50 Years Ago – 5 January 1972

5 January 1972

The BBC reversed its decision to cancel a controversial programme on the future of Ulster, rejecting concerns from the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland and the British Government. The programme “A Question of Ulster – An Inquiry into the Future” was condemned by Reg Maudling, the Home Secretary, with the proposed presenter Robin Day withdrawing due to his concerns and he was replaced by Ludovic Kennedy.

Derek Ezra, the Chairman of the Coal Board, confirmed that he had offered the miners an additional cash offer in a last-minute bid to avert a large-scale strike.

The British military said that women and children had been used as shields for IRA gunmen in Belfast, following a shoot-out with a member of the Gloucestershire Regiment.