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The way we were: Working at the BBC

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   January 2013

Lindsay Anderson, director of the 1968 film If (photo: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features)

George Orwell writes in his diary about working for the BBC’s Eastern Service on 21st June 1942. He supervised cultural broadcasts to India, with contributions from TS Eliot and EM Forster among others, to counter propaganda from Nazi Germany aiming to undermine imperial links:

“The thing that strikes one in the BBC is not so much the moral squalor and the ultimate futility of what we are doing, as the feeling of frustration, the impossibility of getting…

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