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CHAR 2/229 Public and Political: British Broadcasting Corporation.

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CHAR 2/229/1

Letter from Sir John Reith, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, regretting that he was unable to be at Broadcasting House to meet WSC. Stating that he was sure that WSC would make a notable contribution to the series.

1 folio
15 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/2

Letter from WSC to Charles Siepmann, BBC, on preparation of his broadcast in the series "Whither England" on 16 Jan. Stating that he had not realised that it would have to be submitted in advance for "censorship". Asking if other speakers in the series, H G Wells, Ramsay Macdonald, Sir John Simon and Stanley Baldwin had been asked to submit their speeches in advance. Also granting copyright permission for his broadcast to be published in BBC magazine , but for this purpose only, with the copyright reverting to him [carbon].

1 folio
03 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/3

Letter from Charles Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, on his broadcast speech in the series "Whither England". Stating that there was no question of censorship, they only wished to have the text in advance so that they could publish it in "The Listener" on the day after the broadcast. "So you see that this malign institution is not on the war-path again." Also stating that the National Broadcasting Company of America (NBC) were anxious to relay the talks in the series to the United States. Asking if WSC had any objection.

1 folio
05 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/4

Letter from WSC to Charles Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, stating that he would try to deliver text of his broadcast on 16 Jan by 15 Jan. Also stating that he had no objection to relaying the broadcast to the United States [carbon].

1 folio
08 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/5

Letter from Charles Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, on his forthcoming talk in the series "Whither England".

1 folio
10 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/6

Letter from J H Whitley, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, congratulations on BBC broadcast in the series "Whither England".. "It was well nigh perfect as a work of art: English at its best:...It sets a standard for the use of the microphone which many will emulate - but few equal.

1 folio
19 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/7

Letter from Sir John Reith, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, congratulations on BBC broadcast in the series "Whither England".

1 folio
19 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/8

Cheque counterfoil from the BBC, with no payment details.

1 folio
1934
CHAR 2/229/9

Letter from Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, on publication of article by WSC stating that he would not need the copy before the end of March.

1 folio
08 Feb 1934
CHAR 2/229/10

Letter from Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC to WSC, asking if he would be willing to write an 1100 word article on "Broadcasting as an Influence in Politics".

1 folio
29 Jan 1934
CHAR 2/229/11

Letter from Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, to WSC, offering a fee of 100 guineas for first British serial rights for article on "Broadcasting as an Influence in Politics".

1 folio
01 Feb 1934
CHAR 2/229/12

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, accepting offer of 100 guineas for first British serial rights for 1100 word article on "Broadcasting as an Influence on Politics" [carbon].

1 folio
02 Feb 1934
CHAR 2/229/13-19

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay, Controller, Programme Division, BBC to WSC, asking if he would be willing to make a private gramophone record of his impressions of the outbreak of War in 1914, based on "The World Crisis", as part of a series of reminiscence programmes, each dealing with a particular year, enclosing script of proposed record.

7 folios
23 Mar 1934
CHAR 2/229/20

Letter from WSC to Colonel Alan Dawnay, Controller, Programme Division, BBC declining invitation to make a private gramophone record of his impressions of the outbreak of War in 1914, based on "The World Crisis" [carbon].

1 folio
25 Mar 1934
CHAR 2/229/21-22

Letter from Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, enclosing suggested outline for WSC's article "Broadcasting as an Influence on Politics.

2 folios
09 Apr 1934
CHAR 2/229/23

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, sending WSC's article "Broadcasting as an Influence on Politics" [for text of article see CHAR 8/499] [carbon].

1 folio
05 May 1934
CHAR 2/229/24

Letter from Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, thanks for sending WSC's article "Broadcasting as an Influence on Politics".

1 folio
08 May 1934
CHAR 2/229/25

Letter from Violet Pearman, PS to WSC to Maurice Gorham, Editor, The Radio Times, BBC, returning proof copy of WSC's article "Broadcasting as an Influence on Politics" [carbon].

1 folio
12 May 1934
CHAR 2/229/26-27

Letter from Hamilton Marr, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, confirming offer of 30 guineas for recording of exerpts from "The World Crisis" for overseas broadcasting.

2 folios
02 Jul 1934
CHAR 2/229/28

Letter from [Violet Pearman, PS to WSC] to Hamilton Marr, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, accepting offer of 30 guineas for recording of exerpts from "The World Crisis" for overseas broadcasting [carbon].

1 folio
04 Jul 1934
CHAR 2/229/29

Letter from Hamilton Marr, BBC to [Violet Pearman, PS to WSC], thanks for letter accepting offer of 30 guineas for recording of exerpts from "The World Crisis" for overseas broadcasting.

1 folio
05 Jul 1934
CHAR 2/229/30-31

Letter from [Violet Pearman, PS to WSC] to Cecil Graves, Director of Empire and Foreign Services, BBC, stating that WSC had no objection to recording his broadcast on 16 Nov for "Empire purposes" [carbon].

2 folios
06 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/32-34

Letter from Cecil Graves, Director of Empire and Foreign Services, BBC, to WSC, asking if he was willing for his talk in the series "The Causes of War" to be recorded for broadcasting to the Empire.

3 folios
01 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/35-45

Letter from Guy Pocock, Department of Talks, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, enclosing typescript of the first talk in the series "The Causes of War" by G D H Cole.

11 folios
09 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/46-55

Typescript of BBC broadcast talk "The Causes of War" No. 2 by Sir Norman Angell [carbon].

10 folios
19 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/56-63

Typescript of BBC broadcast talk "The Causes of War" No. 1 "Why War" by The Very Rev William Inge [carbon, and cutting from "The Listener", 17 Oct 1934.

8 folios
Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/64-71

Typescript of BBC broadcast talk "The Causes of War" No. 5 "Psychological Causes of War" by Aldous Huxley [duplicate typescript].

8 folios
05 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/72-79

Typescript of BBC broadcast talk "The Causes of War - Psychological Causes of War" by R Money Kyrle [duplicate typescript].

8 folios
05 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/80

Letter from WSC to Orme Sargent, Foreign Office, sending advance copy of his BBC broadcast on the series "The Causes of War" - asking for comments [carbon].

1 folio
12 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/81-86

Letter from Orme Sargent, Foreign Office, to WSC, thanks for sending advance copy of his BBC broadcast on the series "The Causes of War", enclosing notes, querying passages suggesting that Germany was plotting a war of aggression in the immediate future "I am inclined to doubt whether this is Hitler's purpose, and to look somewhat further and deeper for the causes of war in the Europe of today".

6 folios
13 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/87

Letter from R S Lambert, Editor, "The Listener", BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, sending proof of his broadcast talk in the series "The Causes of War".

1 folio
16 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/88-96

Text of BBC broadcast talk by Lord Beaverbrook "The Causes of War" (3) [duplicate typescript].

9 folios
26 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/97-98

Telegram from Fred Bate to WSC, confirming that his BBC broadcast "The Causes of War" had been relayed to the United States, and that reception had been excellent.

2 folios
17 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/99-100

Letter from Sir John Reith, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, reporting that the long deferred series of talks on India would be initiated before the end of the year. Asking if he would be willing to contribute to the series, which would be "conducted on controversial lines" and which would "take the form a critique of the Report of the Joint Select Committee".

2 folios
16 Aug 1934
CHAR 2/229/101-103

Letter from WSC, Chateau de l'Horizon, Golfe Juan, France, to Sir John Reith, BBC, accepting invitation to broadcast on India. Making suggestions for amendments to the draft programme, and asking for opponents of Government policy to be given equal representation. Stating that in the draft programme the Government had the first and last word, and eight out of ten speakers [carbon].

3 folios
25 Aug 1934
CHAR 2/229/104-105

Letter from Sir John Reith, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, thanks for agreeing to take part in series of broadcasts on India. Regretting that WSC felt that the allocation of speakers was unfair. Stating that he was also facing criticism from others, particularly that for the inclusion of both WSC and Lord Lloyd in the list, and that the Labour opposition were claiming an extra speaker. This request had been denied, but he was compelled to offer them the 9th talk [out of ten]. Offering WSC the 8th, rather than the 7th. Hoping that WSC would be satisfied "If not, to us....there remains the somewhat melancholy satisfaction of equal unpopularity all round".

2 folios
31 Aug 1934
CHAR 2/229/106

Letter from WSC to Sir John Reith, BBC, thanks for letter of 31 Aug, on speakers for series on India. Stating that he was not convinced that opponents of the Government policy were having a fair share. "However there is no use arguing with an autocrat. One can only be grateful that he is more civil than some of the others" [carbon].

1 folio
14 Sep 1934
CHAR 2/229/107

Letter from Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House to WSC, on his forthcoming broadcast on India, which would probably take place at the end of January 1935.

1 folio
08 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/108

Letter from WSC to Alan Dawnay, BBC, confirming that he would be available to broadcast on India on 29 Jan 1935. Also that he had decided not to accept a fee for broadcast on The Causes of War", and returned the contract, unsigned [carbon].

1 folio
22 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/109-110

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, confirming arrangements for his broadcast on India on 29 Jan 1935, enclosing list of speakers in the series. Asking for a copy of the manuscript seven days in advance, for publication in "The Listener".

2 folios
31 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/111-112

Letter from WSC to Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, on arrangements for his broadcast on India on 29 Jan 1935. Criticising list of speakers in the series, with nine for the Government and only two against [WSC and Lord Lloyd] [carbon].

2 folios
05 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/113

Letter from Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, on arrangements for his broadcast on India on 29 Jan 1935. Regretting that he was aggrieved about the allocation of the series, and commenting that the BBS were unable to please anyone, as there were not just two shades of opinion. Stating that the BBS had consulted its Parliamentary Advisory Panel, and that no main body of opinion on India would be unrepresented in the talks.

1 folio
07 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/114-116

Letter from WSC to Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, stating that he felt bound to publish his letter of 5 Nov, objecting to allocation of speakers in series on Indian Constitutional Reform. Asking if he wished WSC to send his reply of 7 Nov to the press at the same time, or whether it would be better to send it subsequently [carbon].

1 folio
18 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/117

Letter from BBC Empire Executive, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, sending cheque for 10l 10s fee for recording of his talk "The Causes of War" for the Empire Transcription Programme.

1 folio
19 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/118

Letter from Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, on arrangements for broadcast on India. Also on his talk in the series "Causes of War", reporting that the BBC had received confirmation from NBC in the United States that reception had been excellent. Stating that the BBC had received comparatively few comments from listeners on his talk, or any of the others in the series.

1 folio
20 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/119-122

Copies of correspondence between WSC and Colonel Alan Dawnay, BBC, on allocation of speakers for series on Indian Constitutional Reform [original correspondence at CHAR 2/229/111-112 and CHAR 2/229/113] [carbons].

4 folios
Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/123

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, BBC, Broadcasting House to WSC, sending letters addressed to him at the BBC following broadcast talk on "The Causes of War". Apologising for the fact that the letters were opened in error.

1 folio
21 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/124

Letter from Cecil Graves, Director of Empire and Foreign Services, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, reporting that his talk in the series "The Causes of War" had been transferred to gramophone records for use by overseas broadcasting organisations. Stating that he would shortly be sent a copy.

1 folio
21 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/125

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, General talks Executive, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, thanks for agreeing to broadcast on India. Stating that as he had decided not to accept a fee, there would be no need to sign the contract.

1 folio
05 Dec 1934
CHAR 2/229/126

Letter from C A Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, asking if he would be prepared to give a talk in series on the causes of war. Also expressing regret that he had not yet taken up CSC's invitation to call at Chartwell. "I still mean to raid you if I may".

1 folio
29 Aug 1934
CHAR 2/229/127

Letter from WSC to C A Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, accepting invitation to talk on "The Causes of War", "I think what I have to say will be useful to the cause of peace [carbon].

1 folio
14 Sep 1934
CHAR 2/229/128

Letter from C A Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, on arrangements for his talk in the series "The Causes of War". Stating that there was no standard fee for the series, and that average fees would work out at around 15l 15s.

1 folio
18 Sep 1934
CHAR 2/229/129

Letter from WSC to C A Siepmann, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, confirming that he would be able to broadcast on "The Causes of War" on 16 Nov. Stating that he would accept the same fee as the other speakers in the series [carbon].

1 folio
21 Sep 1934
CHAR 2/229/130

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, Talks Executive, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, sending contract for talk in the series "The Causes of War", stating that no-one in the series was being offered more that 21 pounds.

1 folio
27 Sep 1934
CHAR 2/229/131

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, Talks Executive, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, on approach from the publishers George Allen and Unwin to produce a book of the series "The Causes of War".

1 folio
15 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/132-134

Letter from Fred Ney, National Council of Education of Canada to WSC, asking for permission to reproduce his BBC broadcast on "The Causes of War", enclosing leaflet on the work of the Council.

3 folios
18 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/135

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, General Talks Executive, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, to WSC, on forthcoming broadcast talk on India, and his decision not to accept a fee for his talk in the "Causes of War" series. Also asking for permission to relay "The Causes of War" to the United States, and publish it in "The Listener".

1 folio
25 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/136

Letter from WSC to Seymour de Lotbiniere, General Talks Executive, BBC, Broadcasting House, London, giving permission for his broadcast talk on "The Causes of War " to be relayed to the United States and published in "The Listener". Stating that he wished to retain the copyright [carbon].

1 folio
27 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/137

Letter from Gladstone Murray, Information Department, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to Violet Pearman, PS to WSC, forwarding request from the National Council of Education of Canada to distribute WSC's talk in the series "The Causes of War".

1 folio
29 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/138

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, BBC to WSC , thanks for permission to publish his talk in the series "The Causes of War" in "The Listener". Confirming that this would only be licence to publish and that WSC would retain the copyright.

1 folio
30 Oct 1934
CHAR 2/229/139

Letter from Alan Dawnay, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, declining invitation to dine with WSC, because of shooting engagement in Suffolk. Regretting that he would not be at the BBC to welcome WSC before his talk in the series "The Causes of War".

1 folio
15 Nov 1934
CHAR 2/229/140

Letter from [Violet Pearman] PS to WSC to C A Siepmann, BBC, confirming that WSC would make every attempt to let him have the manuscript of his talk on India in time to publish it in "The Listener". Stating WSC's view that twenty minutes was a very short time for the talk [carbon].

1 folio
28 Dec 1934
CHAR 2/229/141

Letter from C A Siepmann, BBC to WSC, offering help in preparation of his broadcast talk on India. Asking for the manuscript to be submitted in good time so that it could be published in "The Listener".

1 folio
20 Dec 1934
CHAR 2/229/142

Letter from [Violet Pearman], PS to WSC to Seymour de Lotbiniere, BBC, confirming that WSC would be very pleased to deliver the ninth talk in the India series on 29 Jan, and that he would not require a fee [carbon].

1 folio
04 Dec 1934
CHAR 2/229/143-144

Letter from Seymour de Lotbiniere, BBC, Broadcasting House, London to WSC, on arrangements for his talk in series on India, enclosing formal contract.

2 folios
27 Nov 1934