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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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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

(p.71) 1. Behind the Scenes
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Great Britain's first experience of World War 2 on September 3, 1939 with a broadcast and an air-raid warning. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made the announcement that Britain was at war with Germany and was fighting against ‘evil things’. This chapter also discusses the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) meticulous preparations for the dispersal of its staff and the introduction of the single programme, which was necessary for defence reasons.

Keywords:   World War 2, Great Britain, single programme, Neville Chamberlain

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