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Robert Blake and Wm. Roger Louis

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206262.001.0001

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Churchill, Radio, and Cinema

Churchill, Radio, and Cinema

(p.215) 13 Churchill, Radio, and Cinema

Paul Addison

Oxford University Press

Winston Churchill's acquaintance with radio began before 1914. After his unhappy experiences with Guglielmo Marconi and David Lloyd George, he learnt as First Lord of the Admiralty the value of radio for naval communications. Regular public programmes from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) started in 1922. Churchill's first broadcast was of a speech delivered at the London School of Economics on June 27, 1924. He established a popular reputation to challenge Adolf Hitler largely by appearances on radio and in the cinema where he had been virtually unheard and unseen for a decade. During the Second World War, Churchill gave fifty-six broadcasts, forty-nine of them as Prime Minister, to British audiences. Recordings of many Churchill speeches are held in the BBC Sound Archive and can be heard most readily in the National Sound Archive of the British Library in Kensington.

Keywords:   Winston Churchill, radio, broadcasts, naval communications, British Broadcasting Company, cinema, Adolf Hitler, speeches, Second World War, National Sound Archive

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