Darrell M. Newton

in Paving the Empire Road

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780719081675
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702840 | DOI:

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This chapter explores a multitude of publications on British television history that have both hailed and deconstructed the policies and influences of the BBC. Since 1922, the organisation has attempted to serve audiences with an intention to inform and acculturate them on every subject deemed acceptable. Within its development, a public service agenda was an essential part of programming practices, influenced greatly by Sir John Reith, who, despite his extreme dislike for both politicians and television, later served as the Director-General of the organisation during its first sixteen years of service. Prior to his departure in 1938, the first public demonstration of the Baird Television System took place and audiences had a choice of musical variety programmes, and a host of dramatic teleplays and informational talks, each demonstrating the ability of television to hopefully do what BBC radio had done for nearly fifteen years: entertain and inform a variety of publics on current, global and national events.

Keywords: publications; British television; British Broadcasting Corporation; public service agenda; Baird Television System; dramatic teleplays

Chapter.  5874 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Television

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