Radio: The Ape Intervenes

A chimpanzee named J. Fred Muggs became a major factor in keeping commercial television off the British air.

Muggs, who wears rubber pants and a turtleneck sweater, gives U.S. viewers an occasional comedy break during Dave Garroway's two-hour morning news and chatter program, Today (TIME, April 20). Last month as Britain's Conservative government was working on a plan allowing some sponsored TV shows to compete with BBC's state monopoly, the British press reported indignantly that, on coronation day, Today had shown alternating views of their Queen and Garroway's ape. The incident did more...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!