WWII: Dunkirk Evacuation | How the 'little ships' helped rescue the Allied troops
Copy to C.(H)
BROADCASTS BY SERVING OFFICERS AND MEN
1st June, 1940
Colonel Neville rang me at 4.25 p.m. to say -
1. The difficulty about serving officers and men broadcasting, about which D.M.I. had spoken to me in the morning, had now been cleared up. No objection would be raised to their broadcasting. The only War Office qualification was that they "did not want a great deal said about it". I asked him what this meant, and he said it merely meant that they did not want the fact so bruited about as to amount to an invitation to all and sundry in the army to know that we were on the lookout for broadcast material. It did not i.e. evidently imply a limitation on the number of such programmes to be broadcast.
2. I mentioned to him the temporary stop upon casting such programmes into dialogue form, of which Wellington had notified you and you had informed me. He said that in principle they did not want to have dialogues. But they appreciated that in certain cases from a programme point of view, e.g. for helping out rather tongue-tied N.C.O.s and men the dialogue form might be useful. We need not therefore regard their inclination to dislike this form as any complete veto upon its use. On the other hand, if a dialogue form were used, the whole script, including questions as well as answers, should be approved with the military authorities (that point I heard C.(H) spontaneously agree with D.M.I. by phone this morning).
[signed] S.G. Tallents
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Document Type | Internal Memo
01 June 1940
Sir Stephen Tallents, BBC Controller (Overseas), summarises a telephone conversation he held with Colonel Neville of MI7 (a). During this discussion, it was established that there were no objections from the Ministry of Information to BEF officers and enlisted men broadcasting their stories about Dunkirk, providing there were not too many personnel involved and there weren't any interviews. Exceptions could be made in cases where the whole script is previewed and approved by the 'military authorities'.
MI7 (a) was the sub-section of MI7 that dealt with censorship.
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