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The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless$
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Asa Briggs

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192129307

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129307.001.0001

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Personalities and Performance

(p.xvi) (p.1) 1 Introduction
The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume II: The Golden Age of Wireless

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

In January 1927 the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) assumed the responsibilities of the four-year-old British Broadcasting Company. This chapter discusses the personalities and their performance and the official policies of the BBC in its initial period. Sir John Reith as the first Director-General of the BBC played an important role in its success. The wireless was adopted as a crucial component of the institutional apparatus of the BBC. The BBC created a niche image for itself during the 1930s as a great British institution. The chapter also briefly covers wireless and television sets of this contemporaneous time. Moreover, it also provides an introduction to the other chapters in the book.

Keywords:   British Broadcasting Corporation, British Broadcasting Company, Sir John Reith, wireless

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