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Lord Reith Looks Back: 1: I was meant to do something in the world

on BBC One London

with Malcolm Muggeridge
In this the first of three programmes filmed in Scotland and London Lord Reith, the BBC's first Director-General, recalls his early years in Glasgow; his memories of the First World War; and the events that led up to his appointment in 1922 as General Manager of the British Broadcasting Company.
"I would say that the Almighty was there in my receiving that job, and was there with me in my execution of the job."
"My first thoughts about the Passchendaele slaughter were of inefficiency in top management, and efficiency in the conduct of war was a thing most people seemed completely to ignore - there's no cost-accounting in war."
"As a young man I was inordinately ambitious to be fully stretched, inordinately ambitious to be of service."
See page 57
(Next week: I found the BBC or the BBC found me)

Contributors

Interviewer:
Malcolm Muggeridge
Interviewee:
Lord Reith
Producer/Director:
Stephen Peet

BBC One London

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