Sharq al-Adna: British Covert Radio and the Development of Arab Broadcasting

McNicholas, A. 2020. Sharq al-Adna: British Covert Radio and the Development of Arab Broadcasting. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. 13 (3) MJCC-1050. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1163/18739865-20201000

TitleSharq al-Adna: British Covert Radio and the Development of Arab Broadcasting
TypeJournal article
AuthorsMcNicholas, A.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsCovert Radio, Propaganda, British Intelligence, Arab Broadcasting
Article number MJCC-1050
JournalMiddle East Journal of Culture and Communication
Journal citation13 (3)
ISSN1873-9857
1873-9865
Year2020
PublisherBrill
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1163/18739865-20201000
Publication dates
Published online14 May 2020

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