Brenda Maddox

Coming of Age in White City

Uncertain Vision: Brit, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC


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In my 1926 the new British Broadcasting Company was faced with reporting the news of the General Strike. Which side was the BBC on? The Director-General, John Reith, &d not hesitate. The BBC was a national institution, he said. The government was acting for the people. The BBC, therefore, was ‘for the government in this crisis’.

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