From Peace to War

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

From Peace to War

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This chapter provides information regarding the BBC during the time leading up to the Second World War. The first Director-General, Sir John Reith, left the BBC in June 1938 and the Ullswater Committee recommended in its report, which shortly followed this, full governmental control over the organization in times of crisis. Questions relating to the BBC's policies in time of war, behind the scene politics, censorship arrangements, and security concerns are also discussed. The Memorandum on Protection Against Air Attack stated that the BBC should continue its broadcasting services even in any future emergency due to its impact on public opinion. In July 1938 the technical subcommittee accepted the BBC's modified plan to limit home broadcasting to two groups of medium-wave transmitters.

Keywords: British Broadcasting Corporation; Sir John Reith; Ullswater Committee; Memorandum on Protection Against Air Attack; Second World War

Chapter.  14000 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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