An Introductory History of British Broadcasting

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - Social Science - 296 pages
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This is an accessible and concise history of British radio and television. The book considers the nature and evolution of broadcasting, the growth of broadcasting institutions and the relation of broadcasting to a wider political and social context.
Beginning with the genesis of radio at the turn of the century, Crisell discusses key moments in media history from the first wireless broadcast in 1920 to the present. Key topics covered include:
* The establishment of the BBC in 1927
* The general strike, notions of public service broadcasting and the cultural values of the BBC
* Broadcasting in wartime
* The heyday of radio in the 1940s and 1950s and the rise of television
* BBC2, Channel 4 and minority television
* The changing role of radio in a television age
* The convergence of broadcasting and other media
* Future issues for broadcasting.

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Andrew Crisell lectures in Media and Communication at the University of Sunderland. He is the author of Understanding Radio. He has also written on aspects of television history and cultural genre and has worked as a producer in local and community radio, making educational features and entertainment programmes.

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