Chapter

The Post Office Proposes

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129260
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670008 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0007
The Post Office Proposes

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This chapter explores the role of the British Post Office in the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It explains that F.J. Brown was the Post Office official directly concerned with the organisation of broadcasting and that the legal power of the Postmaster-General to concern himself with broadcasting derived from two pieces of legislation. These were the 1869 Telegraph Act and the 1904 Wireless Telegraphy Act. It discusses the Post Office's recognition of the importance of the commercial interests in the future of broadcasting.

Keywords: British Post Office; 1869 Telegraph Act; 1904 Wireless Telegraphy Act; commercial interests

Chapter.  5506 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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