Revisiting transnational broadcasting: the BBC'S foreign-language services during the Second World War

Stephanie Seul*, Nelson Ribeiro

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalMedia History
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • BBC
  • Broadcasting
  • Propaganda
  • Public diplomacy
  • Second World War
  • Transnational media

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