THE BBC transmitted accurate news about Britain’s military setbacks during the Second World War
The commitment to make the BBC’s German language service a trusted source of objective information meant even defeats were truthfully reported.
For example, on November 27, 1942, the service reported on the bombing of Toulon by the Germans and the scuttling of the French fleet by Allied forces to avoid capture by the Nazis.
The commitment make the BBC's German language service a trusted source of objective information
Despite Nazi attempts to punish German listeners for tuning in to the “enemy broadcasts”, it became the most significant source of information for people living under Nazi rule.
Dr Vike Martina Plock, professor of English at the University of Exeter, has been examining official records in the BBC Written Archives Centre in Caversham.
For example the service reported on the bombing of Toulon by the Germans
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She said: “To be effective in exposing Nazi propaganda as lies and teach German listeners to become responsible citizens of a peaceful, unified Europe, the BBC German Service had to first gain their trust.
“If the Allies could openly admit defeats in the manner, it was believed, they must be extremely confident of their eventual victory over the Nazis.”