Sir John Reith, Minister of Information


    SIR JOHN REITH, chairman of Imperial Airways, Ltd., has been appointed Minister of Information in succession to Lord Macmillan; the way is thus open to bring into the House of Commons the minister in charge of a department the working of which has been severely criticized ever since it began to function on the outbreak of war. Sir John is perhaps better known as the director-general during 1927–38 of the British Broadcasting Corporation, having been managing director of the British Broadcasting Company which preceded it. Hence he was largely responsible for the guidance and development of the broadcasting service of Great Britain in its early and critical days, when its functions were ill-defined and its merits as a vehicle of entertainment, of news and of education for the masses were much debated.

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    Sir John Reith, Minister of Information. Nature 145, 61 (1940).

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