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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 Crawford Committee

The Crawford Committee

(p.299) 1. The Crawford Committee
The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of the Crawford Committee in the initial efforts to create a charter for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It explains that prior to the start of the committee's work in November 1925, Sir Evelyn Murray presented them with a memorandum on broadcasting. Murray upheld J.C.W. Reith's call for unified control and proposed that the best way to manage broadcasting companies was by setting up a corporation with a widely representative governing body. The committee also sided with Reith's opinion that constitutional change should be associated with executive continuity.

Keywords:   Crawford Committee, Sir Evelyn Murray, broadcasting, Reith, unified control, executive continuity

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