There was a time – I was there – I remember it – when we gathered round the wireless as it warmed up, and then listened hopefully, sadly, fearfully, always interestedly to what “The News” had to say. We didn’t always agree with everything, and sometimes my parents would say that something was nonsense – something to do with rationing, or the firewatch, or air raids, but we still listened and treated it seriously and compared what was said with what was in the newspaper – which, for us, was then the “Daily Express” – quite a decent publication in those days.
Nowadays we look through the “Radio Times” – still going – and disregard just about everything. We watch the news, but only as a background until something relevant to us or our area comes up. Of useful news or information there is very little, or nothing. Poor old Lord Reith must be not turning in his grave – but weeping buckets.