London calling: Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War

Webb, Alban (2014) London calling: Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War. Bloomsbury, London & New York. ISBN 9781472515018

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From its inception in 1932, overseas broadcasting by the BBC quickly became an essential adjunct to British diplomatic and foreign policy objectives. For this reason, the World Service was considered the primary means of engaging with attitudes and opinions behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Although funded by government Grant-in-Aid, the Service's editorial independence was enshrined in the BBC's Charter, Licence and Agreement. London Calling explores the delicate balance of power that lay in the relations between Whitehall and the World Service during the Cold War.

This book also assesses the nature and impact of the World Service's programmes on listeners living in the Eastern bloc countries. In doing so, it traces the evolution of overseas broadcasting from Britain alongside the political, diplomatic and fiscal challenges that the country faced right up to the Suez crisis and the 1956 Hungarian uprising. These were defining experiences for the United Kingdom's international broadcaster that, as a consequence, helped shape and define the BBC World Service as we know it today. London Calling is an important study for anyone interested in the media and foreign policy histories of Great Britain or the history of the Cold War more generally.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Arts and Humanities > Media and Film
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
D History > D History (General) > D031 Political and diplomatic history
D History > D History (General)
D History > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History > DA History of Great Britain
D History > DAW History of Central Europe
D History > DJK History of Eastern Europe (General)
D History > DT History of Africa > DT0043 Egypt
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Alban Webb
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 09:27
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2021 12:59
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