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Television Policies of the Labour Party, 1951-2001

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Television Policies of the Labour Party, 1951-2001 examines the party's divided response to the development of commercial television in the 1950s and assesses the impact of Harold Wilson's governments on television in the 1960s. It highlights the contribution of left-wing demands for television in the 1970s and analyses how the party responded to the Conservative government's reform of television in the 1980s. Concluding with an evaluation of the role of television in the emergence of New Labour and a critique of...
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Overview

Television Policies of the Labour Party, 1951-2001 examines the party's divided response to the development of commercial television in the 1950s and assesses the impact of Harold Wilson's governments on television in the 1960s. It highlights the contribution of left-wing demands for television in the 1970s and analyses how the party responded to the Conservative government's reform of television in the 1980s. Concluding with an evaluation of the role of television in the emergence of New Labour and a critique of the Blair government's record concerning television developments, the book suggests that Labour has been a vigorous but ultimately unreliable advocate of television reform.

Television Policies of the Labour Party, 1951-2001 makes a valuable contribution to the historiography both of broadcasting and of the Labour Party, and will appeal to all scholars in these fields, and to general readers with an informed interest in the subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714654553
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/30/2003
  • Series: British Politics and Society Series
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Series Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: The 'Non-Issue' of Television 1
2 Labour and the Post-War Boom, 1951-64 6
3 Harold Wilson and 'Modernization', 1964-70 40
4 The Rise of the Left, 1970-79 76
5 In the Shadow of the Tories, 1979-92 116
6 The Era of New Labour, 1992-2001 155
7 Conclusion: Labour and Reform 197
Bibliography 207
Index 216
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