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The War of WordsThe History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume III$
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Asa Briggs

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192129567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129567.001.0001

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An Alternative Programme

An Alternative Programme

Chapter:
3. An Alternative Programme
Source:
The War of Words
Author(s):

Asa Briggs

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129567.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) introduction of an alternative programme in September 1939 after it was restricted to only one programme at the start of World War 2. It explains that while the Air Ministry was adamant on the subject of a single programme, the BBC Control Board did not drop the subject which quickly began to be linked with the question of how best to entertain British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) stationed in France. It highlights the Air Ministry's approval of the use of 342-meter wavelength for BBC's programmes for BEF.

Keywords:   alternative programme, World War 2, Air Ministry, British Expeditionary Forces, France

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