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Memo from General Manager, Outside Broadcasts

Peter Dimmock shares the latest arrangements for Churchill's funeral.

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Document Type | Internal Memo

17 January 1965

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1965

Synopsis

BBC managers are briefed on plans for Winston Churchill's funeral in the event of his death. The arrangements for his state funeral have been in preparation for five years, but all were aware of the 90-year-old statesman's ailing health.

Did you know?

The BBC's general manager of outside broadcasts, Peter Dimmock, was a veteran of large-scale events, having been in charge of the BBC's broadcast of the Queen's coronation. Even so, everyone knew that the broadcast of Churchill's funeral would be an ambitious project.

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