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Memo to the Director General about Burgess' resignation

The manner and timing of Burgess' departure from the BBC causes concern.

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Document Type | Internal Memo

01 April 1944

Text version

Writtenin

1944

Synopsis

This fascinating memo confirms that the BBC was reluctant to let Burgess go because he was a good producer (a phrase that would later come back to haunt the organisation). It also points to possible tension in relations between the BBC and the Foreign Office, as disapproval is expressed about job offers being made to BBC staff without prior notification to BBC management.

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Did you know?

A 1955 government report into the disappearance of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean concluded that 'Both men were free to go abroad at any time. In some countries, no doubt, Maclean would have been arrested first and questioned afterwards. In this country, no arrest can be made without adequate evidence.'

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