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Letter to HG Wells from the BBC

An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.

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Letter to HG Wells from the BBC

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Document Type | Letter

14 June 1929

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1929

Synopsis

In this letter to the celebrated writer and social commentator, the BBC's first Director of Talks, Hilda Matheson, encourages HG Wells to use the power of radio to communicate with '12 million or so British Islanders and some dozens of millions of Europeans all in one breath'.

Wells had previously refused many similar invitations from the BBC, but the Corporation was so keen to have him that, on one occasion, it even offered to provide him with a 'wireless set' to help familiarise himself with this new technology. The offer was declined.

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In 1927, Hilda Matheson was head-hunted by the BBC's first Director General, Lord Reith, to take charge of the new radio 'Talks Section'. Matheson had previously worked for MI5 and also as Lady Astor's political secretary. She was responsible for bringing many key thinkers of the day to the microphone, including George Bernard Shaw and Vita Sackville-West, who later became her lover.

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Letter to HG Wells from the BBC.

Letter to HG Wells from the BBC

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An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.

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Record of Interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast

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