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Organization: The Growth of an Institution

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192129307
eISBN:
9780191670015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129307.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

The chapter is concerned with the development of the BBC as a public corporation. The first Director-General of the BBC, Sir John Reith, told staff that ‘there is more in the BBC than just ... More


Diversity, 1922–31

Simon J. Potter

in Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922-1970

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199568963
eISBN:
9780191741821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568963.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

During the inter-war years, BBC officers sought to encourage the spread overseas of the British approach to broadcasting, and prevent the American model of commercial network broadcasting from being ... More


From Peace to War

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192129307
eISBN:
9780191670015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129307.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter provides information regarding the BBC during the time leading up to the Second World War. The first Director-General, Sir John Reith, left the BBC in June 1938 and the Ullswater ... More


Listening In

Ross McKibbin

in Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198206729
eISBN:
9780191677298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206729.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter deals with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), its relations with its listening audience, and the way in which the corporation reacted to the commercial stations. It considers ... More


Introduction: Personalities and Performance

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192129307
eISBN:
9780191670015
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129307.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

In January 1927 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) assumed the responsibilities of the four-year-old British Broadcasting Company. This chapter discusses the personalities and their ... More


Annexing the Oracular Voice: Form, Ideology, and the BBC

Debra Rae Cohen

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033495
eISBN:
9780813038315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues for a historicized model of the “radiogenic”, positing that the very contradictions and cultural tensions that surrounded the developing image of wireless under the aegis of the ... More


In the Beginning

Jürg R. Schwyter

in Dictating to the Mob: The History of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198736738
eISBN:
9780191800399
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736738.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

The early BBC was meant to entertain and to educate the masses, according to John Reith, its first managing director. This led, in 1926, to the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Spoken ... More


The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Asa Briggs

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780192129307
eISBN:
9780191670015
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129307.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This is the second volume of a four-volume history of broadcasting in the United Kingdom. This volume covers the period from the beginning of 1927, when the BBC ceased to be a private company and ... More


Governing science on BBC radio in 1930s Britain: religion, eugenics and war

Ralph Desmarais

in Scientific Governance in Britain, 1914-79

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780719090981
eISBN:
9781526115133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719090981.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the 1930s, in fulfilment of its adult education obligations as a public service monopoly organisation, the fledgling British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired more than a hundred domestic ... More


“We Speak to India”: T. S. Eliot’s Wartime Broadcasts and the Frontiers of Culture

Michael Coyle

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033495
eISBN:
9780813038315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Historians often use the outbreak of war to mark breaks in historical development, but Eliot's radio work suggests the extent to which even the cataclysm of war should be understood in terms of ... More


The Contexts of Programme-Making

Amanda Wrigley

in Greece on Air: Engagements with Ancient Greece on BBC Radio, 1920s–1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199644780
eISBN:
9780191760150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644780.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Chapter 2 discusses significant contexts in which radio programmes drawing on ancient Greece may productively be considered. Factors such as John Reith’s formative idea to broadcast the nation’s ... More


Dictating to the Mob: The History of the BBC Advisory Committee on Spoken English

Jürg R. Schwyter

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780198736738
eISBN:
9780191800399
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736738.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

In the early years of the BBC under John Reith, its Advisory Committee on Spoken English (1926–39) was established to settle the pronunciation of doubtful words, particularly foreign words. But the ... More


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