Guy Burgess at the BBC | The early career of the Cambridge spy
Document Type | Internal Memo
01 April 1944
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.
Read further correspondence on this subject.
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.'
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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