Monitoring foreign radio broadcasts at the BBC during WWII, c 1940.
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'BBC Monitors listen to and report on news broadcasts from foreign stations. Photograph shows monitors at work'. The BBC's monitoring service was one of the most important ways in which the BBC gathered news from around the world. Current events on the blackboard include: reactions to lend-lease; food ships; Yugoslav ministers; features of Thailand and China agreement; and Bulgaria disbands reserves. The monitors are advised that 'all announcements of forthcoming speeches, however insignificant, must be reported to Flash'.