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Broadcasting Empire: The BBC and the British World, 1922-1970

Simon J. Potter


This book analyses the attempts of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to use broadcasting as a tool of empire. From an early stage the corporation sought to unite home listeners with their counterparts in the wider British world, particularly in the British settler diaspora in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The BBC saw this as part of its public-service mandate, and also as a means to strengthen its position at home: by broadcasting to and about the empire, it built up its own broadcasting empire. The BBC encouraged overseas the spread of the British approach to broa ... More

Keywords: BBC, broadcasting, radio, television, empire, Commonwealth, Britishness, British world, World Service, Second World War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568963
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568963.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon J. Potter, author
Reader in Modern History, University of Bristol