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CHAR 2/198 Public and political: Correspondence relating to the BBC.

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CHAR 2/198/1-2

Letter from Edward Doran, MP for Tottenham North [London] (63 Beverstone Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey) to WSC asking him to cooperate with his plan to set up a committee to monitor the BBC which he believes is showing a strong tendency towards socialist ideals and is not under any control save that of Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith].

2 folios
10 Jan 1933
CHAR 2/198/3

Letter from [WSC] to Edward Doran [MP for Tottenham North, London] approving his plan to set up a committee to monitor the BBC, which he agrees has been performing unsatisfactorily, but declining to join it himself. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
26 Jan 1933
CHAR 2/198/4

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to the secretary of the BBC stating that she has been asked by WSC to draw attention to the call by the Postmaster General [Sir Kingsley Wood] and MPs of all parties for greater freedom for broadcast political discussions, pointing out that the vote of the Central Council of the National Union of Conservative Associations shows that many oppose the Round Table Conference policy on India, and renewing WSC's request to be allowed to broadcast on India. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
01 Mar 1933
CHAR 2/198/5

Letter from Elizabeth Nash, secretary to the Director-General of the BBC [Sir John Reith, later Lord Reith] (Broadcasting House, London) to Violet Pearman stating that the BBC will broadcast three factual statements about the White Paper on India and a series of talks in the autumn giving different points of view, about which WSC will be contacted.

1 folio
04 Mar 1933
CHAR 2/198/6

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to the Director-General of the BBC [Sir John Reith, later Lord Reith] conveying WSC's criticism of the BBC's plan to broadcast three factual statements about the White Paper on India with no chance for an opposing point of view to be expressed until the autumn. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
06 Mar 1933
CHAR 2/198/7

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] [Director-General of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London)) to WSC stating that he enjoyed the remarks WSC made about the BBC [during a broadcast after-dinner speech to the Royal Society of St George].

1 folio
25 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/198/8

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] [Director-General of the BBC] stating that he is glad Reith enjoyed the remarks WSC made about the BBC [during a broadcast after-dinner speech to the Royal Society of St George] and that he has had many approving letters from BBC subscribers. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
29 Apr 1933
CHAR 2/198/9

Letter from Gerald Cock (BBC, Broadcasting House, London) to WSC enclosing a wax recording of an excerpt from WSC's after-dinner speech to the Royal Society of St George [not present] and reporting that people in the BBC enjoyed the speech.

1 folio
17 May 1933
CHAR 2/198/10

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Gerald Cock [BBC] stating that WSC will be delighted to hear the wax recording [of an excerpt from WSC's after-dinner speech to the Royal Society of St George] which Cock is sending. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
18 May 1933
CHAR 2/198/11

Letter from [Violet Pearman] to Gerald Cock [BBC] expressing WSC's appreciation of the recording of an excerpt from WSC's after-dinner speech to the Royal Society of St George. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
31 May 1933
CHAR 2/198/12-13

Letter from Charles Siepmann [BBC Director of Talks] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC on how he enjoyed lunching with WSC, despite WSC's attacks on the BBC, and inviting him to lunch with him so that they can discuss the BBC's affairs.

2 folios
20 Jun 1933
CHAR 2/198/14

Telegram from WSC to [Charles Siepmann, BBC Director of Talks] accepting his invitation to lunch. Typescript copy.

1 folio
21 Jun 1933
CHAR 2/198/15

Telegram from Charles Siepmann [BBC Director of Talks] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC on the arrangements for their lunch appointment.

1 folio
21 Jun 1933
CHAR 2/198/16

Cutting from the Islington Gazette [London]: report on the BBC's plan to broadcast a series of political speeches and talks on India from a variety of points of view.

1 folio
11 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/17

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Austen Chamberlain enclosing another copy of CHAR 2/198/19 and asking if he agrees that it could be published. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
12 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/18

Letter from [WSC] to David Lloyd George enclosing another copy of CHAR 2/198/19 and asking if he agrees that it could be published. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
12 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/19

Letter from [WSC, Sir Austen Chamberlain and David Lloyd George] to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] criticising the BBC's exclusion of any speakers not nominated by the party leaders or whips from the series of political broadcasts planned for the autumn and asking for the addition of three or four such independent speakers. Carbon typescript copy of suggested draft.

1 folio
[Aug] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/20

Letter from Sir Austen Chamberlain (Salterns, Warbash, Hampshire) to WSC suggesting two small amendments to CHAR 2/198/19.

1 folio
15 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/21

Annotated version of CHAR 2/198/19, with Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain's amendments.

1 folio
[Aug] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/22

Note by [Violet Pearman] that David Lloyd George is sending some comments on CHAR 2/198/19.

1 folio
18 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/23

Telegram from WSC (Chateau l'Horizon, Golfe Juan, [France]) to David Lloyd George (Dryawelon, Criccieth, Wales) reporting that Sir Austen Chamberlain agrees with [CHAR 2/198/19] subject to minor amendments and asking for Lloyd George's amendments. Typescript copy.

1 folio
20 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/24

Telegram from WSC to David Lloyd George (Dryawelon, Criccieth, Wales) reporting that Sir Austen Chamberlain agrees with Lloyd George's suggested minor amendment to CHAR 2/198/19. Typescript copy.

1 folio
22 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/25

Telegram from David Lloyd George (Hindhead, [Surrey]) to WSC (Chateau l'Horizon, Golfe Juan, [France]) suggesting a minor amendment to CHAR 2/198/19.

1 folio
23 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/26

Letter from [WSC] (Chateau de l'Horizon, Golfe Juan, [France]) to enclosing a copy of CHAR 2/198/27 AND 30 and stating that he proposes to await an answer to it before publishing. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
23 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/27 AND 30

Joint letter from Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain, David Lloyd George and WSC to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] criticising the BBC's exclusion of any speakers not nominated by the Party Leaders or Whips from a series of political broadcasts planned for the autumn, as a new form of discrimination, foreign to the spirit of Parliamentary practice. The letter states that such discrimination if applied in Parliament would reduce debates to "regimentations of machine-controlled opinion" and would deny expression of independent views. It further says that the Postmaster-General [Sir Kingsley Wood] had assured Parliament that year that individuals not attached to any particular party would be allowed to speak if they had any useful contribution to make, so allowing a few extra speakers to the lists chosen by the Whips should be in harmony with the Government's wishes. Finally, Chamberlain, Lloyd George and WSC, as senior Privy Councillors, ask Whitley to consider the matter and to add some independent speakers to the series. Carbon typescript copy. 2 pages, misfiled apart.

2 folios
23 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/28

Telegram from David Lloyd George (Hindhead, [Surrey]) to [WSC] agreeing to a minor amendment to CHAR 2/198/19.

1 folio
24 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/29

Letter from [WSC] to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] enclosing the original of CHAR 2/198/27 and 30 and asking whether they should wait for an answer from Whitley before publishing it. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
25 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/31

Letter from John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC denying that the selection for the autumn series of political broadcasts of only official Government and Opposition speakers forms a precedent to prejudice the expression of independent and unofficial views in future broadcasts.

1 folio
29 Aug 1933
CHAR 2/198/32

Note from [Violet Pearman] to WSC on the movements of Sir Austen Chamberlain in Italy and the difficulty of contacting him.

1 folio
01 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/33

Letter from [WSC, Sir Austen Chamberlain and David Lloyd George] to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] re-stating their criticism of the decision to exclude non-official speakers from the autumn series of political broadcasts. Draft by WSC.

1 folio
[Sep] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/34

Letter from [WSC] to Sir Austen Chamberlain enclosing copies of CHAR 2/198/31 and 33, asking for his views and predicting that they will have a good press. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
01 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/35

Letter from [WSC] to David Lloyd George enclosing copies of CHAR 2/198/31 and 33, asking for his views and predicting that they will have a good press. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
01 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/36

Note that David Lloyd George will not be available until about 8 o'clock as he is coming to the Hotel Metropole for a dinner.

1 folio
[Sep] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/37

Telegram from David Lloyd George (Criccieth, [Wales]) to WSC approving [CHAR 2/198/33] with one or two alterations.

1 folio
06 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/38

Letter from Austen Chamberlain, David Lloyd George and WSC to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] re-stating their criticism of the exclusion of non-official speakers from the autumn series of political broadcasts. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
07 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/39

Letter from WSC to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] enclosing CHAR 2/198/38. Typescript copy.

1 folio
07 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/40

Telegram from Sir [Joseph] Austen Chamberlain (St Florent [France]) to WSC, agreeing to the wording of the joint letter [see CHAR 2/198/38, sent in the name of himself, David Lloyd George and WSC to John Whitley, chairman of the BBC, stating their regret at Whitley's refusal of their request for the inclusion of some non-official speakers in the autumn series of political broadcasts].

1 folio
09 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/41-46

Press statement by WSC describing how the BBC have continually postponed his chance to broadcast on India, criticising the BBC's decision that the speakers giving the autumn series of political broadcasts will not be allowed to refer to India and asserting that there is a concerted attempt to promote the Government's policy and to suppress its critics. Annotated typescript draft. Carbon copies at CHAR 2/198/47-52 and CHAR 2/198/73-108.

6 folios
[07] [Sep] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/47-52

Carbon copy of CHAR 2/198/41-46.

6 folios
[07] [Sep] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/53

Note of the circulation of CHAR 2/198/41-46.

1 folio
09 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/54

Newspaper cutting: editorial arguing that the BBC is biased towards the Government and against its opponents.

1 folio
[Sep] [1933]
CHAR 2/198/55

Cutting from the Times: letter to the editor from John Perronet Thompson (Union of Britain and India, 15-16 Caxton House (East), Tothill Street, [London]) asserting that Parliament has agreed to the proposals for Indian constitutional reform which are now before the Joint Select Committee.

1 folio
12 Sep [1933]
CHAR 2/198/56

Cutting from the Times: letter to the editor from Joseph Gurney Braithwaite [MP for the Hillsborough Division of Sheffield, Yorkshire] and Alan Todd [MP for the Kingswinford Division of Staffordshire] stating that although they disagree with WSC's stance on India they believe that he should be given the chance to broadcast his opinions.

1 folio
15 Sep 1933
CHAR 2/198/57-58

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] [Director-General of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC asking him to speak at one of the lunches held by the Aldwych Club for men engaged in advertising, of which Reith is president.

2 folios
13 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/59

Letter from Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] [Director-General of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC inviting him to give a broadcast talk as part of a series entitled "Whither Britain?".

1 folio
13 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/60

Letter from [WSC] to Sir John Reith [later Lord Reith] [Director-General of the BBC] declining the invitation to speak at an Aldwych Club lunch because he is too busy with his life of the 1st Duke of Marlborough and stating that whether he will give a broadcast talk in the series "Whither Britain?" will depend on the latitude he is given. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
15 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/61

Letter from John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC explaining that if the BBC had added WSC to the list of independent speakers invited to give political broadcasts several other names would have to be added as well and arguing that the invitation to WSC to give a talk in the "Whither Britain?" series and to broadcast on India after the Joint Select Committee have reported shows that the BBC are not deliberately excluding him.

1 folio
19 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/62

Letter from [WSC] to John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] expressing distress that they have are estranged over the broadcasting issue repeating his regret that he has been denied the chance to broadcast on India. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
21 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/63

Letter from John Whitley [chairman of the BBC] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC expressing admiration for his public services, explaining that the BBC's Parliamentary Advisory Committee believed that it would be undesirable for broadcasts on India to be given before or during the sitting of the Joint Select Committee and outlining the aim of the "Whither England?" series of broadcasts.

1 folio
25 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/64

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC Controller of Programmes (Broadcasting House, London), to WSC asking to meet him to discuss his talk in the "Whither Britain?" series of broadcasts and stating that speakers in the series will be given widest latitude in the views they express.

1 folio
26 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/65

Letter from J Stanley, secretary to the BBC Controller of Programmes [Colonel Alan Dawnay] (Broadcasting House, London), to [Violet Pearman] confirming the appointment for Dawnay to see WSC.

1 folio
27 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/66-67

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay [BBC Controller of Programmes] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC listing the speakers who have been invited to contribute to the "Whither Britain?" series of broadcasts and asking if he agrees to the order in which it is proposed they should speak.

2 folios
31 Oct 1933
CHAR 2/198/68

Letter from [WSC] to Colonel Alan Dawnay [BBC Controller of Programmes] agreeing to contribute to the "Whither Britain?" series of broadcasts and presuming that he can change dates if he is abroad in January. Carbon typescript copy.

1 folio
06 Nov 1933
CHAR 2/198/69

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay [BBC Controller of Programmes] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC on the date for WSC's broadcast in the "Whither Britain" series.

1 folio
09 Nov 1933
CHAR 2/198/70

Letter from Peter Fleming for the BBC Director of Talks (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC inviting him to give a broadcast in the series "Seven Days Hard" in which speakers review the events of the past week. Annotated in typescript: "Declined. 22.12.33".

1 folio
20 Dec 1933
CHAR 2/198/71

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay [BBC Controller of Programmes] (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC asking him to confirm the date for his contribution to the "Whither Britain?" series of broadcasts.

1 folio
20 Dec 1933
CHAR 2/198/72

Letter from Charles Siepmann, BBC Director of Talks (Broadcasting House, London) to WSC outlining the arrangements for WSC's contribution to the "Whither Britain" series of broadcasts and asking if he agrees to its publication in the Listener and to its relaying by both broadcasting organisations in the United States.

1 folio
20 Dec 1933
CHAR 2/198/73-108

6 sets of duplicates for CHAR 2/198/41-46. Carbon copies.

35 folios
[07] [Sep] [1933]