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February 17, 1952

REPORT BY SIR ROBERT BRUCE LOCKHART ON HIS VISIT TO RADIO FREE EUROPE, MUNICH

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    Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart - head of the World War II Political Warfare Executive who later had a highly popular BBC weekly program in Czech - visited RFE with BBC Central European chief Gregory Macdonald between January 29 and February 1, 1952. Reviewing personalities, attitudes, and operations in Munich, Lockhart concluded that RFE had made progress in its first year, that its broadcasters were happy to be separated geographically from émigré politicians in the US, but that RFE faced the challenge of keeping the spark of hope alive in Eastern Europe without instigating revolt. It also faced the challenge of emerging German sovereignty, which Lockhart thought would force RFE to relocate to another country. Accompanying Foreign Office memoranda generally endorsed Lockhart conclusions. Information Research Department official F.C. Stacey cautioned that “the need for sensational stories of RFE activities” for the domestic US audience might result in irresponsible RFE broadcasts.
    "Report by Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart on his visit to Radio Free Europe, Munich," February 17, 1952, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Obtained and contributed to CWIHP by A. Ross Johnson. UK National Archives, FO 1110/518 https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134490
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