HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
Document Type | Letter
19 June 1929
The BBC's Director of Talks, Hilda Matheson, thanks HG Wells for accepting an invitation to make a timely radio broadcast on world peace. The transmission is to be based on Wells's address to the German government, delivered in the Reichstag in April 1929. Matheson urges Wells, who was renowned for his belief that countries should unify to bring about world peace, to be as objective as possible during the broadcast. She states that the BBC should 'avoid the controversial handling of religious, industrial or political subjects except in discussions or debates'.
The BBC's Director General, John Reith, was responsible for lifting a ban on broadcasting about controversial subjects that had been imposed by the state-controlled Post Office on the newly formed British Broadcasting Corporation in 1927.
HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.
Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.
How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.
HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.
A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.
HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.
How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.
HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.
The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.
An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.
HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.
Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.
Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?
Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.
Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.
Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.
Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.
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