IRD Distribution Patterns and Media Operations

John Jenks

in British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623143
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651344 | DOI:
IRD Distribution Patterns and Media Operations

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This chapter addresses the Information Research Department (IRD)'s wary yet persistent relationship with journalists and publicists. The IRD depended on networks of information officers, information bureaucrats, clients, literary agents, feature syndicates, broadcasters and scoop-hungry journalists to discreetly get its propaganda to the desired markets. Its editorial section worked with individual reporters and news syndicates in London to get more specifically tailored news into the media. The special responsibilities of broadcasting to Communist Eastern Europe led to a tight relationship. After nearly 10 years of operations, the IRD was satisfied with the work they were doing. The careful examination of its media operations clearly shows that the British and overseas operations were inextricably linked, and they grew more so into the 1950s as the operation became more sophisticated and expansive.

Keywords: Information Research Department; broadcasting; Communist Eastern Europe; media operations; London; propaganda

Chapter.  8560 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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