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BBC World Service

Overseas Broadcasting, 1932–2018

Authors: Johnston, Gordon, Robertson, Emma

  • Examines the history of the BBC World Service, from its interwar launch, through World War Two and the Cold War, to the breakdown of the British Empire
  • Expertly analyses BBC archives and internal communications to reveal a full history of the World Service and the significance of debates about the role of the UK in the world 
  • Considers the future of the BBC both in terms of its global role but as a national broadcaster in our current politically-turbulent times 
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About this book

This book is the first full-length history of the BBC World Service: from its interwar launch as short-wave radio broadcasts for the British Empire, to its twenty-first-century incarnation as the multi-media global platform of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The book provides insights into the BBC’s working relationship with the Foreign Office, the early years of the Empire Service, and the role of the BBC during the Second World War. In following the voice of the BBC through the Cold War and the contraction of the British empire, the book argues that debates about the work and purposes of the World Service have always involved deliberations about the future of the UK and its place in the world. In current times, these debates have been shaped by the British government’s commitment to leave the European Union and the centrifugal currents in British politics which in the longer term threaten the integrity of the United Kingdom. Through a detailed exploration of its past, the book poses questions about the World Service’s possible future and argues that, for the BBC, the question is not only what it means to be a global broadcaster as we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century, but what it means to be a national broadcaster in a divided kingdom.

About the authors

Gordon Johnston is Honorary Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the editor of Social History.

Emma Robertson is Senior Lecturer in History at La Trobe University, Australia. She is the author of Chocolate, Women and Empire: A Social and Cultural History (2009) and co-author of Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain (2013).

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: November 15, 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-137-31855-8
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  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: October 18, 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-230-35560-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
BBC World Service
Book Subtitle
Overseas Broadcasting, 1932–2018
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31855-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31855-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35560-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 319
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