BBC Experiments in local radio broadcasting 1961-62

Linfoot, M. 2019. BBC Experiments in local radio broadcasting 1961-62. Media History. 25 (3), pp. 324-335. https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2018.1487780

TitleBBC Experiments in local radio broadcasting 1961-62
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLinfoot, M.
Abstract

In the early 1960s, the BBC was given the opportunity to demonstrate that it had the skills and resources to create localized broadcasting, by organizing a series of experimental stations across the UK. Although the output was not heard publicly, the results were played to the Pilkington Committee on Broadcasting, who were deliberating about the future direction of radio and television. Using archival research, featuring contemporary BBC documents, this paper argues that these experimental stations helped senior managers at the BBC to harness technological innovation with changing attitudes in society and culture, thus enabling them to formulate a strategy that put the BBC in the leading position to launch local radio a few years later in 1967.

KeywordsRadio
BBC
Community Media
Local Radio
Media History
Broadcasting History
Broadcasting Radio
Public Service Broadcasting
JournalMedia History
Journal citation25 (3), pp. 324-335
ISSN1368-8804
Year2019
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13688804.2018.1487780
Publication dates
Published online21 Jun 2018
Published in print2019

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