Radio: Bungle by a Ninny?

Into the jaws of American commercial television last week flew Britain's suddenly famed runner, Roger Bannister, the world's first four-minute miler (TIME, May 17). But just as the jaws were about to snap tight, cables crackled across the Atlantic, Parliament rocked and anxious hands reached out to preserve Roger Bannister for purer things.

Not since the coronation-day monkeyshines of J. Fred Muggs had U.S. television inspired such ringing editorials in London papers and public wailing in the streets. But this time the acknowledged villains of the piece were fellow Britons—Foreign Office chaps, to boot....

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