H.R. Boyd Esq.,
The Home Office,
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.