TELEVISIONS FIRST POST WAR TUSLE WITH THE THEATRE -
Benson and her girls band - now playing at the nearby Wood Green Empire
- were due to appear. But at the last moment the Stoll Theatre management
objected; forbade Ivy Benson to appear. She was under contract and was
obliged to cancel her television appearance.
The controversy still rages; some say that television helps the theatre; others that television should make it's own stars.
(Daily Mail - date unknown)
BEGINS A BATTLE AGAINST BBC
Miss Ivy Benson and her orchestra of 18 girls waited today on the stage of the Wood Green Empire to know whether or not they will be allowed to televise tomorrow.This is the opening round in the coming big battle between the theatres and the BBC over artists who want to both appear on the stage and at Alexandra Palace.
The Stol Theatres Corporation, with whom Miss Benson is under contract, oppose television broadcasts and take their stand on her obligation not to make another "personal appearance" apart from their bookings.The BBC preserved today it's non-committal attitude on the question. "We do not know yet whether the band will be seen and heard tomorrow or not" I was told. "We hope the difficulty will be cleared up". Miss Benson's band was booked to make two television appearances - at 3pm and 8.30.
£1,000 at stake
Benson told me "I am still hoping the Stol Theatres will let me
do it. I have booked the Wood Green stage today for a rehersal and spent
£1,000 on 20 new costumes for television."I
have my television contract and I am only playing dance music - not
staging an act. I don't see that there is any difference from giving
an ordinary broadcast, to which the theatre would never object. But
if they insist I shall not go against their wishes, though I shall be
Televise or not:
Urgent conferences of BBC administrative chiefs, including copyright experts, were held today to discuss the new threats to television plans.The decision of the Amateur Athletic Association to ban the televising of two White City meetings on July 19 and August Bank Holiday took the BBC by surprise.
Now other organisations who are sympathetic to television are inclined to hold their hand. Alternative emergency programmes are being prepared at Alexandra Palace.It is obvious that the legal position must be clarified with the minimum of delay if television - which got away to a flying start on Victory Day - is to run smoothly.
The plan at the moment is to broadcast as many outdoor events as possible, but the sudden withdrawl of Ivy Benson and her band from programmes has brought matters to a head.Sports Promoters want to know the position with regard to the reproducing televised items on cinema screens.
if the popular events should be banned the television outside broadcast
department will still concentrate on the open air."We
have the whole of London at our disposal" I was told at Alexandra
Palace today " and there are hundreds of interesting and exciting
stories going on in the streets and parks every day".
Star - date unknown)
IVY BENSON: "I cannot go on with television"
Ivy Benson, the dance band leader and her four blonde and ten brunette
musicians, will not be televising tomorrow from Alexandra Palace. She
was rehearsing her band at Wood Green Empire today when she recieved
a message from the Stoll management with whom she is under contract.
have spent £1,000 on special equipment and frocks; the television
fee is the usual £2.10s for each musician and £5 for the
leader. My contract with Stoll is worth much more than that".
I am not against television except when it interfers with the carrying on of my own business. In time, television will produce it's own stars in the same way as radio has done. I do not see why, in the initial stages, they should try to rob music hall stages of their stars".
The Variety Artists Federation held a meeting today at their offices in Charing Cross Road to discuss the position and how it affects the future appearance of their artists before the BBC television cameras.
(Evening Standard - unknown date)