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Letter from the BBC to the Home Office on broadcasting Remembrance Day ceremonies on radio, 1924
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/11557)
The British Broadcasting Company
Limited.
2, Savoy Hill,
Victoria Embankment,
London, W.C.2.

29th October 1924.

H.R. Boyd Esq.,
The Home Office,
Whitehall,
S.W.1.

Sir,

CENOTAPH CEREMONY

I beg to acknowledge your letter of the 24th October, and note with regret the decision which you communicate.

I venture to suggest that the national character of the broadcasting service is not appreciated.

You state that identical services are available and that there are comparatively few unable to attend. I submit that there are hundred of thousands of people who, however much minded, are prevented from participating in a local service, on considerations of time, infirmity, age, ill-health, or simple distance. To all such the national ceremony would be carried with due dignity and effect, equally to those who could attend but will not.

I should say that your final paragraph was written without experience of the effect which a broadcast transmission can convey.

In the event of there being general criticism, as last year, that the people throughout the whole country, were not enabled to share in this national service, I presume you have no obligation to our making this correspondence public.

I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,

for The BRITISH BROADCASTING Company Ltd.

Managing Director.

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