Lord Haw-Haw | The Nazi broadcaster who threatened Britain
Document Type | Record of a meeting.
23 February 1940
Sir Frederick Ogilvie (Director-General of the BBC, 1938-42) recounts a conversation with Sir John Reith (Director-General of the BBC, 1927-38) and reveals the difference of opinion between them over the BBC's wartime status. While Reith is prepared to give complete control of the BBC to the government, Ogilvie disagrees, underlining the importance of maintaining its independence, not only to safeguard its own future but also to preserve democracy for the good of the country and the government itself.
Before joining the BBC, Sir Frederick Ogilvie (1893-1949) taught economics and, prior to that, fought in World War I. Despite being seriously wounded, he stayed in the Army until after the Great War ended. He succeeded Sir John Reith in becoming Director-General of the BBC in 1938, only to resign in 1942. Reportedly, this was due to a lack of skills necessary to deal with the fast pace of administrative and technical changes that the BBC underwent during World War II. Despite the wartime challenges, however, he kept the principles of truth that helped the BBC to preserve some independence.
Nazi propaganda about the sinking of the Graf Spee.
'Germany does not intend to attack the Balkans.'
How the BBC kept watch on propaganda.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks Winston Churchill.
Lord Haw-Haw mocks British fear of German bombs.
'British and French plans to lay mines in Norwegian waters are brutal.'
Propaganda supporting Germany's invasion of Denmark and Norway.
Broadcasting to Germany during the war.
The final propagandist recording by Lord Haw-Haw before Germany surrendered.
A BBC report from the High Court on an appeal.
Felix Felton describes an exiled, wartime BBC.
A German propagandist is interviewed on his colleague, Lord Haw-Haw.
Lord Haw-Haw and German propaganda broadcasts during World War II.
Fellow propaganda broadcasters recall working with William Joyce.
An interview with Lord Haw-Haw's daughter.
A memo outlines the decrease in listeners to BBC radio.
Action must be taken against Lord Haw-Haw.
Oliver Baldwin writes to a senior British diplomat about the Haw-Haw problem.
The BBC's Director-General writes to the government's Director of Propaganda in Enemy Countries.
Who is listening to Hamburg propaganda and when?
A BBC Director-General disagrees with his predecessor.
Lord Haw-Haw is a risk to military morale.
The Ministry of Information's policy on British propaganda.
An enquiry about one of Cadbury's chocolate factories.
Fry's chocolate factory is not about to be bombed.
Haw-Haw rumours are spreading across Britain.
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