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The Sykes Committee

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/9780192129260.003.0013
The Sykes Committee

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This chapter discusses the work of the Sykes Committee in evaluating the broadcasting sector in Great Britain. It describes the organization of the committee, headed by Sir Frederick Sykes, which included ten members, four of which were members of Parliament. One of the contentious recommendations of the committee is that a single broadcasting license should be substituted for the existing experimental and broadcasting licences. While the committee paid a warm tribute to the ability of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), it did not endorse the existing system of finance by royalties.

Keywords: Sykes Committee; broadcasting; Great Britain; Sir Frederick Sykes; members of Parliament; broadcasting licenses; royalties

Chapter.  7980 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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