HC Deb 10 December 1941 vol 376 cc1512-3
29. Sir Leonard Lyle

asked the Minister of Information whether he will see that the British Broadcasting Corporation com- mence their news bulletins with a reproduction of the actual news of the day and refrain from any comments or criticisms until the end of the bulletin, and that in reading the news the announcer shall abstain so far as possible from undue emphasis upon particular passages?

Mr. Bracken

The practice recommended by my hon. Friend is, generally speaking, the practice of the B.B.C. to-day. If the hon. Member has any special incident in mind to which he wishes to draw my attention, perhaps he will let me know.

Sir L. Lyle

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that in the past there has been a most irritating amount of padding and detail in these broadcasts?

Mr. Bracken

I dare say, but I am sure that greater knowledge and experience will produce something more helpful.