Another urban myth exploded

Broadcasting HouseCan we just squash one persistent myth? You still hear people claiming that in the 1930s BBC newsreaders wore dinner jackets to read the news.

This makes them sound silly and pompous: but the fact is that the newsreader was also the Duty Officer, and welcomed visitors to Broadcasting House (left, in 1932): they would have expected him to be properly dressed, and in those days 'properly dressed' meant dinner jackets, not an ordinary suit. It had nothing to do with the news.

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Posted: Tue - May 23, 2006 at 09:01 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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