Not quite a ministerial broadcast, but a small piece of national crisis/TV history. Ian McDonald, the MoD spokesman whose lengthy briefings on the Falklands War were carried live and uninterrupted by BBC and ITN, and became quite a cult figure in the early 1980s, has died: (paywall)

Here he is announcing the sinking of HMS Sheffield.

It’s was an extraordinary period. No incessant captions plastered all over the screen while he was speaking, ‘explaining’ what he was saying, such as you get today. Just him, and a clean full frame uncluttered picture.

I can see why BBC Parly has been having record audiences recently with its non nonsense Brexit coverage
itsrobert, London Lite and Night Thoughts gave kudos