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War, 1939–45

Simon J. Potter

in Broadcasting Empire

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199568963
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568963.003.0005
War, 1939–45

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The BBC supported the imperial war effort both through its broadcasts to home listeners and through its transmissions to the empire. These activities were shaped by increased state intervention, with the Ministry of Information directing the BBC's London Transcriptions Service, and the Treasury providing a grant-in-aid for the Overseas Service (the former Empire Service). Listeners in the British world, and in the USA, were targeted at the expense of listeners in the dependent colonies. Broadcasting officers were seconded from the dominions to help improve the Overseas Service, and dominion accents were heard more frequently in BBC broadcasts. The BBC also sent its own representatives overseas. Plans for an Empire Broadcasting Network failed to make much progress, but the first Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference was held on the eve of peace. To counter increased penetration of the British world by American broadcasts, the BBC supplied more entertainment transcriptions to overseas subscribers.

Keywords: Second World War; Ministry of Information; Overseas Service; America; entertainment; accents; Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference

Chapter.  18090 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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