Simon J. Potter's Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, PDF

By Simon J. Potter

ISBN-10: 0191630683

ISBN-13: 9780191630682

ISBN-10: 0199568960

ISBN-13: 9780199568963

Broadcasting was once born simply because the British empire reached its maximum territorial quantity, and matured whereas that empire started to get to the bottom of. Radio and tv provided contemporaries the beguiling prospect that new applied sciences of mass conversation could atone for British imperial decline. In Broadcasting Empire, Simon J. Potter indicates how, from the Nineteen Twenties, the BBC used broadcasting to unite audiences at domestic with the British settler diaspora in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. excessive tradition, royal ceremonial, activity, or even comedy have been harnessed to this finish, really at the BBC Empire carrier, the predecessor of cutting-edge global carrier. Belatedly, in the course of the Nineteen Fifties, the BBC additionally started to give some thought to the position of broadcasting in Africa and Asia, as a way to inspire 'development' and to strive against resistance to persisted colonial rule. even though, through the Sixties, as decolonization entered its ultimate, sped up section, the BBC staged its personal imperial retreat.

This is the 1st full-length, scholarly research to envision either the house and in a foreign country elements of the BBC's imperial challenge. Drawing on new archival proof, it demonstrates how the BBC's family and imperial roles, whereas likely particular, in truth exerted a robust effect over each other. Broadcasting Empire makes a tremendous contribution to our knowing of the transnational background of broadcasting, emphasising geopolitical rivalries and tensions among British and American makes an attempt to exert effect at the world's radio and tv systems.

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The men who sit at the top, the ageing generals, the chairmen of gas boards, the ineffective professors, the uninspired journalists . . 23 Maurice Gorham, who joined the BBC a year before Fielden, similarly suspected that ‘BBC executives dreamt of a BBC untroubled by broadcasts. ’24 The BBC did in fact broadcast a reasonably wide range of programmes during the 1920s, both in terms of music (much of it performed live by the BBC’s own bands and orchestras) and the spoken word (including talks, drama, news, and children’s and religious programmes).

King’s Liberals were replaced by R. B. 50 E M P I R E B ROA D C A S T I N G T H E B B C WAY Thus, by 1929, broadcasting in the British Empire did not correspond to a clear or finished pattern. Services in India and the tropical colonies were virtually non-existent. In the dominions, by contrast, many private stations had been established, some had successfully developed significant local audiences, and most were run on a commercial basis. Some public involvement in broadcasting had been established in New Zealand and Australia, and in Canada the CNR operated network broadcasts on something approximating a public-service basis.

They would also be allowed to sell some airtime to advertisers. 36 Fisk meanwhile proposed to take hybridization a stage further, and win control of technical networking arrangements for AWA. He argued that private competition was only necessary in the field of programme production: technical operations could be managed more efficiently as a monopoly, and Fisk lobbied the Australian postmaster-general to grant AWA this privilege. 37 Fisk was British-born and a devoted proponent of imperial unity throughout his life.

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