Why was there no news on 18th April 1930?

1 May 2018

On 18 April 1930, the BBC’s news announcer had nothing to communicate. “There is no news,” was the script of the 20:45 news bulletin, before piano music was played for the rest of the 15-minute segment. The wireless service then returned to broadcasting from the Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, London, where the Wagner opera Parsifal was being performed. Jean Seaton offers some insights as to why this might have been the case, and why the same couldn’t happen again in 2018. Listen below:


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