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Radio and TV

(intermediate level)


(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • BBC is an abbreviation for 'British Broadcasting Company'.
  • ITV means 'Independent Television'.



  • BBC means 'British Broadcasting Corporation'.
  • Not every television station in Britain depends on advertising.



  • There are adverts in every fifteen minutes on ITV.
  • ITV is newer than BBC 1 but older than BBC 2.



  • There are mostly commercial programmes on BBC 1.
  • BBC 2 offers quality programmes in addition to satisfying general interests.



  • There are mostly commercial programmes and advertising on ITV.
  • BBC 1 is for the widest public with both popular and quality programmes.



  • TVAM is quite a popular morning television station in England.
  • The different regions of ITV are run by different companies.



  • ITV regional programmes never differ from one another.
  • British people don't have to buy a licence if they have a TV set.



  • BBC doesn't broadcast morning television programmes.
  • Rental TV services are popular with a lot of people in Britain.



  • A rental TV service means that you only rent a TV set from a shop.
  • Some say the TV is a one-eyed monster with several buttons and switches.



  • The TV is called 'telly' only in American English.
  • TV channels can't be called stations in British English.



  • There are no quiz programmes on BBC 1 - this channel is very serious.
  • There are no newsreels on ITV - they prefer broadcasting commercials.



  • A loudspeaker can be a part of a radio or TV set which provides the sound.
  • A radio repairman is somebody who fixes both radio and TV sets.



  • The radio used to be called 'wireless'.
  • You never need to adjust a TV set if you have a proper aerial (antenna).



  • If your TV gives a blurred picture it's no use adjusting the aerial.
  • The BBC has four national radio stations.



  • You must have a licence for a radio in Britain, but not for a second set.
  • BBC Radio 1 and 2 work 20 hours a day.



  • BBC Radio 1 and 2 have a lot of programmes with light music and sports.
  • They both work round the clock (24 hours a day).



  • BBC Radio 3 is less serious than Radio 1 or Radio 2.
  • They broadcast a lot of classical music and various cultural programmes on R.3.



  • BBC Radio 3 provides the main news service in Britain.
  • There are different arts and science talks on Radio 3.



  • BBC Radio 4 broadcasts mostly news and a mixture of general interest programmes.
  • Radio 1 never broadcasts news bulletins, neither does Radio 3.



  • You switch on a TV or radio set with the band selector.
  • Stations can be tuned in with the volume control switch.



  • The dial indicator shows the wave-length to which your radio is tuned.
  • You select the wave-length with the help of the band selector.



  • The sound on your radio can be turned up or down with the volume control.
  • The tone control selects high or low tones or tones in between.



  • The dial indicator on your radio will not move unless you turn the tuner.
  • Radio fans always have outdoor aerials.



  • Somebody who always listens to the radio can be referred to as a radio fan.
  • You turn on a radio, TV or tape-recorder with the 'on/off' switch.



  • You shouldn't press the 'record' button unless you want to record something.
  • A video-recorder is usually much simpler than a tape-recorder.



  • You control how fast the tape is reeled with the help of the tape counter.
  • Most video-recorders rewind the tape at the end of the cassette.



  • Modern tape recorders have an automatic level control for recording.
  • A colour TV set will never give a blurred picture.



  • You don't usually get better reception even with a good outdoor aerial.
  • You'd better get a mechanic when your TV is giving a blurred picture.



  • Some TV sets and video-recorders can be operated with a remote control switch.
  • The picture of a video-recorder comes upon a TV screen or monitor.



  • An announcer is the part of a TV or radio set where the sound comes from.
  • A person who comments on radio or TV news is called a commentator.



  • An announcer is a person who announces TV and radio programmes.
  • An interviewer is a newspaper reporter working for the radio or TV.



  • An interviewer makes live or recorded radio or television interviews.
  • You should use headphones if you want to disturb other people with your radio.



  • Quiz programmes on the radio can also be called 'radio plays'.
  • A programme guide gives you information about the day's broadcasts.



  • A viewer is a critic who writes reviews for the radio and TV.
  • Different radio stations use different interval signals.



  • TV is watched by viewers, the radio is listened to by listeners.
  • You can never see live programmes on television.


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