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Orwell's official leaving notice

The BBC regrets the loss of Orwell from its employment.

BBC ARCHIVE
WRITTEN DOCUMENT {1941}


To be sent to O.S.E.O on completion

LEAVING NOTE

Name: Eric Arthur Blair

Designation: Talks Producer

Forwarding Address: [Omitted]

Date of Joining: 18.8.41

Section:

Established/Unestablished/Temporary

Date of Leaving: 24.11.43

Salary on Leaving: £720

Grade: B1

Reason for Leaving (Where this is on "Call-up", state whether deferment has
been sought and with what results.)

Resignation in order to go back to writing and journalism

Career in B.B.C.

18.8.41 Appointed as Talks Assistant, Empire Dept. grade B1
1.9.42 Designation changed to Talks Producer, Eastern Service


Efficiency and Conduct:
I cannot speak too highly of his character or his attainments. He is of
a rare moral dignity: his literary and artistic taste is unerring. He leaves
at his own request to the regret of the Whole Department.

Whether suitable for re-employment without reservation.
Without reservation.

Signature of Head of Department or Deputy: L. Williams

Date: 20/11/43


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Document Type | Memo

20 November 1943

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1943

Synopsis

Even on this short, official bureaucratic form, evidence is found of the affection and admiration felt for George Orwell at the BBC. His Head of Department praises him unreservedly and would re-employ him at the drop of a hat, even though Orwell had always made it clear that he wouldn't adjust the content of his broadcasts to suit the current political climate.

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L Williams, the writer of this document, was more widely known as LF Rushbrook Williams. He was an academic and civil servant with expertise in Indian affairs who played a major role in aiding the establishment of independence in the Indian subcontinent. He was also involved in the creation of the state of Israel when, as head of the Middle East Section of the Ministry of Information, he toured the region to reassure Arab leaders about British intentions regarding Palestine.

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