Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
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From: Director of Talks
Subject: GUY BURGESS
To: C(H) Sir Richard Maconachie
29th March, 1944
The position as I see it is as follows:-
1. I cannot spare Burgess for immediate transfer to the Foreign Office. I
therefore recommend that we should insist on his giving three months' notice
or, if the F.O.'s needs are to be considered paramount, on at least one month's
2. I agree with you that it would be useless to keep Burgess against his will
but his mind is by no means made up and I have told him that if he stays he
would handle the proposed Foreign Affairs series. He has promised to let me
know by 2.30 tomorrow whether he means to resign.
G. R. Barnes
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Document Type | Internal Memo
29 March 1944
George Barnes believes that Burgess hasn't made up his mind about going to work at the Foreign Office and outlines the tempting offer that is being put before him to persuade him to stay at the BBC.
Read further correspondence on this subject.
Guy Burgess' second departure from the BBC was to take up a job in the News Department of the Foreign Office, where his duties involved interpreting the policy and actions of the organisation for the British media. This gave Burgess, according to biographer John Fisher, the chance to keep abreast of Foreign Office activities and provided plenty of opportunities for pontification and argument.
The relative merits of three Cambridge graduates are assessed by the university.
A Cambridge don provides a reference for Guy Burgess
An astute assessment of Burgess' strengths and weaknesses by his Cambridge University tutor.
Burgess is pursued for a photograph by an exasperated BBC administrator.
Burgess, as a BBC producer, advises Blunt about speaking on the radio
Burgess recounts his conversation with a mistrustful Churchill.
Burgess fails to clear his desk when he leaves the BBC.
Burgess forgets to sign his BBC staff contract and is unhappy with the salary offered.
The case of the locked door.
A concerned Director of Talks reports on his handling of Burgess and the locked door incident.
Burgess gives his version of events in the case of the locked door.
Burgess insists on travelling first class and claims for visiting the House of Commons.
A revealing insight into Burgess' working day from an exasperated administrator.
Alarm is expressed at Burgess' profligate use of BBC funds for entertaining MPs.
'MPs are expensive to entertain.'
Burgess' case for travelling first class is disputed.
Burgess persists with his claim for first-class travel.
His country needs him: Burgess is required for essential war work.
The head of the Talks Department is reluctant to let Burgess go.
Guy Burgess plans to leave the BBC to join the Foreign Office.
The manner and timing of Burgess' departure from the BBC causes concern.
A summary of Burgess' strengths, weaknesses and suitability for re-employment.
The BBC may have uncovered a clue to Burgess' recent movements.
The BBC and the Foreign Office are called to account for employing Burgess.
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