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Reflections on the Past, Questions of the Future--Public Service Broadcasting: A Case Study of The Bahamas Broadcasting System,
Unformatted Document Text:  16 increasing the staff and moving them to the new location of the transmitter. The estimated cost for these improvements far exceeded those proposed in the 1951 budget. The new improvements would cost the station £18,413. This cost was more than the station could afford and the move was delayed until 1959. 39 Also in the 1950s, there was a movement afoot to separate ZNS from telecommunication operations. By the mid-1950s many citizens felt that ZNS had matured enough to be operated as a separate entity. In 1955, the governor, the Earl of Ranfurly, asked the House of Assembly to establish a broadcasting commission that would separate ZNS from the Telecommunications Department—the Telegraph Department became the Telecommunications Department in 1940. The proposed five-member board would be responsible for all electronic broadcast transmission in the colony. After discussions in the House of Assembly and some changes to the proposal, the House accepted the governor’s proposal for the separation of the two departments in December 1955. The only major change proposed by the House was to require that three, rather than two, members of the proposed broadcasting commission be appointed by the House. The final form of the bill, however, reverted to the original proposal of two members of the new commission being appointed by the House of Assembly. The Bill was approved and went into effect January 1, 1957. With subsequent modifications, this act continues as the basic broadcasting law of The Bahamas. 40 The relationship with the Telecommunications Department ended on January 1, 1957, when the act was amended, making it The Bahamas Broadcasting and Television Commission. The separation of ZNS from the Telecommunications Department also resulted in another relocation. In 1959 ZNS relocated to its present site, on top of the hill at 3rd Terrace East, Centreville, Nassau. The present broadcasting act, which made it the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas (BCB), was established in 1972. The following year the country celebrated its

Authors: Storr, Juliette.
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increasing the staff and moving them to the new location of the transmitter. The estimated cost
for these improvements far exceeded those proposed in the 1951 budget. The new improvements
would cost the station £18,413. This cost was more than the station could afford and the move
was delayed until 1959.
39
Also in the 1950s, there was a movement afoot to separate ZNS from telecommunication
operations. By the mid-1950s many citizens felt that ZNS had matured enough to be operated as
a separate entity. In 1955, the governor, the Earl of Ranfurly, asked the House of Assembly to
establish a broadcasting commission that would separate ZNS from the Telecommunications
Department—the Telegraph Department became the Telecommunications Department in 1940.
The proposed five-member board would be responsible for all electronic broadcast transmission
in the colony. After discussions in the House of Assembly and some changes to the proposal, the
House accepted the governor’s proposal for the separation of the two departments in December
1955. The only major change proposed by the House was to require that three, rather than two,
members of the proposed broadcasting commission be appointed by the House. The final form of
the bill, however, reverted to the original proposal of two members of the new commission being
appointed by the House of Assembly. The Bill was approved and went into effect January 1,
1957. With subsequent modifications, this act continues as the basic broadcasting law of The
Bahamas.
40
The relationship with the Telecommunications Department ended on January 1, 1957,
when the act was amended, making it The Bahamas Broadcasting and Television Commission.
The separation of ZNS from the Telecommunications Department also resulted in another
relocation. In 1959 ZNS relocated to its present site, on top of the hill at 3rd Terrace East,
Centreville, Nassau. The present broadcasting act, which made it the Broadcasting Corporation
of The Bahamas (BCB), was established in 1972. The following year the country celebrated its


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