The Riot That Never Was

In 1926, 12 years before Orson Welles' infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, the fledgling BBC sparked its own national panic.

It broadcast the breaking news of a murderous riot in central LONDON, which turned out to be a spoof, created by a Catholic priest called Ronald Knox.

BBC Managing Director John Reith's reaction was surprising.

Presented by Ray Snoddy.

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In 1926, 12 years before Orson Welles' infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, the fledgling BBC sparked its own national panic.

It broadcast the breaking news of a murderous riot in central LONDON, which turned out to be a spoof, created by a Catholic priest called Ronald Knox.

BBC Managing Director John Reith's reaction was surprising.

Presented by Ray Snoddy.