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Former Official Says Scales

Are Weighted

Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 19. Experience has proved that the British Broadcasting Corporation has not been, is not, and cannot be impartial on controversial issues, says Mr. Ernest Thurtle, Labour M.P. for Shoreditch, in his book of memories and comments, "Time's Winged Chariot." Mr. Thurtle, who during the life of the Coalition Government was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information, from where the 8.8.C. accepted direction in Avar matters, thinks that the 8.8.C.'s monopoly should end. He declares that its much-vaunted objectiveness

is greatly exaggerated, and that private interests and prejudices intrude into the programmes in a number of directions. Although in theory the 8.8.C. gives equal prominence to all views, it thus provides opportunity for any crypto-prose-lytiser on the staff to make a great show of giving all sides of a question but yet contriving to weight the scales in accordance with his own inclinations.

On a newspaper staff, Mr. Thurtle argues, anyone attempting to give a "slant" in articles or news at variance with the editorial policy would speedily be detected, whereas a person doing a similar thing at the 8.8.C. could reasonably count on a long and successful run. Turning to the Press, Mr. Thurtle declares that the concentration of the enormous power of the Press in a few hand's has evil potentialities. He says that while he was at the Ministry of Information he saw for himself the power of the Press to make or break particular Ministers. He believes, however, that a Statecontrolled Press would not remedy the situation.

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B.B.C. CRITICISED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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B.B.C. CRITICISED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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