Exeter Radio Exchange, which later became Rediffusion Company

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It was a pioneering cable radio service formed by a Mr FD Newcombe. No outdoor ariel was required, it worked on the principle of a speaker extension cable. The signal would be boosted by a relay station. This would later be applied to television broadcasting and the system was later abandoned, possibly around the 1980's, before modern cable television evolved.

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Exeter. It enabled ordinary people without or without the need for mains supply or battery charging.

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A weeky rental fee was paid for people to use it. The users were paid (one shilling per year - approx 5p) for use if a cable ran across the front of their house.

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I am adding this on behalf Derek Mardles, whose great-grandmother had the system and was one of the first people to have a switch, on the wall, which would let her choose between the home service (now Radio 4) and the light programme (Radio 2).


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