Sunday Night Postscript Broadcasts

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 18th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

asked the Minister of Information who is responsible for the selection of the Sunday night post script broadcasts?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

The B.B.C. select the broadcasts, but they consult the Ministry in advance regarding subjects and speakers.

Photo of Mr Austin Hopkinson Mr Austin Hopkinson , Mossley

Is the Minister aware that an hon. Member of this House, at the request of the Corporation, prepared a script for one of those broadcasts, the said script being a careful paraphrase of the Sermon on the Mount, and that it was rejected on three grounds; firstly, that it was Fascist; secondly, that it was anti-working-class; thirdly, that it was anti-Christian?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I am not aware of the case mentioned by my hon. Friend, but the B.B.C. is strongly opposed to repetition.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is the Ministry consulted as to personnel broadcasting on Sunday night or any other night, and is the Ministry ever influenced by outside representations, for example, the views of the 1922 Committee?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

No, Sir, we are not in the slightest bit influenced. We treat this matter as a judicial one. We are subject to no pressure of any kind.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Can the Minister say why certain—