HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
Document Type | Memo
28 June 1929
Hilda Matheson, Director of Talks, reassures Director General John Reith that any controversy raised by Mr Wells's address will be countered by a Vernon Bartlett broadcast the following day.
At this time, journalist Vernon Bartlett was also the director of the London office of the League of Nations, a role he held from 1922 until 1932. In 1933, Bartlett caused controversy within the BBC, where he worked as a radio correspondent. In a news report about Germany walking out of the Geneva Disarmament Conference and leaving the League of Nations, Bartlett suggested that Britain might have acted in a similar way, should the country have been in the same position as Germany. The ensuing storm saw protests by politicians and criticism in the press. Bartlett subsequently resigned.
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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