|Central Office of
formerly the Ministry of Information
...Educating the people
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The task of reassuring the masses and advising them of the responsible thing to do, in times of crisis, should naturally be delivered by the Government, which was exactly the remit of the Ministry...
Ministry of Information
From 1939 to 1945 the Ministry of Information was responsible for publicity and propaganda in aid of the war effort providing news and press censorship, both at home and abroad.
The Crown Film Unit
Producing well known classics such as 'Night Mail' the GPO Film Unit was established in 1933. In 1940 it was renamed the Crown Film Unit following its transfer to the Ministry of Information.
Central Office of Information
On 1st April 1946 the Central Office of Information (COI) took over many of the responsibilities which were previously the remit of the Ministry of Information.
Under the direction of departmental ministers and answerable to Parliament, the COI was concerned with overseas publicity, cultural, educational and trade operations.
In May 1972 the COI was placed under the control of the Civil Service.
On the 31st March 2012, the COI finally closed its doors.
Quote from the website: "Over the past 66 years, COI helped to produce highly-effective government communication and marketing campaigns that became part of the UK's collective consciousness."
A newly restructured Government Communication Network (GCN), a professional body within the Civil Service, is taking on some of the activities.
Quote from the website: "Government communication is entering a new chapter to help us meet the twin challenges of continuing to deliver excellent communication programmes while playing our full part in helping to reduce the deficit."
On 7th May 2012 ITV1 screened 'Britain Beware' an Ade Edmondson (The Young Ones) presentation of a batch of 'COI' gems.
Telephonist - A COI produced Leaflet
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PIFs (Public Information Films at 625 Andrew Wiseman's TV Room
Search records at The National Archives
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