Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
27th April, 1938
Dear Mr Pollock,
Thank you for your letter of the 25th. Of course I remember you, and I was glad
to hear from you.
I should be pleased to put Mrs. Pollock in touch with the right person to guide
her about broadcasting, but I am not quite clear whether it is the Children's
Hour that she has in mind or the broadcasts to Schools.
I think the best plan would be for her to write fully to me, and I can pass on
her letter to whichever department is most likely to be able to help her. I
cannot of course tell what the result will be, but you may be sure that they
will most carefully and sympathetically consider any proposal she may make.
H. A. Pollock, Esq.,
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Document Type | Letter
27 April 1938
At the time of writing, Sir John Reith was making plans for his exit from the BBC. Although there were talks of him moving to a new post at the War Office, the role failed to materialise and he left the BBC on 30 June 1938, to accept the chairmanship of Imperial Airways.
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Hugh Pollock drops a line to Sir John Reith on behalf of his wife.
The BBC Director General offers to help Enid Blyton.
The children's author tells the BBC Director General her 'story so far'.
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The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.
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A presenter of BBC religious programme learns of Blyton's thoughts on 'Christian training'.
A BBC broadcaster asks the children's author for ideas.
The writer reveals the difficulties of adapting the Bible for children.
The 'children's heroine' chooses not to talk to adults.
A BBC producer tries to arrange an interview with celebrated children's author.
Enid writes to a BBC producer with surprising news.
BBC producer Lionel Gamlin doesn't confirm or deny a Blyton ban.
Blyton lets Lionel Gamlin know that she didn't jump but was pushed.
Head of BBC 'Children's Hour' confirms the existence of Blyton ban.
The author outlines her busy life to BBC producer.
The 'Woman's Hour' editor asks a Schools expert about Enid Blyton.
Jean Sutcliffe explains the policy regarding Enid Blyton.
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