|Title||Sharq al-Adna: British Covert Radio and the Development of Arab Broadcasting|
Sharq al-Adna or the Near East Arab Broadcasting Station was a covert, British radio station which broadcast in Arabic from 1941 to 1956, at first from Palestine before moving to Cyprus in 1948, where it posed as a commercial station but was in reality controlled by British Special Intelligence Services until it was commandeered by the military at the time of Suez. In the intervening fifteen years, its mainly Arab staff, loosely supervised by a small number of British personnel broadcast a mixture of music, drama, discussion, educational and religious material, together with a subtle British slant to its news output. Based on archival sources including the memoirs of some of those involved some material originally published in Arabic, this article assesses the station’s contribution to British propaganda efforts in the Middle East and to the development of Arab broadcasting.
|Keywords||Covert Radio, Propaganda, British Intelligence, Arab Broadcasting|
|Journal||Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication|
|Journal citation||13 (3)|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1163/18739865-20201000|
|Published online||14 May 2020|