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Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob (1899-1993), Lieutenant-General; Director-General of the BBC

Sitter in 9 portraits
Army Officer and Director-General of the BBC. Jacob worked closely with Winston Churchill on defence matters throughout World War II and again as Chief Staff Officer and deputy military secretary when Churchilll returned to power in 1951. He retired from the Army in 1946 and was taken on by the BBC European Service to restore post-war morale. By 1947 he was in charge of all overseas broadcasts and in 1952 was appointed Director-General. During his eight years in the role, Jacob successfully guided the service into the television age and was a staunch defender of BBC editorial independence.

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Ian Jacob

by Elliott & Fry
NPG x100933


Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 10 December 1947
NPG x168572


Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 10 December 1947
NPG x189241


Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob

by Howard Coster
print, 1953
NPG x2159


Sir (Edward) Ian Claud Jacob

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, February 1958
NPG x168573