George Orwell at the BBC | The writer of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' holds true to his ideals
Document Type | Memo
15 October 1942
Orwell discusses the potential effects of broadcasting under his pen-name and how this might affect his credibility to an Indian audience. It is also obvious that, although Orwell realises his job is to broadcast what is essentially propaganda, he refuses to compromise his integrity and wishes to make this clear at the outset.
Unfortunately, none of Orwell's broadcasts survive in the BBC's archives. Wartime shortages and a lack of storage space, together with the fragile nature of the shellac discs used to make recordings, meant that development of the fledgling archive was very much on hold during the war years, although a collection of some 2,000 discs had been established by 1939.
George Orwell is recommended for employment.
A glowing reference for George Orwell.
Eric Blair discusses writing as George Orwell.
George Orwell invites TS Eliot to contribute a reading.
The Assistant Controller appreciates the propaganda advantage of Orwell's name.
Is George Orwell's voice suitable for broadcasting?
An invitation to comment on social changes in wartime Britain.
Orwell asserts his preference for the truth.
An exceptional testimonial for staff member 9889.
George Orwell submits his resignation from the BBC.
LF Rushbrook Williams ponders George Orwell's resignation.
The BBC regrets the loss of Orwell from its employment.
George Orwell writes about moving to the remote island of Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall asks what provisions to bring to Orwell on Jura.
George Orwell gives directions on how to get to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries about what to bring and getting to Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall pulls out of visiting George Orwell on Jura.
Rayner Heppenstall worries that he has offended George Orwell.
George Orwell describes life on Jura.
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