Enid Blyton and the BBC | Revealing the writer's troubled relationship with the BBC
Document Type | Letter
12 May 1938
Having previously been encouraged by a letter from the BBC's Director General to her husband, Enid Blyton details her experience as an author of many books on a wide range of topics, as well as hinting at the kind of audience appreciation her name might bring to the BBC.
Read the next document in this chain of correspondence.
Though Sir John Reith knew at this time that he would be leaving the BBC, he did make the effort to ensure Enid Blyton (writing here under her married name) reached the right department within the Corporation. However, after leaving the BBC the following month, Sir John was in no position to influence the events that followed.
The children's author pitches ideas for a radio broadcast.
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'.
The work of Enid Blyton receives a critical review.
The children's author tries again to work for the BBC.
It's thumbs down for 'The Monkey and the Barrel-Organ'.
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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