The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Hayes)
331. Your 377, February 3, first paragraph. The British Embassy here has received instructions from London to inform us that while instructions have been issued to the BBC to cut down on their broadcasts to Spain they do not feel that they can entirely cut out the line which they have recently been taking. The Embassy has been informed that we have asked OWI to cut out all attacks on Spain and that we felt that we should follow recommendations in this matter as made by you and Sir Samuel Hoare. It was further stated that while the decision was naturally one for the British to make, we hoped that if BBC continues even in a modified form that they will keep in close touch with Sir Samuel Hoare on the effect of this modified program.