Here is the News: The BBC and the Second World War

Here is the News: The BBC and the Second World War

by Richard Havers


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Before the outbreak of the Second World War there were no news bulletins on the BBC until 6pm; during the day the news was reserved for the newspapers. Everything changed in September 1939; it would be the first and the last time that the "wireless" was the pre-eminent source of news during a major conflict.

Listeners relied on radio both for their daily bulletin on how the war was progressing and for updates on particular operations in which loved ones, friends or neighbors were involved. The BBC created a blueprint for news reporting as the war unfolded, one that has been followed ever since.

The author examines the daily routines, notable broadcasters and famous interviews. He also looks at how the news was received over the airwaves and via the personal recollections of those who lived through the war. Was there popular disbelief of the official line, or did the British public instinctively trust the BBC? Do broadcasts of the key stories of the period bear close resemblance to the facts?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750941211
Publisher: History Press Limited, The
Publication date: 02/15/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Richard Havers has written ten books including Sinatra (Dorling Kin dersley 2004), the definitive illustrated biography, and is co-author of The Stones , A History In Cartoons (2006) and Bill Wyman's Treasure Islands (2005), both for Sutton. In 2002 Richard won America's Blues Foundation's Award for Literature. He lives in Berwickshire, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction     v
Prologue: The Voice of Freedom     vii
Let Us Begin     1
Today's the Day     13
What War?     21
Misinformation     41
Real War     57
In the End All Will Come Right     75
The Battle of Britain     85
The Blitz     107
Many Questions     125
Look East     163
The Scourge of the Reich     181
The Big Push     237
Hitler's European Fortress     249
Calling on Germany     275
Epilogue     303
Bibliography     305
Index     307

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