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The War of WordsThe History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom: Volume III$
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Asa Briggs

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780192129567

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129567.001.0001

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‘Triple Expansion’

‘Triple Expansion’

3. ‘Triple Expansion’
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the triple expansion of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 1942. It suggests the idea of a large-scale extension of BBC overseas services had first taken shape in the autumn of 1940 in response to the volume of foreign-language broadcasting. The objectives of the expansion included providing the BBC with enhanced power to convey to all parts of the world truthful news and exposition of British policy, and grew to countering and discrediting the enemy cause within the enemy countries and among populations subject in enemy occupied territories.

Keywords:   triple expansion, overseas services, foreign broadcasting, British policy, enemy cause, occupied territories

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