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The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume IThe Birth of Broadcasting$
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Asa Briggs

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192129260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.001.0001

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The Post Office Proposes

The Post Office Proposes

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(p.85) 1. The Post Office Proposes
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The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I
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Asa Briggs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0007

This chapter explores the role of the British Post Office in the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It explains that F.J. Brown was the Post Office official directly concerned with the organisation of broadcasting and that the legal power of the Postmaster-General to concern himself with broadcasting derived from two pieces of legislation. These were the 1869 Telegraph Act and the 1904 Wireless Telegraphy Act. It discusses the Post Office's recognition of the importance of the commercial interests in the future of broadcasting.

Keywords:   British Post Office, 1869 Telegraph Act, 1904 Wireless Telegraphy Act, commercial interests

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