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Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media

Radio Fun and the BBC Variety Department, 1922—67

Comedy and Popular Music on Air

Authors: Dibbs, Martin

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  • Focuses ​on the history and work of the BBC Variety Department from the pre-Variety period until the reorganisation of the BBC’s radio networks
  • Explores the work of the Department during the post-war period, so far a significant yet neglected period in time 
  • Provides insight into key events, personalities, programmes, censorship and anti-American policy 
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This book provides a narrative history of the BBC Radio Variety Department exploring, along chronological lines, the workings of, tensions within and the impact of BBC policies on the programme-making department which generated the organisation’s largest audiences. It provides an insight into key events, personalities, programmes, internal politics and trends in popular entertainment, censorship and anti-American policy as they individually or collectively affected the Department. Martin Dibbs examines how the Department's programmes became markers in the daily and weekly lives of millions of listeners, and helped shape the nation's listening habits when radio was the dominant source of domestic entertainment. The book explores events and topics which, while not directly forming part of the Variety Department’s history, nevertheless intersected with or had an impact on it. Such topics include the BBC’s attitude to jazz and rock and roll, the arrival of television with its impact on radio, the pirate radio stations, and the Popular Music and Gramophone Departments, both of whom worked closely with the Variety Department.

About the authors

Martin Dibbs is an independent scholar and freelance musician. His early education over the airwaves, courtesy of Lord Reith, stimulated a lifelong interest in British radio history. A Londoner by birth, he now lives in the East Neuk of Fife and is currently working on a book about jazz at the BBC.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95609-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-95608-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radio Fun and the BBC Variety Department, 1922—67
Book Subtitle
Comedy and Popular Music on Air
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95609-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95609-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95608-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 298
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