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'Uncle Scrim', Colin Scrimgeour

'Uncle Scrim', Colin Scrimgeour

Colin Scrimgeour, commonly known as 'Uncle Scrim', was a Methodist missioner and campaigner for social justice in 1930s Auckland. Scrim's extremely popular Sunday-evening session on the 1ZB station, The man in the street, often addressed social issues. On 24 November 1935, the last Sunday before the upcoming election, engineers employed by the Post and Telegraph Department deliberately jammed the broadcast. It was discovered that the jamming was carried out on the orders of the director general of broadcasting, who believed that Scrimgeour would encourage people to vote for the opposition Labour Party. The resulting scandal reflected badly on the government just before the election, in which Labour won a landslide victory.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Kenneally Collection
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Kate McMillan, 'Media and politics - Democracy and freedom of the press', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Kate McMillan, published 20 Jun 2012