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    Top-level delegates from 22 Commonwealth Broadcasting companies, paid a visit to the BBC Television Centre in London on Monday (August 3).

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    Top-level delegates from 22 Commonwealth Broadcasting companies, paid a visit to the BBC Television Centre in London on Monday (August 3). The visit was part of the course in the Commonwealth Broadcasting Management Conference being held in Great Britain.

    The course lasts for six weeks, ending at the beginning of September. It is a variant of the training schemes in television and administration -- is to keep the top-level management in touch with the new developments and techniques the recently-trained people return with.

    The British Government is paying the GDP 400 Sterling inclusive fee for 16 of the 24 delegates. To do this they had to break the rule of not sponsoring courses of less than three months.

    The first two weeks of the conference are being held at the BBC Engineering Training Department in Evesham, central England. They will meet top-level controllers and editors from the BBC radio and television.

    The last four weeks are spent in Birmingham at the University's Graduate Centre for Management Studies where the emphasis will be on finance and the management side in general.

    Most of the delegates to the conference are from National Broadcasting companies but some are from commercial companies, so one of the meetings will be with Mr. A.W. Pragnell, the Deputy Director-General of Britain's Independent Television Authority.

    At the BBC Television Centre the delegates met senior BBC Television executives before touring the building and watching the news programmes in operation.

    The Centre, opened in 1960, is said to be the first building in the world to be specially built for a national television service. It includes six large production studios, two television news studies and two presentation studios, all of which transmit or record colour programmes. It produces more than 1,500 hours of television a year.

    The Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference exists to encourage help and relations between the broadcasting companies in the Commonwealth. One of the aspects it covers is the exchange of programmes between countries.

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