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Read this: War on the BBC: the triumphs and turbulence of the Thatcher years

Summary: Papers in the BBC archives dating from the late 50s show her bouncing on to the BBC stage as a new MP. She was recognised straight away by the Corporation as one to watch. When Thatcher intervened in the constitutional conventions that had guarded the Corporation's independence from government, Whitelaw cashed in his loyalty to the prime minister to protect the BBC. The Home Office often came to the BBC's aid. - www.theguardian.com

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