Radio: Voice of Jacob

Now that the Labor Government had plumped for it, there was not much doubt that BBC's charter would be renewed for five years in January. Yet many Britons were far from reconciled to the dull programming and the monopoly of the state-owned radio network (TIME, July 15). Last week, they had aid and comfort from an unexpected quarter. A wartime (1938-42) director-general of BBC, one-armed Sir Frederick Ogilvie, shook his fist at his old employer in a London Picture Post article. Excerpts:

"What's wrong with the BBC? Not much. What's wrong with the system of British broadcasting? Almost everything. And almost everything...