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George Fischer describes his meeting with Harold Wilson and the political words of wisdom he received.
The first producer of Analysis, George Fischer, escaped Hungary as Soviet tanks rolled in to quell the revolution of 1956. Contacts in Vienna, a fortuitous bet with a Times Journalist in Budapest and a talent for basketball all helped him along his journey to a new life in Britain.
He began his BBC career in the Hungarian Section of the World Service in 1963, and then secured an attachment in Broadcasting House.
In the late 1960s he was summoned to the office of the Controller of Radio 4. He feared he might lose his job. Instead he was offered the role of producer on a new programme that would have, "a very sharp cutting edge" and be aimed at, "people who read the quality dailies". It was George Fischer's idea to call the programme Analysis.
In 1972, Analysis went to interview Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto - who much to his press agent's alarm - spoke very openly about how he liked to have a good time.
Cambridge graduate Ian McIntyre started out as a broadcaster on Radio 3. He spent much of the 1960s working for the Conservative Party in Scotland, and stood unsuccessfully as a Member of Parliament.
He returned to the BBC as a freelancer making documentaries around the world. At the tail end of the 1960s, his old friend and colleague Tony Whitby - then controller of Radio 4 - asked him to present a new series of current affairs programmes. The brief was simple - “make them challenging, make them interesting, and make them amusing if you can". This was Analysis.
ANALYSIS FROM 1971: 'SISTERHOOD IS POWERFUL'
Ian McIntyre talks to feminist intellectuals and practitioners, 'pussy cat' opponents, male doubters and supporters of the fight for women's rights.Listen to 'Sisterhood is Powerful' from the Archive Collection
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