Organizing a new medium: the emergence of radio broadcasting in Europe

Klaus Arnold, Nelson Ribeiro, Barbara Köpplová, Jan Cebe

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Radio broadcasting began to emerge in European countries in the 1920s. Pressures to start radio broadcasting mainly came from the industry and from radio amateurs. Though initially private companies played an important role, the state was the main actor in almost all European countries. State officials and governments aimed to control radio broadcasting in unruly times characterized by deep ideological divides and economic crises. Politically controversial programs were a rare exception in these early years. Despite all differences, the developments in democratic and authoritarian countries were not without similarities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of European Communication History
EditorsKlaus Arnold, Paschal Preston, Susanne Kinnebrock
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781119161783
ISBN (Print)9781119161622
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2019


  • Radio broadcasting
  • BBC
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Czechoslovakia
  • Portugal
  • State control
  • Wireless


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