History of International Broadcasting / Edition 1

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The history of radio broadcasting is traced from its earliest origins, through its role as a subversive tool in World War II to the cold war era, and finally to its present day use as an instrument of foreign policy used by over 160 countries. The effects on the cold war, in which propoganda broadcasting was the ultimate weapon, contributing in no small measure to the collapse of communism in the USSR, are analysed. The roles of Voice of America, the BBC World Service and others come under scrutiny, and the concluding chapters report on the explosive growth in international broadcasting now taking place in the aftermath of recent political events. The book is supplemented with up-to-date technical data and statistics on major expansions now under way or being planned in many countries, particularly the USA and the Arab states, some of the latter having a broadcasting capacity that dwarfs most western countries. The appeal of the book is by no means restricted to scientists and engineers and many will find much to stir their memories of international radio broadcasts in wartime and peacetime alike.

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Documents the role of the West's international broadcasters, such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and the BBC World Service, in using propaganda and other information to assist in bringing about the collapse of Soviet communism. Analyzes new uses of these broadcasting infrastructures and new developments reflecting changes in the world in politics and culture. Much attention is devoted to broadcasting to and within Asia and the Middle East. Also looks at the transmitter manufacturing industry, and emerging technologies. The author is a consulting engineer, analyst, and journalist specializing in the international broadcasting industry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863413025
  • Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Series: History of Technology Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280

Table of Contents

List of figures
1 International broadcasting in the HF spectrum: past and present 1
2 An analysis of SW sales 1950-1997 5
3 SW Listening audiences and broadcasting output 12
4 Projecting foreign policy, propaganda, beliefs and objectives 22
5 Structure of US international broadcasting 29
6 The BBC World Service 37
7 Deutsche Welle: the Voice of Germany 48
8 Radio France International 61
9 Voice of America 70
10 Radio Canada International 86
11 Swiss Radio International 92
12 Radio Nederland Wereldomroep 97
13 The former Soviet Union 103
14 The Balkan region 113
15 RFE/RL comes out of the cold 120
16 The restructuring of US Government international broadcasting 130
17 The Arab-Islamic world 137
18 Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Iran 148
19 China and SE Asia 155
20 Radio Australia 169
21 US religious/commercial private broadcasters 174
22 The broadcast transmitter industry 191
23 Company profiles 194
24 Steerable 500kW rated curtain antenna arrays 212
25 Profile of the tube manufacturing industry 220
26 The future is digital 224
27 The future for international broadcasting in the HF spectrum 231
References 235
Bibliography 236
App. 1 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 237
App. 2 SW reference list for the major transmitter manufacturers 246
Index 257
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