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RTE bid to halt piped TV.

Byline: ANDREW BUSHE

RTE tried to block Government clearance for piped TV systems relaying BBC and ITV, the secret papers reveal.

RTE claimed a monopoly in the development of any piped TV services and wanted a royalty paid, based on a charge per TV set connected to multi-channel aerials.

In 1970, the government was planning to relax 1961 rules that anyone wanting to provide piped TV involving the relay of "external services" was limited to 10 houses or a block of flats.

A memorandum to Government says RTE wanted multi-channel systems to be licensed "only in those parts of the State where external programmes are already receivable".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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