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In 1930, BBC Radio Had A Day With No News

Some days, the news is so terrible that you just want to will it away entirely. On April 18, 1930, BBC radio did just that. Instead of their evening broadcast, they chose to play piano music. Doesn't that sound pleasant?

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The Day The Stories Stopped

The night before Good Friday, the UK's Home Office was desperate to deny a newspaper account of an interview with the home secretary. Since newspapers wouldn't be published over the Easter holiday, they had only one option for their announcement of denial: the BBC's evening radio news.

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Within 24 hours, that was it. The evening of Good Friday came, and the untold issues were no longer news. The BBC's newsroom had recently installed agency tape machines, which fed the editorial staff more stories than they could keep up with. Meanwhile, the government had also gotten on board and would flood the newsroom with official announcements. But on April 18, 1930, for some reason, the tape machines came up dry. So, what did the editorial staff do? According to the BBC, "listeners who tuned in to hear the bulletin on Good Friday itself were informed: 'There is no news.'" Then, they heard piano music.

There's ALWAYS News

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If you're wondering whether or not there actually wasn't any news that day... well, of course there was. It was 1930, though, so we won't blame the BBC for not being all that aware of the world's events. Those were certainly simpler days. Would you like a day with no news?

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Written by Curiosity Staff April 13, 2017