‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’

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:
‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’

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This chapter examines the problems, difficulties, and frustrations of the British Broadcasting Corporation in its early existence from 1923 to 1925. It suggests that the dispute between the BBC and the British Post Office during the early months of 1932 was a major factor in BBC's larger problems. It explains that the dispute gave the company's numerous enemies an excellent opportunity for attacking BBC before broadcasting had been established. It mentions the increase in the number of applications for broadcasting licenses and describes J.C.W. Reith's actions and strategies for resolving the BBC's problems.

Keywords: British Post Office; dispute; Reith; broadcasting licenses

Chapter.  7599 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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