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CHAR 2/183 Public and political: correspondence and other papers relating to the BBC.

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CHAR 2/183/1

Letter from 1st Lord Gainford [earlier Joseph Pease] (18 Mansfield Street, Cavendish Square, [London]) to WSC promising, as acting chairman of the BBC, to bring his request to John Whitley [to broadcast on India] before his Board.

1 folio
09 Jan 1931
CHAR 2/183/2

Letter from WSC to John Whitley [Chairman of the BBC] asking for an opportunity to broadcast on India and explaining why he thinks that the permission given to Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken] to broadcast on Empire Free Trade has set a precedent for this. Signed carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
05 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/3

Letter from H W Wilson (203 Elgin Avenue, London) to WSC explaining that the "Daily Mail" and the BBC are closely co-operating and that WSC will probably get the chance to broadcast on India if he asks Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] to lunch.

1 folio
09 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/4

Letter from [WSC] to H W Wilson (203 Elgin Avenue, London): "I have applied direct in writing to them [the BBC], and will see what the answer will be." Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
10 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/5

Letter from [WSC] to [1st Lord Gainford, earlier Joseph Pease] trusting that his request [to the BBC to broadcast on India] will not be refused. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
10 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/6

Letter from 1st Lord Gainford [earlier Joseph Pease] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC reporting that the BBC Board of Governors cannot reply to WSC's request to broadcast on India until they have consulted with the three party whips.

1 folio
11 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/7

Letter from [WSC] to 1st Lord Gainford [later Joseph Pease] asking him to put his reply to his letter [asking the BBC to allow him to broadcast on India] in a form which can be published. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
13 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/8

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (Savoy Hill, London) to WSC inviting him to broadcast a talk on his experiences in South Africa as part of a series entitled "Escape".

1 folio
13 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/9

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] stating that he does not wish to broadcast [on his escape in South Africa] but on nationally important issues or for charity.

1 folio
15 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/10

Letter from [WSC] to "Bobby" [Sir Bolton Eyres-Monsel, later Lord Monsel] hoping that he will help him in procuring a fair discussion [of his wish to broadcast about India]. Typescript copy.

1 folio
15 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/11

Letter from 1st Lord Gainford [earlier Joseph Pease] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC promising that the next letter to him [from the BBC Board of Governors] will be available for publication.

1 folio
17 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/12

Letter from G Bowey (Linden Garden Hotel, Linden Gardens, London) to WSC complaining that the Dunlop Tyre Company has been allowed to advertise its products on BBC radio broadcasts.

1 folio
20 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/13

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC explaining why the BBC Board of Governors cannot give further consideration to WSC's request to broadcast his own views on India.

1 folio
26 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/14-15

Letter from WSC (Chartwell) to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] attacking as unfair the BBC's decision not to allow him to broadcast on India. Signed typescript copy. Annotated: "not sent".

2 folios
02 Mar 1931
CHAR 2/183/16

Note: "not sent".

1 folio
[Mar] [1931]
CHAR 2/183/17-20

Copy of the correspondence between WSC and the BBC on his request to be allowed to broadcast on India. 5 sets of duplicates at CHAR 2/183/70-89.

4 folios
05 Feb 1931 - 27 Feb 1931
CHAR 2/183/21-22

Letter from Dudley Myers (Conservative and Unionist Central Office, Palace Chambers, Westminster, [London]) to Sir Alfred Knox listing the twelve recent BBC broadcasts on India and suggesting why the BBC refused to let WSC broadcast.

2 folios
16 Jun 1931
CHAR 2/183/23

Letter from John Whitley (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC thanking him [for the original of CHAR 2/183/25-26] and promising to bring the matter up at the next meeting of the Board of Governors.

1 folio
07 Jul 1931
CHAR 2/183/24

Letter from John Whitley (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC inviting him to see Sir John Reith [later Sir John Reith] and himself.

1 folio
16 Jul 1931
CHAR 2/183/25-26

Letter from [WSC] to John Whitley pointing out that the recent political broadcasts on India have all to a greater or lesser extent called for the reduction of British authority there and asking Whitley to help him get the chance to state the British side of the case. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
02 Jul 1931
CHAR 2/183/27

Letter from [WSC] to John Whitley on the convenient time for him to see Whitley [and Sir John Reith, later Lord Reith]. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
17 Jul 1931
CHAR 2/183/28

Letter from John Whitley (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC informing him that the BBC has decided that it would not be appropriate to broadcast another series of talks on India (including one by WSC) before the resumption of the Round Table Conference.

1 folio
30 Jul 1931
CHAR 2/183/29-30

Letter from [WSC] to John Whitley protesting against the BBC's decision not to allow him to broadcast on India. Carbon typescript copy.

2 folios
08 Aug 1931
CHAR 2/183/31-32

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to WSC enclosing CHAR 2/183/33-34 and inviting him to give a talk in a series conceived by H G Wells on what he would do with the world if suddenly put in charge of it.

2 folios
03 Sep 1931
CHAR 2/183/33-34

Draft [by H G Wells] describing his idea for a series of talks on the BBC on what speakers would do if they suddenly became dictators of the world. Typescript copy sent with CHAR 2/183/31-32.

2 folios
[Sep] [1931]
CHAR 2/183/35

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] declining to give a talk in a series [conceived by H G Wells] on what he would do if he was made world dictator. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
06 Sep 1931
CHAR 2/183/36

Telegram from WSC to [Sir John Reith, later Lord Reith] asking for a chance to broadcast during the election. Typescript copy.

1 folio
10 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/183/37

Letter from Ralph Glyn [later Lord Glyn] (10 Downing Street) to WSC explaining the allocation of broadcasting time to the political parties and hoping that after the election the BBC will invite WSC to broadcast on "twelve years up to now and twelve years from now.".

1 folio
13 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/183/38

Letter from [WSC] to M A Frost [Managing Director of Colonial Radio Programmes Ltd] stating that he would like to take up his offer [of a chance to broadcast from Radio Paris] after the General Election and complaining about the BBC denying him access to the public. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
26 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/183/39

Letter from M A Frost, Managing Director of Colonial Radio Programmes Ltd (19 Adam Street, Adelphi, London) to WSC regretting that after tonight it will be too late for WSC to record a speech [to be broadcast from Radio Paris].

1 folio
23 Oct 1931
CHAR 2/183/40

Note to WSC that M A Frost, Managing Director of Colonial Radio Programmes Ltd, has suggested that WSC record a speech to be broadcast from Radio Paris.

1 folio
[Oct] [1931]
CHAR 2/183/41-43

Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel A H Lane, chairman of the London Council of the National Citizens' Union (Wilton Villa, Sheffield Terrace, Campden Hill, [London]), to 6th Lord Clarendon [earlier Lord Hyde], chairman of the BBC, accusing the BBC of having come under the influence of foreigners, "Socialists, Pacifists and Internationalists". Copy.

3 folios
Mar 1929
CHAR 2/183/44

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] (BBC, Savoy Hill, London) to Lieutenant-Colonel A H Lane [chairman of the London Council of the National Citizens' Union] (Wilton Villa, Sheffield Terrace, Campden Hill, [London]) disagreeing with Lane's assertion that the BBC has come under foreign and socialist influence.

1 folio
04 Apr 1929
CHAR 2/183/45

Cutting from the "Daily Herald": report of the BBC's refusal to allow WSC to broadcast on India.

1 folio
18 Apr 1931
CHAR 2/183/46-47

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked letter from Nesta Webster complaining about political bias in the BBC on the issue of female suffrage.

2 folios
12 Mar 1925
CHAR 2/183/48,50-51

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked article citing an article in the "Listener" recommending holidays in Soviet Union as evidence of the socialist tendencies of the BBC.

3 folios
14 Aug 1930
CHAR 2/183/49

Reprint from the "Patriot": hostile potted biography of the Labour MP Edward Wise describing his links with the Soviet Union.

1 [4]p
07 Nov 1929
CHAR 2/183/52-53

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked article citing the response of the "Listener" to criticisms of talks by Professor John MacMurray as evidence that the BBC has been captured by socialists.

2 folios
04 Sep 1930
CHAR 2/183/54-56

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked article criticising the appointment of Ethel Snowden [later Lady Snowden] to the Council of the BBC because of her pacifist and pro-Soviet views.

3 folios
25 Nov 1926
CHAR 2/183/57-59

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked article criticising the appointment of Ethel Snowden [later Lady Snowden] to the Council of the BBC because of her pacifist and pro-Soviet views.

3 folios
02 Dec 1926
CHAR 2/183/60

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article criticising the reported statements of J H Thomas during a radio interview.

1 folio
27 Sep 1928
CHAR 2/183/61

Page from the "Patriot" including marked letter criticising the BBC for allowing J H Thomas to broadcast "Socialist propaganda".

1 folio
11 Oct 1928
CHAR 2/183/62

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article on alleged socialist influences on the BBC.

1 folio
24 Jan 1929
CHAR 2/183/63

Page from the "Patriot" criticising the composition of the Central Council for Broadcast Adult Education.

1 folio
21 Feb 1929
CHAR 2/183/64-65

Pages from the "Patriot" including marked articles criticising the alleged socialist influences on the BBC and its granting of air time to the Jewish writer Emil Ludwig.

2 folios
04 Apr 1929
CHAR 2/183/66

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article and cartoon criticising H G Wells for saying that "patriotism is the enemy of civilisation" during a broadcast on the BBC.

1 folio
18 Jul 1929
CHAR 2/183/67

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article claiming that the BBC under Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] has increased class hatred and criticising the Reith's assertion that broadcasting promotes friendship.

1 folio
16 Jan 1930
CHAR 2/183/68

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article criticising Harold Nicolson for playing down the extent of religious persecution in the Soviet Union in a recent broadcast.

1 folio
06 Mar 1930
CHAR 2/183/69

Page from the "Patriot" including marked article quoting a letter criticising the BBC for broadcasting "subversive" talks.

1 folio
17 Jul 1930
CHAR 2/183/70-89

5 sets of duplicates for CHAR 2/183/17-20. Carbon copies.

19 folios
05 Feb 1931 - 27 Feb 1931