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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 Sykes Committee

The Sykes Committee

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(p.150) 2. The Sykes Committee
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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/9780192129260.003.0013

This chapter discusses the work of the Sykes Committee in evaluating the broadcasting sector in Great Britain. It describes the organization of the committee, headed by Sir Frederick Sykes, which included ten members, four of which were members of Parliament. One of the contentious recommendations of the committee is that a single broadcasting license should be substituted for the existing experimental and broadcasting licences. While the committee paid a warm tribute to the ability of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), it did not endorse the existing system of finance by royalties.

Keywords:   Sykes Committee, broadcasting, Great Britain, Sir Frederick Sykes, members of Parliament, broadcasting licenses, royalties

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