Wartime broadcasting service: recorded announcements

October 2008

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Wartime broadcasting service: recorded announcements

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This file contains documents detailing discussions between the BBC and various government departments on the use of a pre-recorded announcement in the case of a nuclear attack. A draft script urges members of the public to stay indoors to avoid radioactive fall-out, save water, ration food and turn off all gas and fuel supplies.

An issue of concern raised by the Ministry of Ports and Telecommunications was that an unfamiliar voice repeating the same message could lead listeners to suspect the BBC had been obliterated. It was felt that familiar voices were necessary to reassure people "the BBC is still there".

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