Interesting Question of the Day – 3 August 2020

In the 1940s, Wilfred Pickles became the first newsreader on the BBC with a regional accent.

Why did the BBC choose a regional newsreader at that time?

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4 comments on “Interesting Question of the Day – 3 August 2020
  1. Nathan says:

    Presumably to confuse Ze Germans who were listening in.

    • iqtrivia says:

      That’s a good guess. Ze Germans might struggle with a Yorkshire accent. But it’s not that.

      Though it is related to the Germans.

  2. Old Bill says:

    As a counter to William Joyce AKA “Lord Haw Haw” who had a snooty accent and was doing the German propaganda. They wanted their announcers to seem more like real working people.

    • iqtrivia says:

      That wasn’t quite it either.

      We’ll tell you.

      They figured it would be tougher for the Germans to fake a Yorkshire accent.