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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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Broadcasting as a Public Service

Broadcasting as a Public Service

(p.209) 1. Broadcasting as a Public Service
The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the commitment of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to the principle of broadcasting as a public service. It explains J.C.W. Reith's opinion that the public service aspect of broadcasting had four facets. These include the operation of BBC for making money not for the sake of profits, national coverage, and unified control. This chapter also discusses the series of negotiations between Reith and the British Post Office concerning the finances of BBC.

Keywords:   broadcasting, public service, Reith, national coverage, unified control, profit, finances, British Post Office

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