B.B.C. (Re-Organisation).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information. – in the House of Commons on 11th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

Yes, Sir. I am informed that the Governors of the R.B.C. have for some time past been concerned with regard to the executive control of the organisation. For this reason, they appointed Mr. Robert Foot, some three months ago, as general adviser. Mr. Foot has had important business administrative and organising experience. The Governors discussed these matters fully and came to the unanimous conclusion that the chief executive control of the Corporation under wartime conditions, with the great growth of the organisation and the complexity of the administrative and financial problems arising daily, in addition to those relating to the general programme policy and output, called for different qualities and experience from those suited for peacetime. They felt that the circumstances of to-day were completely different from those which existed at the time of Mr. Ogilvie's appointment in 1938. Their views were conveyed to Mr. Ogilvie, with the result that he placed his resignation in the hands of the Governors. It was accepted and announced in terms agreed with Mr. Ogilvie.