The BBC: A People's History (Hardback)
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The BBC: A People's History (Hardback)

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Hardback 656 Pages / Published: 27/01/2022
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Ground-breaking, deeply researched and compellingly told, Hendy’s magisterial tome charts the BBC’s first hundred years during which this now global institution has shaped Britain as an indomitable force for cultural change.

In 1922, three men - only one of whom had previously heard of 'broadcasting' - founded the BBC. In doing so, Arthur Burrows, Cecil Lewis, and John Reith set out to accomplish something utterly bold: using what had been a weapon of war - Marconi's wireless - to remake culture for the good of humanity.

In The BBC: A People's History, professor and historian David Hendy traces the BBC from its maverick beginnings through war, the creation of television, changing public taste, austerity and massive cultural change. The BBC has constantly evolved, developing from one radio station, to television, then multiple channels and now the competition with the internet and streaming services.

This is a history of a now global institution that defines Britain and created modern broadcasting; it is also a reflection of 100 years of British history.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781255254
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 849 g
Dimensions: 238 x 158 x 52 mm
Edition: Main


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'David Hendy's magisterial The BBC: A People's History is a truly wonderful book. Captivating, compelling, moving, and richly detailed it is both a ground-breaking and important history of our national broadcaster and one of the best things I have read on the transformation of British society, culture, and politics since the 1920s' - Matt Houlbrook, Professor of Cultural History at University of Birmingham

'A superb account of an institution that was both the Auntie and Teenage Rebel of British society from the Great War to the culture wars. David Hendy stages a cast of brilliant and sometimes flawed characters in a page-turning narrative. Quite simply wonderful' - Robert Gildea, Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford

'Sympathetic but never uncritical, a masterpiece of lucid presentation, and about the programme makers and footsoldiers as much as about the suits in Broadcasting House, this is the authoritative, much-needed history of the BBC's first century - a century at the heart of British everyday life. I hope it does its bit to counter the vandals' - David Kynaston, historian and Visiting Professor at Kingston University

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