Politics, Religion, and Society

Asa Briggs

in The War of Words

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670022 | DOI:
Politics, Religion, and Society

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This chapter focuses on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) wartime broadcasting about politics, religion, and society. It describes the criticisms of listeners to BBC broadcasters, including J.B. Priestly, for expressing their opinion about politics. It explains that that in 1942 the borderline between religion and politics seemed to be one of the most dangerous frontiers argued about. It discusses the dilemma of the BBC on whether to maintain free access to the microphone or exercise discipline in what the government believed were the interests of the nation.

Keywords: wartime broadcasting; politics; religion; society; Priestly; free access

Chapter.  16814 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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