I dare say we’ve all had unsuccessful job applications. Sometimes the outcome can have more than usual significance. The nature of the BBC in its early years was almost entirely shaped by John Reith, its first Director General. What if he didn’t get the job? [Other fiction here]
BRITISH BROADCASTING CO. (In formation)
Applications are invited for the following officers:
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES
Only applicants having first class qualifications need apply. Applications to be addressed to Sir William Noble, Chairman of the Broadcasting Committee, Magnet House, Kingsway, W. C. 2
Mr J. C. W. Reith
October 24th, 1922
Cavendish Club,119, Piccadilly,
With reference to your recent interview with Sir William Noble & etc, in regard to the post of General Manager of the British Broadcasting Company. I regret to inform you that your application was unsuccessful.
It was considered that while you have undoubtedly great experience in commercial matters, the post will require a wide range of other qualities, which you did not exhibit to the degree needed.
Yours very sincerely,
George C. Caller
Secretary to the Board.