‘Two Wasted Years’: Orwell at the BBC - In These Times
In These Times looks back at George Orwell's time at the BBC, and how his time producing British propaganda led to the development of 1984.
A few weeks ago, the Telegraph reported that BBC director Mark Thompson had vetoed a proposed statue of George Orwell on the grounds that the writer was “too left-wing.”
Besides which, Orwell's feelings about his former employer were not always friendly. Though he publicly insisted that “in my experience the BBC is relatively truthful,” he privately described the organization as “a mixture of whoreshop and lunatic asylum.”