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Broadcasting EmpireThe BBC and the British World, 1922-1970$
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Simon J. Potter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568963

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568963.001.0001

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Discord, 1932–35

Discord, 1932–35

(p.46) 2 Discord, 1932–35
Broadcasting Empire

Simon J. Potter

Oxford University Press

During the early 1930s, governments created more powerful public broadcasting authorities in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, including the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC), the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC), and the New Zealand Broadcasting Board (NZBB). In Canada, the Canadian Radio League (CRL) enlisted the help of the BBC to make the case for public broadcasting. However, the world economic depression hampered plans to develop broadcasting, both on a national basis in these countries, and on an imperial footing. The BBC's underfunded Empire Service did little to link up the British world, despite attempts to use sport and the monarchy to generate interest in its broadcasts. BBC recorded programmes or transcriptions similarly met with a mixed response, and the BBC for its part seemed unenthusiastic about taking reciprocal programmes from the dominions. BBC attempts to operate overseas on a rigorously public-service basis compounded its problems

Keywords:   economic depression, Canadian Radio League, Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, Australian Broadcasting Commission, New Zealand Broadcasting Board, Empire Service, short wave, transcriptions, sport, monarchy

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