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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith (1889-1971), Administrator; first Director-General of the BBC

Sitter in 42 portraits
Founding director general of the BBC from 1922 to 1938. His book, Broadcast over Britain (1924) outlined four principles of his vision for a broadcasting system: it operated as a public service rather than for commercial motives; it offered national coverage; it depended on centralised control; and it offered high standards of programming. He also insisted on BBC operational independence from political pressures. Under Reith's leadership, the BBC established its headquarters at Broadcasting House in 1932. Until his departure in 1938, Reith steadily broadened the range of its activities. Subsequently he headed BOAC and held a number of minor cabinet posts in wartime and post-war governments.

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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1933 or before
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and white chalk, published 1937
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1925
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print, 1925
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print, 1925
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
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