Revisiting transnational broadcasting : the BBC's foreign-language services during the Second World War
Title: Revisiting transnational broadcasting : the BBC's foreign-language services during the Second World War
Citation: Media history, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 365-377
ISSN: 1368-8804; 1469-9729
This article introduces a collection of original papers and research project reports considering the history of the BBC foreign-language services prior to, and during, the Second World War. The communication between the British government and foreign publics by way of mass media constituted a fundamental, if often ignored, aspect of Britain's international relations. From the 1930s onwards, transnational broadcasting, that is, broadcasting across national borders, became a major element in the conduct of Britain's diplomacy, and the BBC was employed by the government to further its diplomatic, strategic and economic interests in times of rising international tension and conflict. A review of the literature on the BBC's foreign-language broadcasts sets the stage for the presentation of the articles that compose this special issue of Media History.
Published online: 21 Oct 2015
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