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History: Vintage Technology snippets in the South Wales area of the UK 1962
Various bits of information about radio, TV, home electrical goods and events and companies in the South Wales area.   If you have any personal memories of these events or establishments - please let me know.
Everybody Out (13 January 1962)
When Miriam Karlin, star of the BBC's "Rag Trade" show, opened the latest branch of Barretts at 9 Market Street, Pontypridd, one thousand shop stewards' whistles each engraved with Miss Karlin's name were presented to members of the public visiting the shop.
Barretts featured the opening arrangements in a half-page advertisement in the South Wales Echo.

Pilkington Report from the Committee on Broadcasting (27 June 1962)
It is recommended that a local sound broadcasting service should be introduced by the B.B.C. and that the licence fee should be increased to cover the increased cost of the B.B.C.  services, the cost suggested being 6, which might be exclusive of the tax (at present 1).  Relay services should be obliged to relay all national sound radio services, including the Third Programme, before they could relay a foreign one, such as Radio Luxembourg.
Something should be done, it is suggested, to provide a separate Welsh TV programme, and the proposal is made that the uncommitted channels on Band III would enable this to be done almost at once.  Otherwise it would have to wait some years until a 625-line service on U.H.F. was available.  It was easier technically to provide specifically Scottish programmes within the limits of a single programme than it is to provide specifically Welsh programmes.

Murphy Factory to Close in South Wales (July 1962)
At the end of this year Murphy Radio Ltd. are closing their factory at Hirwaun, the industrial estate at Aberdare, Glamorgan, where 600 people are employed.  A statement from the company said "There are now more production facilities than can be used at the present time and it is essential to achieve economies."  The factory, which once employed 1,000, was set up 15 years ago when new industrial firms were being introduced into South Wales.

Commons Questions (July 1962)
Mr. Ness Edwards asked the Postmaster General if he will estimate the cost of adapting television receivers now geared to Band I transmission to reception of Band III transmissions including the cost of new aerials.
Mr. Bevins:  Most viewers have sets and aerials able to receive programmes on Band I and Band III.  This is especially so in areas such as South Wales and West of England which have had B.B.C and I.T.A television for a number of years.  When the new Welsh service begins, many people will need a new coil unit which, with the cost of installation, could perhaps cost up to 2.  Many people may also need a new Band III aerial: this might cost about 7.
Mr. Ness Edwards asked the Postmaster General which television channel is to be made available in Band III for the separation of the West of England from Wales and if he has considered the relative advantage of keeping Wales on the present Band I channel, and using the Band III channel for the West of England.
Mr. Bevins:  The Band III channel to be used is at present under consideration.  To use a Band III channel for the West of England instead of for Wales would mean that many people in the West of England would need new aerials, while some would lose service altogether.  I think the balance of advantage lies in using a Band III channel for Wales.

Hoover's five millionth Washing Machine (August 1962)
The 5,000,000th Hoover washing machine is shown coming off the line at Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, and being appropriately marked by S. Williams. a superintendent inspector.  Behind him are seen standing from left to right:- Councillor Mrs Gwyneth Williams, Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil, Lord Brecon, Minister of State for Welsh Affairs and Arthur F. Earle, deputy chairman, Hoover Ltd.


Commons Questions (August 1962)
Mr. Ness Edwards asked the Postmaster General, in view of his decision to use Band III for the All-Wales television service, if he will require the B.B.C. to retain the technical form of the present Wenvoe Band I transmission so that the non-Welsh-speaking population of South Wales will continue to receive the United Kingdom network without alteration to the receiving sets.
Mr. Bevins: No change will be made to the technical form of the B.B.C.'s Band I transmissions from Wenvoe.