Be informed, educated and entertained by the amazing true story of radio's forgotten pioneers. With host Paul Kerensa and rarely-heard clips from broadcasting's golden era.
The BBC and Music: from Percy Pitt to Johnny Beerling
The genesis of music on the BBC for episode 74...
On 30 April 1923, celebrated conductor Percy Pitt joins the BBC as Musical Advisor/Director/Controller (his job keeps changing), bringing new scope and scale to the nation's favourite music provider. Symphonies! Dance bands! A violinist who's refused a taxi cos the driver doesn't like what he's heard!
In 1955, Johnny Beerling joins the BBC in a world of Housewive's Choice and needle time. In 1967, Johnny journeys to the pirate ships then helps bring Tony Blackburn to the airwaves for the launch of Radio 1. Johnny tells us all about it in part 1 of an exclusive interview.
And in 1969, Alec Reid is a studio manager when a talented young band have a brush with the Beeb - the genesis of Genesis. Oh, and a little thing called the Moon landing.
Plus, what was the first song on the BBC, back in November 1922? We have answers. Several.
14/09/2023 • 42 minutes 37 seconds
Yesteryear in Parliament: The BBC vs The Government, April 1923
Sometimes we get nerdy. Sometimes we get very nerdy.
This episode is one of those where media meets politics meets history - and we're giving you all the nit-picking details, because if we don't, who will?! We only pass this way once...
...And by 'this way', I mean April 16th-24th 1923.
On our previous episode, the five-month-old BBC was almost on its last legs, facing battles from the press (the Express) and the government (a feisty Postmaster General who doesn't feel generous with the licence fee).
Now episode 71 sees the BBC discussed in the House of Commons, as two debates introduce the Sykes Inquiry, and see MPs debate, debase, defend and potentially defund the BBC. (A reminder: this was 1923, not 2023.)
To bring this to life, we've revisited the Hansard parliamentary record of precisely what was said, and reunited (or recruited) our Podcast Parliamentary Players.
So you'll hear:
Neil Jackson - Mr Ammon