Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129307
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670015 | DOI:

Series: History of Broadcasting


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In January 1927 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) assumed the responsibilities of the four-year-old British Broadcasting Company. This chapter discusses the personalities and their performance and the official policies of the BBC in its initial period. Sir John Reith as the first Director-General of the BBC played an important role in its success. The wireless was adopted as a crucial component of the institutional apparatus of the BBC. The BBC created a niche image for itself during the 1930s as a great British institution. The chapter also briefly covers wireless and television sets of this contemporaneous time. Moreover, it also provides an introduction to the other chapters in the book.

Keywords: British Broadcasting Corporation; British Broadcasting Company; Sir John Reith; wireless

Chapter.  6806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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