The idea of a day without news sounds absurd, and it is, but that was exactly what happened 86 years ago.
No matter what language you speak, if I speak to you from the BBC you will know that it is one of the most important media on the planet, and it is probably the best known public medium. Yes, the BBC is state funded, but it’s easy to forget that when they produce quality content and good journalism (most of the time, at least).
But it wasn’t always like that. There was an occasion when British listeners they turned on the radio to listen to the news, and received piano music. It was the day that there was no news, and even today it is an anecdote that the BBC itself does not know how to explain.
The story behind the newsless
It all happened on Friday April 18, 1930. It was Good Friday (Good Friday in the UK), and therefore it was to be expected that the pace of the news slowed down a bit in anticipation of the weekend and the holidays. However, with the amount of things happening around the world, journalists will have no trouble filling in a few minutes, right?
However, when the 6:30 pm newsletter started, the presenter’s voice said only one thing:
Good afternoon. Today is Good Friday. No news.
To fill in the remaining time of the bulletin, they are piano music. For the first, and last time, the BBC had nothing to tell, apparently. But was it true that there was no news?
The truth is, that was a slow news day for obvious reasons; however, the BBC could never say that there was no news. After all, the company had invested heavily to stop relying on Reuters and other news agencies, creating their own agency with their own tape machines where they receive and record reports of its correspondents throughout the country and the rest of the world. Surely they must have registered something.
At that time the BBC fulfilled two functions. He was dedicated to giving news like any other agency, but he was also (and is) in charge of publish official government announcements, as a public medium that is. Things like the state of the traffic, weather warnings, or tips like sending Christmas cards as soon as possible to avoid congestion.
However, the previous evening the government wanted more from the BBC. An interview with the interior minister had been published in the newspapers that day, the contents of which the government wanted to deny at all costs; However, the government knew that the newspapers were not published at Easter, so He sent the BBC to issue a statement.
Did this government request influence the BBC’s decision not to report the next day? No one knows, the company does not mention it and all the testimonies have been extinguished since then.
In the end, the day without news stayed as an anecdote more than anything.