A Year of Climax

Asa Briggs

in The War of Words

Published in print March 1995 | ISBN: 9780192129567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670022 | DOI:
A Year of Climax

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This chapter discusses the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) programming after the defeat of Germany. It explains that the BBC had begun to consider as early as October 1943 what form its programmes should take immediately following an armistice with Germany. It highlights BBC Director-General William Haley's plan to seek balance rejoicing, thanksgiving, tribute, and warning; and describes the talks prepared for the autumn of 1944 which included ‘full employment’ and ‘reconstruction’.

Keywords: Germany; armistice; William Haley; employment; reconstruction

Chapter.  6670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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