By Simon J. Potter
Broadcasting used to be born simply because the British empire reached its maximum territorial volume, and matured whereas that empire started to resolve. Radio and tv provided contemporaries the beguiling prospect that new applied sciences of mass communique may perhaps make amends for British imperial decline. In Broadcasting Empire, Simon J. Potter indicates how, from the Nineteen Twenties, the BBC used broadcasting to unite audiences at domestic with the British settler diaspora in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. excessive tradition, royal ceremonial, game, or even comedy have been harnessed to this finish, really at the BBC Empire provider, the predecessor of modern day international provider. Belatedly, throughout the Nineteen Fifties, the BBC additionally started to examine the position of broadcasting in Africa and Asia, as a way to motivate 'development' and to strive against resistance to persevered colonial rule. even though, throughout the Nineteen Sixties, as decolonization entered its ultimate, speeded up part, the BBC staged its personal imperial retreat.
This is the 1st full-length, scholarly learn to ascertain either the house and out of the country facets of the BBC's imperial project. Drawing on new archival proof, it demonstrates how the BBC's household and imperial roles, whereas doubtless exact, actually exerted a robust effect over each other. Broadcasting Empire makes an enormous contribution to our realizing of the transnational heritage of broadcasting, emphasising geopolitical rivalries and tensions among British and American makes an attempt to exert impact at the world's radio and tv systems.
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See also Barnouw, History of Broadcasting in the United States, ii, The Golden Web: 1933 to 1953 (New York, 1968), 57–8; Alice Goldfarb Marquis, ‘Written on the Wind: the Impact of Radio during the 1930s’, Journal of Contemporary History, 19/3 (July, 1984), 385–415; and Susan Smulyan, Selling Radio: the Commercialization of American Broadcasting, 1920–1934 (Washington, DC and London, 1994). 5 Bruce Lenthall, Radio’s America: the Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture (Chicago, 2007).
Reith to H. D. Vickery, 8 January 1936, WAC, E1/1095. Reith diary, 6 June 1935, WAC, S60/5/4/2. On Long and Coughlin see Lenthall, Radio’s America, 115–41. 20 Broadcasting Empire During the inter-war years the BBC sought to export the principles of public broadcasting overseas. This was not just because they believed those principles to be superior to American commercial methods. Spreading the British model overseas would help perpetuate British cultural influence, and contain Americanization. In the dominions, as in many other places, the American and British approaches certainly became key reference points for those seeking to regulate broadcasting, or to use it to make money, or serve a particular political, social, or cultural purpose.
47 While the new system was being introduced in Australia, the Canadian government was also examining the case for public broadcasting. A series of disputes over controversial religious broadcasts by, and allocation of wavelengths to, private stations was the most obvious reason for the establishment of a Royal Commission on Radio Broadcasting. The Liberal Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King already had some knowledge of how the CNR and BBC radio networks operated, and he appointed to the commission Charles A.