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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 Content of Programmes

The Content of Programmes

2. The Content of Programmes
The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the content of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) radio programmes from 1923 to 1925. J.C.W. Reith believed that that to use a great invention for the purpose of entertainment alone would a prostitution of its powers and an insult to the character and intelligence of the people. However, in practice, it was difficult to draw a sharp dividing line between entertainment and education. This chapter explains that jazz bands, popular music, radio drama, and sketches by humorists figured regularly in BBC programmes during this period.

Keywords:   radio programmes, entertainment, education, jazz bands, popular music, radio drama

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