The FA to BBC: “We do not approve the dictatorial attitude of your Corporation in this matter”


March 27, 1930
Correspondence which has passed between the B.B.C. and the Football Association with regard to a broadcast of the Football Association Cup final and semi final is published in the current issue of the “Radio Times.”

The B.B.C. asked the Council of the Football Association whether it was prepared to accept an offer of £100 each (making a total of £200) payable to any charity to be named by the Council for full facilities to broadcast a running commentary on the F.A. cup semi-final and final.

The F.A. replied that if an offer were made without conditions of £100 for each of these three matches it was prepared to consider the granting of full facilities to broadcast a running commentary. The B.B.C. replied that they could not alter the nature of the offer.

In a reply to a further letter from the B.B.C. as to a broadcast as to the England v. Scotland match at Wembley, the F.A. replied that the same conditions were suggested as for the semi-final and final. The letter added: “We do not approve the dictatorial attitude of your Corporation in this matter.”
(Nottingham Evening Post: March 27, 1930)