BBC Radio Newsreel

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


14190. BBC Radio Newsreel. January 28, 1941. Program #206. BBC. Sustaining. There have been Italian setbacks of all kinds on the North African front, there are Rumanian and Hungarian conflicts over Transylvania, Arthur Mann reports on Wendell Willkie's activities during London air raid, a Jamaican joins the R. A. F. Arthur Mann (Mutual net reporter), Robert Beatty (presenter), A. H. Broderick, F. L. Shipley, A. C. Hardy, Harold Laskey (reports on the supression of the "Daily Worker" newspaper). 29:21. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14191. BBC Radio Newsreel. February 4, 1941. Program #213. BBC. Sustaining. Where are the Italians in Libya? A listing of Italian war reverses and a portrait of Mussolini's son-in-law, the court martial of "Shrapnel," a portrait of a Spitfire pilot, preparations for an invasion, London's largest bomb crater. Arthur Mann (Mutual net reporter), Robin Duff, J. B. McGeachy, Tony Ainsley (presenter), H. C. Feraby, Lord Astor, Mrs. Rex Dennis, Tubby Clayton. 29:13. Audio condition: Very good to excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14194. BBC Radio Newsreel. February 19, 1941. Program #228. BBC. Sustaining. Princess Tsahai, the daughter of Emperor Haile Selassie, describes how her father told her of his defeat in Ethiopia. The first 6:57 of the program only. Princess Tsahai. 6:57. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14262. BBC Radio Newsreel. March 25, 1942. Program #686. BBC. Sustaining. "The Fight For World Freedom," a report from Moscow on the fierce Russo-German fighting, General Stilwell's retreat in Burma, the British Labor party meets, the stirring story of twenty seven Frenchmen who were shot to avenge a Nazi officer who had been assassinated. Great radio! Joseph Stilwell, Paul Winterton (from Moscow), Lewis Hastings, Phillip Jordan, Arthur Mann (Mutual net reporter), Lindley Fraser. 29:09. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

80363. BBC Radio Newsreel. February 21, 1943. Program #961. BBC. 0300 GMT. "We fight for world freedom!" Red Army victories, the news from Tunisia, Finnish maneuvers for peace, Britain celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Red Army. Frank Gillard, Edward Montgomery. 33:20. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14345. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 6, 1944. Program #142. BBC. Sustaining. Richard Dimbleby reports as planes leave for the D-Day invasion. The first announcements of the invasion (including the famous message by Eisenhower) are repeated, a reporter speaks from a bomber over France. Richard Dimbleby (reporter), Dwight Eisenhower. 15:04. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14349. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 7, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. An eyewitness account of the invasion, two Canadian airmen are interviewed, the first actuality from a British ship being attacked by the Luftwaffe is played. Bing Whittaker (presenter), Robin Duff, Stewart McPherson, Ward Smith (from a U. S. glider base), Michael Standing. 14:25. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14351. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 8, 1944. BBC/Mutual net. Sustaining. A dispatch from a reporter who parachuted behind the German lines with the troops, actuality from inside a glider behind the lines in France, the French welcome, interviews with the wounded. Bing Whittaker (presenter), Richard Dimbleby (at a glider air field), Chester Wilmot, Matthew Halton (CBC), Stewart McPherson (at an English fighter base). 14:22. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14350. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 8, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. The first sounds of "The Battle of France," eyewitness account of D-Day, the wounded return to England, Professor Alexander Fleming, the discover of penicillin, speaks. The final 13:15 of the program only. Alexander Fleming, Michael Standing, Matthew Halton (of the CBC), John Canowin. 13:15. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Incomplete.

14352. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 9, 1944. BBC origination, Mutual rebroadcast. Sustaining. Actuality of a paratroop landing in France while under fire, a report on the German "west wall," an interview with a sailor whose ship was sunk under him, actuality of gliders landing in France as the Germans shoot at them. Chester Wilmot (reporter), Bing Whittaker (narrator), Alan Melville, Robert Barr, Michael Standing. 14:39. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14356. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 11, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A Spitfire pilot has engine trouble, a paratrooper is aided by a French girl, the Germans run from a fight at Seabut, a destroyer is grounded and destroyed. The program may be dated June 10, 1944. Bing Whittaker (announcer), Alan Melville, Chester Wilmot, Basil Jones, Lieutenant Commander Rayner, Kent Stevenson, Ken Gatwort, Pete Duwarnic, David Lunsden. 14:17. Audio condition: Very good to excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14354. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 11, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. American landings on Normandy and their incredible bad luck, reports from the beach-head, eyewitness of an E-Boat battle in the channel. A cable from Robert Dunnett is read. Bing Whittaker (presenter), Howard Marshall (reporter), Stanley Maxsted (reporter), Robert Barr, Michael Standing (from the beach-head), James Starar (Squadron Leader who flew the first mail plane to Normandy). 14:21. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14357. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 12, 1944. BBC/Mutual. Sustaining. Richard Dimbleby gives the first description of Spitfires in action off the Normandy coast from a bomber along with the planes, a report on the British soldiers who are now in France, a column of armor in England is on its way to France. Richard Dimbleby, Bing Whittaker (presenter), Chester Wilmot, Stewart McPherson. 14:32. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14359. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 14, 1944. BBC origination, Mutual net rebroadcast. Sustaining. A rebroadcast of Radio Moscow's praise of the Normandy landing, second-guessing Rommel's defense plans, a report from the battle for Cannes, the gallantry of Canadian paratroopers, an American glider pilot is interviewed, the sound of the first liberated Normandy church bells. Nicholas Stuart (presenter), Robert Barr, Alan Melville (from Caen), Chester Wilmot (with a Canadian battalion), Warren Ward (lietutenant from Minnesota, a glider pilot). 14:34. Audio condition: Very good to excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14363. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 25, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A recording of a flying bomb exploding, commentary about flying bombs by a R.A.F. expert, a church service from France with artillery heard in the background. The final 9:35 of the program only. Norman MacDonald (Sweden), Oliver Stewart, Frank Gillard (Normandy). 9:35. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Incomplete.

14364. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 26, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A report from the fighting in Cherbourg, an interview with four Americans who had just escaped from Cherbourg. Bing Whittaker (presenter), Robert Dunnett (from Cherburg), H. O. Samson (BBC engineer at Cherburg), Colin Wills (interviewer), Harvey During, Thomas Westdrope, James Smith, John Westelbury, Frank Gillard (from Tilly). 14:19. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14370. BBC Radio Newsreel. July 9, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A program about how the British Second Army entered the Normandy town of Caen. A description of the air bombardment and ground fighting. Stewart McPherson, Frank Gillard, Howard Marshall. 14:51. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14372. BBC Radio Newsreel. July 11, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. Charles De Gaulle is welcomed to Canada, excellent actuality from an observation post near Cannes on the Normandy front as German artillery, tanks, and mortars force the BBC reporter into a ditch. Congratulations from General Montgomery to the men fighting in Normandy. BBC pips, Big Ben, I. D. William MacKenzie-King, Lewis Hastings, Bernard Montgomery, Nicholas Stuart (announcer), Chester Wilmot. 15:43. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14374. BBC Radio Newsreel. July 19, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A report on the fighting in Normandy. The start of the invasion's second phase, descriptions of the bombings. Bing Whittaker (presenter), Stuart MacPherson (from Normandy), Howard Marshall (reporter), Clifford Rudyar (Flight Lieutenant), Chester Wilmot. 14:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14376. BBC Radio Newsreel. July 21, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. Coverage of the attempt on Hitler's life is featured. The program includes the voices of Hitler, Doenitz, Goering, and comments by the British. Good radio. Adolf Hitler, Doenitz, Hermann Goering, Lindley Fraser (BBC European Service), Paul Winterton (Moscow). 14:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14391. BBC Radio Newsreel. August 27, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. An actuality description of the attack on General De Gualle in Notre Dame Cathedral. Good radio coverage of a remarkable act of courage. A free-French parade, an essay on "Doodle-Bugs" (flying bombs). Bing Whittaker (announcer), Robert Reid, Robert Dunnet (from Paris), Alan Melville. 14:19. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14394. BBC Radio Newsreel. August 31, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. British troops enter Avignon, Rouen is liberated, a summary of Eisenhower's press conference, the fall of Bucharest, a report and actualities of the "Victory Guns" from Moscow. Bing Whittaker (announcer), Chester Wilmot (reports on the liberation of Amiens), Frank Gillard (Rouen), J. S. McGregor (at the Eisenhower Conference, Montgomery has been promoted to Field Marshal), Leonard Ingrams, Paul Winterton (Moscow). 14:17. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14400. BBC Radio Newsreel. September 27, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. An eyewitness account of the British defeat at Arnheim. A stirring, dramatic, true narrative. Exciting radio. Bing Whittaker (announcer), Stanley Maxted (from Arnheim). 14:18. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14401. BBC Radio Newsreel. September 28, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. Recordings that were made at the battle of Arnheim by a BBC reporter who was present are played. Actualities of German planes strafing as mortar shells are heard bursting nearby. . 14:38. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

6364. BBC Radio Newsreel. September 28, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. Edward R. Murrow describes a paratroop drop during the battle of Arnheim. Edward R. Murrow. 1:53. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Excerpt.

14404. BBC Radio Newsreel. October 8, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. A visit to a pub Wendell Willkie visited (he had died recently), the breaching of the Rhine Dam described by an eyewitness, Queen Wilhelmina speaks. A cable from Robert Reid at Arnheim is read. Queen Wilhelmina, Fletcher Marco (announcer), Archie Lee, Flight Lieutenant Tice (on breaching the dam on the Rhine). 14:14. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14414. BBC Radio Newsreel. October 22, 1944. BBC. Sustaining. "The Western Front is on the move." Field Marshall Montgomery speaks on the Anniversary of El Alamein. Richard Dimbleby analyzes actions by the Luftwaffe. The last broadcast of the "Free French Broadcast from London" as The French service returns to the Continent. Bernard Montgomery, Richard Dimbleby, Bing Whittaker (presenter), Robert Barr, Michelle Saint Denis (also known as Jacques du Cheyne). 14:17. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

97575. BBC Radio Newsreel. November 13, 1944. BBC net origination, Mutual net rebroadcast. Guy Byam describes the bombing of the German battleship, "Tirpitz." He witnessed the attack from an R.A.F. Lancaster bomber. The Dortmund Canal has been destroyed; Flight Leftenant Orn describes the bombing. Stewart McPherson (in the studio) tells about his recent five months on the Continent. The date is subject to correction. Dean Wittaker (?), Guy Byam (?), Stewart McPherson. 14:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

14460. BBC Radio Newsreel. February 28, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. David Schoenbrun reports from 9th Army Headquarters, Parliament approves the Yalta agreement, the suffering of Europe. the program followed by BBC I. D. and Big Ben. David Schoenbrun, Morris Webb (reports on the agreement at Yalta), Robert Warren (presenter), Eba Knight-Thomson, Paul Mann (Mutual reporter), Godfrey Talbot (from Rome). 15:09. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14382. BBC Radio Newsreel. March 1945. BBC. Sustaining. Richard Dimbleby describes the new R.A.F. ten-ton bomb, an interview with the first G.I. to cross the Rhine. The program was previously dated August 14, 1944, but the Rhine was crossed March 7, 1945. Richard Dimbleby, Nicholas Stuart (announcer), Alexander Goodson (first soldier across the Rhone), Dick Gregson (Tory Party Conference), Rob Butler. 14:12. Audio condition: Fair shortwave audio. Complete.

14474. BBC Radio Newsreel. March 27, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. Field Marshall Montgomery speaks to the troops, the German army is retreating. Bernard Montgomery, Chester Wilmot, Robert Dunnett (from Brussels), Wynford Vaughan Thomas. 14:14. Audio condition: Good shortwave audio. Complete.

14487. BBC Radio Newsreel. April 12, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. Reports of sorrow at the death of President Roosevelt, Richard Dimbleby speaks from Germany about the fighting still ahead, a report about one thousand German planes being hit in one week. A U. S. fighter pilot describes bombing and strafing a airport and shooting down German jets, editorial comments about President Roosevelt's death. Richard Dimbleby, Robert Espey (U. S. Intelligence), Douglas Peck (U. S. fighter pilot). 14:49. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14490. BBC Radio Newsreel. April 13, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. 11:00 P. M. An expanded version of the 7:30 P. M. edition in memory of the death of President Roosevelt. The program starts with an address by an anonymous "G. I. in Europe" (who speaks like a radio performer), who tells what the president means to him. Guy Eden, Hamish McHeachy, Tom Heady (AFN reporter), Steven Campbell, David Szitiev. 29:23. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14489. BBC Radio Newsreel. April 13, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. 7:30 P. M. An eyewitness account of Churchill's tribute to President Roosevelt in Commons, an average G. I. and an average Englishman relate their feelings, other reactions of sorrow. BBC I. D. Guy Eden (Parliamentary correspondent), Hamish McHeachy, David Szitiev (Moscow). 14:49. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14511. BBC Radio Newsreel. April 27, 1945. Program #1756. BBC. Sustaining. The Russian and American armies link up, Italian Partisans parade in Bologna, recordings are played of V-2 rockets exploding in London. Bing Whittaker (announcer), Frank Gillard (at the joining of the U. S. and Russian armies), Godfrey Talbot (Bologna), Audrey Russell, John Skinner (Town Clerk of Chiswick), Mrs. Cunningham (of Walthamstove), Captain Chisolm (Chief Civil Defense Officer for South East London), Richard Scott. 14:11. Audio condition: Very good to excellent audio. Complete.

14518. BBC Radio Newsreel. May 4, 1945. Program #1764. BBC. Sustaining. Field Marshall Montgomery reads the terms of surrender. A description of the ceremonies. Bernard Montgomery. 13:57. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14521. BBC Radio Newsreel. May 5, 1945. BBC. Sustaining. A special documentary about the newly liberated Belsen concentration camp. British soldiers tell eyewitness atrocity stories, actualities from the camp. Interviews with camp inmates and other recordings to be remembered a long, long time. Robert Gordon Walker. 29:27. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Complete.

14542. BBC Radio Newsreel. May 8, 1945. BBC. "Victory Edition". Sustaining. 6:00 PM. A remote from in front of Buckingham Palace as crowds greet the King and Queen after his Victory speech (not heard), a recording of Churchill is played, an eyewitness description of the signing of the surrender, a remote from the Parliament, interviews with soldiers from around the Empire. The first twenty seven minutes of the program only. See cat. #77683 for the NBC rebroadcast of this program. Louis Mountbatten, Bernard Montgomery, Harold Alexander, Omar Bradley. 27:27. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Incomplete.

14543. BBC Radio Newsreel. May 9, 1945. Program #1769. BBC. "Victory In Europe". Sustaining. A rebroadcast of the Russian victory announcement, the victory speech of Marshal Stalin (with translation), Mrs. Winston Churchill is heard from Moscow, the two thousand Russian Victory Guns fire thirty Salvos, a report from the surrender conference in Berlin, a report from Dachau, the victory tour of the King and Queen, Richard Dimbleby reports from Buckingham Palace. A few minutes of the program are missing from the middle. Joseph Stalin, Mrs. Winston Churchill, Richard Dimbleby (from Buckingham Palace), Bing Whittaker (presenter), Alexander Worth (from Moscow), Thomas Cadet, R. J. Montgomery (from Dachau), Stewart McPherson (with the Royal family), Audrey Russell (from Ilford), Gerald Scott (announcer). 29:59. Audio condition: Very good shortwave audio. Incomplete.

14576. BBC Radio Newsreel. July 6, 1945. Program #1826. BBC. Sustaining. Richard Dimbleby reports from Berlin as the first Union Jack is raised, an interview with U. N. R. A. officials. Richard Dimbleby, Bing Whittaker (presenter), Frank Gillard. 14:06. Audio condition: Very good to excellent audio. Complete.

14631. BBC Radio Newsreel. February 11, 1946. Program #2046. BBC. Sustaining. 11:00 P.M. (E.S.T.) The U.N. in England at work and play, a coal crisis in Britian. Batch Wollenbach (? reader), Wellington Coo (Chinese representative), Manny Shinwell, Edward Stettinius, Audrey Russell, Philip Noel Baker. 14:19. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14703. BBC Radio Newsreel. April 21, 1947. BBC. Sustaining. The twenty first birthday of Princess Elizabeth, a recording her message to youth from South Africa is played. There's a new King in Denmark (Frederick IX). The first five minutes of the program only. Princess Elizabeth. 5 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Incomplete.

14732. BBC Radio Newsreel. November 7, 1947. BBC. Sustaining. The Russians hint that they have the A-Bomb, Professor Harold Urey is interviewed about atomic energy and nuclear warfare. A cloud chamber and atomic experiment is described, a summary of colonial developments, a look at food corporations. Harold Urey, Peter Dunne, James Bell (from Liverpool), Henry Swansea. 14:23. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14736. BBC Radio Newsreel. November 20, 1947. BBC. Sustaining. Highlights of the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Phillip Mountbatten, the ceremony, crowds in the street, etc. Princess Elizabeth, Prince Phillip, Frank Gillard, Audrey Russell, Richard Dimbleby. 29:31. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14805. BBC Radio Newsreel. October 9, 1948. BBC. Sustaining. Disarmament conflicts in the United Nations, De Valera, campaigns to end partition, Churchill's address to the Conservative Party. Winston Churchill. 15:19. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14820. BBC Radio Newsreel. November 15, 1948. BBC. Sustaining. A program describing the joyous celebrations at the birth of the new Prince. The bells of St. Paul's is heard. Wynford Vaughn (at Buckingham Palace), Godfrey Talbot, Brian Johnstone (at the Tower Of London), Bernard Moore (at the U. N. meeting in Paris), Robert Finnigan (announcer). 13:48. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

14880. BBC Radio Newsreel. June 28, 1950. BBC. Sustaining. Anthony Eden comments on Truman's commitment to Korea (an excerpt from his spech is heard). A recording of Radio Moscow is played denouncing Truman's action, an analysis of America's air role-to-be in Korea. Anthony Eden, Harry Truman, Thomas Hordern (presenter), Charles Gardner. 13:43. Audio condition: Excellent shortwave audio. Complete.

Report contains 47 programs.