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Wednesday 18 October 1922

On this date the BBC was licensed by the Post Office to establish a national broadcasting company. It was set up with a commercial mission - to sell radio sets - but its first General Manager John Reith believed it should educate, inform and entertain the nation, free from political interference and commercial pressure. The five founders of the BBC were John Reith, Cecil Lewis, Arthur Burrows, Stanton Jefferies and Peter Eckersley (chief engineer). The company's first chairman was Lord Gainford. 14 Novemb

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