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The General Strike

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/9780192129260.003.0024
The General Strike

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This chapter highlights the influence of the general strike of May 3–12, 1926 in Great Britain on the debate on the charter of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It discusses the importance of the chronological timing of the strike in relation to the development and formation of attitudes towards both of the government and of the public. It also describes the role of the BBC on the general course of the general strike by assisting the government in handling the problem and in serving to check the application of more drastic measures which a minority within the government was seriously prepared to contemplate.

Keywords: general strike; Great Britain; broadcasting; charter; government; public

Chapter.  9602 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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