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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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Politics, Religion, and Society

Politics, Religion, and Society

5. Politics, Religion, and Society
The War of Words

Asa Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) wartime broadcasting about politics, religion, and society. It describes the criticisms of listeners to BBC broadcasters, including J.B. Priestly, for expressing their opinion about politics. It explains that that in 1942 the borderline between religion and politics seemed to be one of the most dangerous frontiers argued about. It discusses the dilemma of the BBC on whether to maintain free access to the microphone or exercise discipline in what the government believed were the interests of the nation.

Keywords:   wartime broadcasting, politics, religion, society, Priestly, free access

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