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Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast

Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?

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Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast.

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Document Type | Memo

28 June 1929

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1929

Synopsis

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.

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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.

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