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Monday, 20 November 2006


Piped music - safe for a while longer

Right: a different sort of piped music (card available from

The Piped Music and Showing of Television Programmes Bill, which was introduced as a Private Members' Bill in the House of Lords in May 2006 (see earlier IPKat posting here), has been dropped by the UK Parliament. This means that the playing of piped background music and the showing of television programmes in public areas of hospitals and on public transport is not in immediate danger of being banned. Nor are people going to have to don headphones if they want to listen to music in such areas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a real shame! As a recent inhabitant of a hospital ward cursed by the thoughtfulness and selfishness of other patients playing music or TV at all hours, I can honestly say that I felt like shooting someone after a few days.

Sadly, people no longer seem to be able to consider the needs of others, and in the absence of this firm regulations are needed.

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