G Wilfrid Rooke Ley
DEAR L1STLNI E,
most important event in the broadcasting news of the moment is undoubtedly tile general meeting of the Inierilational Broadcasting Union, which will be held from Julie 18 to 26 at Warsaw. The delegates will be the guests of the Poliell government. It will be positively ceelimenlcal! Thirty countries will be u represented. I wrote In yo very fully some weeks age about he
t work of the union, and of its
signitleanee in the changing eintlis of brnedcasting. It is something: to keep s•our eyes on, beeetnie the tread is all towards inereeeing international communication, and as the possib lilies of that are more and more realitterl .and put into effete, so the responsibilities of the union \Oil increase.
Vol.! W111 remember that the uninii twine into being in Nee. Its first .president was, and still is, Vire-Admiral Sfr Charles Carperidale, Controller of At present the laws of International
broad east I ng are unwritten laws. Before long that " impalpable settee of colleagueship"which is their onlsebasis may be found to be Insufficient. There will have to be a code drawn up by the various governments of the world. The union may well draw Its own code Of Anneal rides, and !nay form itself into It ourt to administer them. indeed, it win soon 'awe. to. But sootier or later there twit have to be the sanction of international law-.
We have to hear ill mind that every technical advance
.11 broadcasting serves to widen the listening area. rNenerltily1 , A ell::iicratepise;nosow, acesritialgirltel reias; tshi-1)4 British Empire. Thr dity may he not yet ellen, in Professor Burker's striking phrase,th m m f e world may inert for con versation in a single NVest hid all island"; but it ranuot be very far off. At the back of the Whule thing is, of hand. Adeal of de-bunking will have to be done. The broadctisting of single ects, which is all we get at present. Is not enough. And it is confined to a couple of months of the year Sitting in 011e'S E00111 to listen to opera., moreover, should be a winter rather thou a summer entertainment. 'l' will have to broadcast its o‘I‘eli
and if the unisie department ant not take it in hand the variety department
will have to tackle it. The variety aepartinent is quite capable. Opera needs to be adtireed for the microphone like any other term of tintotti; a is quite easily adapted; and if adaptation involves a nerrator and a speaking cast—well, that must lie done. A radio version may differ fffill r a stage vereion, but, it is not—pace Sir Thomas Iieeehani—vandalisiie l be courageous. All Sel'iliSr B13.i: ible1s. must Pt will be behind it.
The word Foon like fhe word CAFE seems to be dotted all over Ihe prograinmeS. Seasonal again, I suppose. Professor Mottram, an eminent dietitian cif the London University, is telling us
how to prepare good 'mean; with the minimum of labour in the kitchen. Philip Thornton has a series caned FOOD TO MUSIC. Mr Tbornton appears to be taking us on a gastronomic tour of Europe, leading us into all sorts of queer out. of the way places, where he has not only eaten queer meals hut listened to the queerest noises. The noises are reprodiwed fnr our delight; the food is tantalizingly described.
Are you interesled in the way stories
COMC to be V. l'illPft? If SO you \rill be listening rei TI I ursila■ evenings to a nvw series of talks Ily Marjorie Bowen coiled —ell to -AN AUTHOR'S EYES." Iler general Idea she puts this \yes.: "The why and the wherefore of the thing itself rnr. manY People. TheY siery-writIng helds more interest than like the story at the story, and the question authors are most rommonly asked is 'What made sou think of it?'" Thai question you will hear an The Midland studio, in pursuance of its admirable policy of supporting the REPFAITOBY MOVEMENT in the Midlands, has celeste.' for the secondof
its broadcasts the Malvern m
Copany in. H. C, G. Stevens's "Immortel Garden." This mell he broadcast on ;lune 2.3. Another forthcoming item in the fetidland programme is a -mosaic" of poetry and muse. eteangeel by C. Henry. Warren around the theme of midsummer in the heart. of England. Mr Werreti evil] he remembered by many lh..tetirrs fnr his charming arrount of St Bernard's Abbey, near Leicester, Willett he hroadeast some weeks ego. We learn that the fee nala to ToSCANINI for his Mini concerts is tele). A perfectly reascinable fee for the man who is the greatest figure it1
contemporary music. The B.B.1... can wolf afford nd lt a would have been blameworthy not to have engaged hint for the London festival.
At the "jubilee broadcast" of "THE GEISHA" on June IR and 2.0 Miss Marie Tempest will speak a preface end tell 115 all about the original production in 1896, when she played the From °Maier next 11E1,161011s SEI1VICES from churches of different denominations will he broadcast on Sunday mornings at 9.30 as well as on Sunday evenings.