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Radio BBC radio programme breakdown 1934-1938
percentage of total broadcast time, one week in October

Total hours broadcast
1934:
   National Programme: 92 hours 35 minutes
   Regional Programme: 92 hours 50 minutes
1936:
   National Programme: 94 hours 45 minutes
   Regional Programme: 92 hours 34 minutes
1938:
   National Programme: 96 hours 15 minutes
   Regional Programme: 91 hours 50 minutes

  1934 1936 1938
  National
Programme
Regional
Programme
National
Programme
Regional
Programme
National
Programme
Regional
Programme
  % % % % % %
classical music 17.46 14.81 19.96 15.03 17.83 16.84
light music 29.08 43.02 21.90 38.81 23.02 31.84
dance music 8.55 9.97 8.88 8.00 4.59 9.24
gramophone records 7.92 10.87 10.73 9.18 6.93 11.71
drama 2.79 0.90 1.32 1.62 3.03 1.65
features 0.54 2.15 1.30 2.11
light entertainment 2.16 0.81 3.96 2.97 6.84 6.76
children's hour 4.85 4.86 6.58
spoken word 18.45 9.33 16.45 13.13 19.23 9.15
outside broadcasts 0.27 0.54 1.85 1.53 2.68 0.37
religion 5.76 2.75 6.24 3.33 4.76 3.75
schools broadcasts 7.02 8.71 9.70
miscellaneous, interludes, 'fill-ups'. etc 0.54 0.09
total 100 100 100 100 100 100

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

Similar data for 1927-1930 is here


Radio statistics index

Page updated 5 October 2008