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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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‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’

‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’

(p.133) 1. ‘Frustrations, Difficulties, and Deadlock’
The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the problems, difficulties, and frustrations of the British Broadcasting Corporation in its early existence from 1923 to 1925. It suggests that the dispute between the BBC and the British Post Office during the early months of 1932 was a major factor in BBC's larger problems. It explains that the dispute gave the company's numerous enemies an excellent opportunity for attacking BBC before broadcasting had been established. It mentions the increase in the number of applications for broadcasting licenses and describes J.C.W. Reith's actions and strategies for resolving the BBC's problems.

Keywords:   British Post Office, dispute, Reith, broadcasting licenses

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