Beware of Hippies


Prime Minister Harold Wilson discussed whether there were too many “hippies” in the BBC in 1975 in talks with the corporation’s chairman, it has emerged.

BBC chairman Sir Michael Swann discussed “hippie influences” when he met Wilson at a dinner party.

He said he would not say the BBC was clear of such problems but it was a “picnic” compared to his time as head of Edinburgh University.

Swann was worried young BBC producers were too hostile in their journalism.

Forget about the hostile journalism, what if that guy in the picture came running down your hallway in the middle of the night, screaming “Die, Die, Die!”

Now that’d be scary.

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