Cabinet of 1955 feared storm over Sunday TV (UK)

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The thorny issue of whether to allow television programmes on Sunday afternoons was debated at the highest level of Government more than 50 years ago, documents show today.

The Cabinet acknowledged in 1955 that there was a growing demand from adults to watch the new technology, but was worried about a religious outcry.

The issue was raised at the Cabinet discussion of Feb 17 by the Postmaster General, who said: "Can we have television between 3-4pm on Sundays, despite objection likely to be raised by Sunday schools, etc? Adults like it. [There is] no ban on sound broadcasting [ie radio] in those hours. And corporations will put on programmes unpopular with children."

Harry Crookshank, the Lord Privy Seal, said it, "would cause trouble".

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