Broadcasting as a Public Service

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:
Broadcasting as a Public Service

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This chapter examines the commitment of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to the principle of broadcasting as a public service. It explains J.C.W. Reith's opinion that the public service aspect of broadcasting had four facets. These include the operation of BBC for making money not for the sake of profits, national coverage, and unified control. This chapter also discusses the series of negotiations between Reith and the British Post Office concerning the finances of BBC.

Keywords: broadcasting; public service; Reith; national coverage; unified control; profit; finances; British Post Office

Chapter.  8072 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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