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Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence and papers on broadcasting., Jul 1946 - Sep 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/38

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip from 1948] (16); Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe]; representatives of Conservative and Unionist Central Office, including Stephen Pierssene [General Director], 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman] and John Profumo (6); Sir William Haley [Director-General of the BBC] (5); 1st Lord Simon of Wythenshawe [Chairman, BBC] (4); 2nd Lord Craigavon [earlier Sir James Craig] of the Listeners' Association; Herbert Morrison, Lord President of the Council; James Stuart [Chief Opposition Whip until 1948] (7); Clement Attlee, Prime Minister; William Whiteley [Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury] (2); Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon]; Brendan Bracken; Geoffrey Crowther [Editor] of the Economist. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Chips Gemmell, and Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow].Subjects include: party political broadcasts; alleged political bias and communist subversion; the BBC monopoly and commercial broadcasting.Also includes copies of: report of the [Conservative Party] committee on broadcasting policy; minutes of meetings on political broadcasting between Government, Opposition and the BBC; article from the Economist.


  • Jul 1946 - Sep 1951

Conditions Governing Access

Open, except for part of folio 31 which has been removed on grounds of data protection due to presence of sensitive personal information about living individuals until 1 January 2027.


1 item(s) (1 file (184 loose folios - closed material in a separate file))

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