment 5.26 4.69 3.38 6.06 1.83
   music hall, vaudeville, cabaret 3.97 3.44 3.06 3.19
   revue 2.55 1.83
   star entertainer or celebrity 1.29 1.25 0.32 0.32
Children's Hour 5.80 5.63 5.70 6.08
spoken word 14.71 15.09 15.22 21.61 16.32
   news and weather forecasts 4.51 6.24 4.75 9.05 9.02
   ministry and society bulletins 0.75 0.52 0.85 0.64
   talks and discussions 9.13 7.92 8.87 11.17 6.83
   poetry and prose readings 0.21 0.31 0.64 0.64 0.37
   appeals 0.11 0.10 0.11 0.11 0.12
outside broadcasts 1.29 1.60 2.02
   running commentaries 1.29 1.38
   ceremonies 0.76
   speeches 0.64 0.64
religion 2.25 4.05 3.80 5.32 2.44
schools broadcasts 7.09 8.54 6.65 7.87
interludes (advertised in Radio Times) 0.64
total 100 100 100 100 100

Source: BBC, quoted in Asa Briggs: History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume II [0005b]

Similar data for 1934-1938 is here


Radio statistics index

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