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The BBC: A Century on Air

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The BBC: A Century on Air

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The first in-depth history of the iconic radio and TV network that has shaped our past and present.

Doctor Who; tennis from Wimbledon; the Beatles and the Stones; the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales: for one hundred years, the British Broadcasting Corporation has been the preeminent broadcaster in the UK and around the world, a constant source of information, comfort, and entertainment through both war and peace, feast and famine.

The BBC has broadcast to over two hundred countries and in more than forty languages. Its history is a broad cultural panorama of the twentieth century itself, often, although not always, delivered in a mellifluous Oxford accent. With special access to the BBC’s archives, historian David Hendy presents a dazzling portrait of a unique institution whose cultural influence is greater than any other media organization. 

Mixing politics, espionage, the arts, social change, and everyday life, The BBC is a vivid social history of the organization that has provided both background commentary and screen-grabbing headlines—woven so deeply into the culture and politics of the past century that almost none of us has been left untouched by it.

David Hendy is a writer, broadcaster and Professor Emeritus of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex in England. His books include Life on Air: a History of Radio Four, which won the 2008 History Today-Longman Book of the Year Award and was nominated for the Orwell Prize.

ISBN: 9781610397049

ISBN-10: 9781610397049

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Publication Date: 03/29/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/29/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 656

Language: English

Categories

Social Science / Media Studies

History / Europe / Great Britain

Performing Arts / Radio / History & Criticism