The success of broadcasting provoked animosities between the BBC and well established media such as theatres, concert halls and the recording industry.
By 1929, the BBC complained that the agents of many comedians refused to sign contracts for broadcasting, because they feared it harmed the artist "by making his material stale" and that it "reduces the value of the artist as a visible music-hall performer".
The resulting coverage of both striker and government viewpoints impressed millions of listeners who were unaware that the PM had broadcast to the nation from Reith's home, using one of Reith's sound bites inserted at the last moment, or that the BBC had banned broadcasts from the Labour Party and delayed a peace appeal by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Supporters of the strike nicknamed the BBC the BFC for British Falsehood Company.
s Lord Northcliffe and featured the famous Australian soprano Dame Nellie Melba.