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1920's/1930's
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The BBC started broadcasting regular daily news bulletins in 1922. The newsroom's first major challenge was reporting the General Strike in 1926 which affected more than two million workers around the country.The government managed to keep essential services going, and the TUC called off the strike.
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The death of King George V in 1936 was an early landmark for the newsroom and the ensuing state funeral was the first to be broadcast live. Later that year, Britain was gripped by the Abdication Crisis as King Edward VIII renounced the throne to marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson..  Click to listen


Another major challenge was reporting the rise of Nazism in Germany; Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war on Germany in 1939; and Winston Churchill's rallying call to the nation when he became Prime Minister in 1940.
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