BBC Portuguese service during World War II: praising Salazar while defending the allies

Nelson Ribeiro*

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Abstract

This article analyses the editorial line of the BBC Portuguese Service during World War II, presenting evidence of how the output of the broadcasts was influenced by the need of the Foreign Office to maintain a good relationship with the authoritarian regime led by Oliveira Salazar. Focusing on the internal guidelines that ruled the Service, this history demonstrates how Portuguese language broadcasts never threatened the survival of the regime that ruled in Portugal, despite the fact that towards the end of the war the station was used as a weapon to pressure Salazar to give in to British demands, namely to end exports of tungsten to Germany. A discussion is presented on the difficult task the Portuguese Service had to accomplish throughout the war: to praise a dictatorship while promoting British views on the war.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-411
Number of pages15
JournalMedia History
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Broadcasting
  • Democracy
  • Propaganda
  • Ronald Campbell
  • Tungsten exports
  • World War II diplomacy

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