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The way we were: Attitudes to the BBC

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   September 2015

John Birt, Director General of the BBC from 1992-2000. © BBC

Frances Stevenson, secretary and mistress of David Lloyd George, writes in her diary on 21st March 1934: “We dined before the broadcast with John Reith [BBC Director General]—he is a curious character—a cross between a canny Scot and a medieval saint—but more of the fanatic in him than the academic. He firmly believes in the mission of the BBC to purify the life of the nation. Lord…

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