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Correspondence, mainly concerning requests for Party representatives to appear in television and radio programmes, and complaints of left-wing bias in broadcasts, Jul 1975-Dec 1984

CCO 20/12/11

Correspondents include:-

  1. Baines, Norman Allen, Chairman, Llandegla and Bryneglwys Branch, Denbighshire Conservative Association
  2. Bell, Sir Ronald, MP for Beaconsfield
  3. Boddy, David, Assistant Director of Communications, Conservative and Unionist Central Office
  4. Boyne, Sir Harry, Director of Communications, Conservative Central Office
  5. Britto, Keith, Conservative Central Office
  6. Clarke, Peter, Diverse Production Ltd, London
  7. Clough, Gordon, Broadcaster and Writer at Radio 4
  8. Davies, David, Conservative Central Office
  9. Glencross, David, Deputy Director of Television, IBA
  10. Gow, Ian, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary
  11. Gummer, John, Party Chairman (1983-1985)
  12. Higgins, Sydney, Producer and Presenter for Radio Orwell
  13. Holmes, David, Chief Assistant to Director-General, BBC
  14. Howard, George, Chairman of the BBC (1980-1983)
  15. Howarth, Alan, Conservative Research Department
  16. Kohler, Mervyn
  17. Lindsey, John
  18. Mulligan, Gerry
  19. Parkinson, Cecil, Party Chairman (1981-1983)
  20. Price, Mary, producer: 'Any Questions?', BBC
  21. Royle, Sir Anthony, MP for Richmond
  22. Smith, Douglas, Chairman, Strathclyde University Conservative Association
  23. Swann, Sir Michael, Chairman of the BBC
  24. Thorneycroft, Lord Peter, Chairman of the Party (1975-1981)
  25. Trethowan, Ian, BBC Director-General
  26. Young, Sir Brian, Director-General, Independent Broadcasting Authority

Subjects include:-

  1. Experimental broadcasting of Parliament, July 1975
  2. Draft Letter discussing complaints about the BBC programme 'The Suffering Rich', ND [pre 1977]
  3. Correspondence on the scheduling of an appearance by Mrs Thatcher and complaints about equal representation of Parties before the Stechford by-election, March 1977
  4. Monitoring the presentation of the Party in broadcasts, Sep 1977
  5. Allocation of Party Political Broadcasting in regards to upcoming local elections, March 1978
  6. Correspondence concerning 'Panorama' interview and discussion of devolution before the referendum, Feb 1979
  7. Memoranda concerning the Profumo documentary, Feb 1979
  8. Bias in the BBC 'Panorama' programme 'The Tory Treatment - does it hurt?', Sep 1979
  9. Complaints of bias in the 'Open Door' programme on 02/02/1980 and refusal of the BBC to ban its repeat broadcast, Feb 1980
  10. The Fourth Television Channel and Welsh language programmes, March 1980
  11. Equal party representation on Radio Orwell's 'How Are We governed?' programme, July 1980
  12. Candidate selection process, Oct 1980
  13. Correspondence with the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the BBC concerning coverage of the formation of the SDP, April 1981
  14. The presence of left-wing bias in 'Something Else' programme and the dangers of broadcasters taking left-wing values for granted, October 1981
  15. Clarification on BBC and Independent Broadcasting Authority policy concerning time given to the SDP/Liberal Alliance on by-election results coverage, Nov 1981
  16. Representation of the Sikh community on the Advisory Board concerned with the BBC Asian programmes unit, Feb 1983
  17. Rule prohibiting Cabinet Members from appearing on 'Any Questions?', Dec, 1983
  18. Programme on Northern Ireland as part of Channel 4's 'Diverse Reports' series, ND [Jul 1984]
  19. Dates for Party Political Broadcasts, Oct 1984
  20. Casting of Channel 4 'Comment' programmes, Dec 1984


  1. Minutes of a meeting chaired by Lord Thorneycroft discussing approaches to the making of a film about the Conservative Party by the BBC, May 1977
  2. Press cuttings from the Evening News, Evening Standard, Daily Express and Daily Mail about the BBC's plans to produce a documentary on the Profumo scandal and subsequent denials of these plans, 14-15/02/79
  3. Transcript of the Robin Day/Fred Emery interview with Callaghan on BBC 'Panorama' concerning devolution, Feb 1979
  4. Transcript of BBC Panorama's 'The Tory Treatment - does it hurt?', 17/09/79
  5. Information Sheets for Radio Orwell's 'How Are We Governed?' programme including episode summaries and the names of those interviewed
  6. Transcript of Interview with Lord Thorneycroft by Gordon Cough on Radio 4, 25/01/81
  7. Transcript of BBC World at One interview with Demetri Argovopolu and John Selwyn Gummer concerning the decline of the National Front, 30/01/1984


  • Creation: Jul 1975-Dec 1984


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Language of Materials

  • English

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CCO 20/12/11

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