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London Calling : Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War - Alban Webb

London Calling

Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War


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From its inception in 1932, overseas broadcasting by the BBC quickly became an essential adjunct to British diplomatic and foreign policy objectives. For this reason, the World Service was considered the primary means of engaging with attitudes and opinions behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Although funded by government Grant-in-Aid, the Service's editorial independence was enshrined in the BBC's Charter, Licence and Agreement. London Calling explores the delicate balance of power that lay in the relations between Whitehall and the World Service during the Cold War. This book also assesses the nature and impact of the World Service's programmes on listeners living in the Eastern bloc countries. In doing so, it traces the evolution of overseas broadcasting from Britain alongside the political, diplomatic and fiscal challenges that the country faced right up to the Suez crisis and the 1956 Hungarian uprising. These were defining experiences for the United Kingdom's international broadcaster that, as a consequence, helped shape and define the BBC World Service as we know it today. London Calling is an important study for anyone interested in the media and foreign policy histories of Great Britain or the history of the Cold War more generally. Winner of the Longman History Today Book of the Year Award 2015

Alban Webb expertly reveals the special war of the ether which West and East waged against each other during the all-too-tangible Cold War. In these pages the aerials hum once more and the men and women who made them do so, to considerable effect, also breathe again. Peter Hennessy, Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary University of London, UK This is what a good history should do: both reveal new narratives as well as whet our anticipation for other good stories that might be told. Alban Webb has given us in London Calling, with all the hallmarks, a good BBC history. -- James Schwoch History Transnational Alban Webb has given us in London Calling, with all the hallmarks, a good BBC history. Perhaps the author will produce more research about the BBC. I hope so. I also suspect he knows that for Great Britain in the 21st century, the sun may now be finally setting on the Union Jack. But Alban Webb also knows and shows that for media historians, the sun shows no signs of setting on the history of the BBC. -- James Schwoch H-Net

Introduction Part I - From Total War to Cold War 1. Planning for Peace 2. The Home Front 3. The Cold War Challenge Part II - Inter-National Service 4. The Imagined Audience 5. The Radio Arms Race Part III - Global Reach 6. Mapping the Cold War 7. Austerity Britain Part IV - Battlefields 8. The Soviet Challenge 9. Hungary 10. Suez Conclusion Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781472515018
ISBN-10: 1472515013
Audience: General
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1