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Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk

Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.

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Memo concerning HG Wells' Russian Talk.

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Document Type | Memo

24 June 1931

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Writtenin

1931

Synopsis

This memo shows that concerns about HG Wells expressing controversial opinions in his upcoming live broadcast about Russia were so strong that they were taken to BBC Director General John Reith. In the notes subsequently hand-written onto this memo, Director of Talks Hilda Matheson is asked by Reith to obtain written evidence of Wells's commitment to impartiality.

This radio broadcast, 'Russia in the Melting Pot' took place in July 1931 and is available to hear as part of this collection.

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Hilda Matheson is credited with introducing the concept of having a formal script for radio broadcasts.

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