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Brigadier Ronnie Stonham was the Special Assistant to the Director of Personnel at the BBC until 1985 who was caught up in the scandal over MI5 monitoring of potential staff. He occupied Room 105 at Broadcasting House in London, UK from 1982, following his departure from the Army, until October 1988.
The Director of Personnel during Stonham's tenure at the BBC was Christopher Martin. Stonham's role was to liaise with MI5 regarding whether candidates for roles at the broadcasting corporation had suspicious political connections, particularly with communism.
Sir Hugh Greene, a former Director-General of the BBC, said about Security Service vetting of BBC job applicants:
I was vetted in 1940. MI5 thought I was a Communist but it turned out to be a mistake.
I don't know about room 105, but it does sound like a good title for a drama series.
Talks over making the story of the operations of Room 105 into a film are scheduled, although exact details have yet to be released.
The episode involving Stonham, MI5, the BBC and several employees was written up in the Observer and in a book by Mark Hollingsworth and Richard Norton-Taylor. The relevant chapter in the book is here: http://bilderberg.org/mi5bbc.htm and is cited in the Wikipedia entry for Michael Rosen.
- BBC Freedom of Information statement regarding Room 105 and the vetting of BBC staff by MI5 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/foi/docs/freedom_of_information/selected_requests_and_responses/2006/SR2006000189_MI5_Monitoring_of_Staff.pdf
- "The Blacklist in Room 105" - http://www.cambridgeclarion.org/press_cuttings/mi5.bbc.page9_obs_18aug1985.html
- Time Magazine (1985-09-02). "The Secret of Room 105: Another embarrassing disclosure for the BBC". Retrieved 2008-07-31.