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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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Amateurs and Professionals

Amateurs and Professionals

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3. Amateurs and Professionals
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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/9780192129260.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the emergence of wireless amateurs and broadcasting professionals in Great Britain in 1920. It argues that the enthusiasm of the amateurs filed the gap between the cessation of the Marconi Company's experiments and the authorization of short regular broadcast programmes of words and music in January 1922. It explains that the Postmaster-General rescinded his veto on broadcasting after receiving a petition signed by representatives of sixty-three wireless societies with more than 3,000 members. After the decision of the Postmaster-General, the Marconi Company was able to launch its first broad on February 14, 1922 in Writtle, which served as the nucleus of the brain trusts of the technical side of British broadcasting.

Keywords:   wireless amateurs, broadcasting professionals, Great Britain, Marconi Company, broadcast programmes, Writtle

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