The History of BBC Broadcasting in Scotland, 1923-1983

The History of BBC Broadcasting in Scotland, 1923-1983

The History of BBC Broadcasting in Scotland, 1923-1983

The History of BBC Broadcasting in Scotland, 1923-1983

Synopsis

"The British Broadcasting Corporation has always been at the forefront of radio and television programme making, and its regional organisation has been the inspiration for many independent stations throughout the world. In this, the first detailed history of BBC broadcasting in Scotland, Bill McDowell provides a comprehensive study of the corporation's development in one of the oldest and most autonomous of its regional centres. He traces its growth from the first local radio station in the 1920s right through until the early 1980s, when the BBC provided two network TV channels with Scottish opt-out programmes, a national radio channel, and numerous area and community radio stations and network radio services. Packed with statistical information and based on extensive original research, this is the standard history for all media and communication studies courses, and arts and media organisations." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This study is an institutional history of the BBC which focuses primarily on the history and development of BBC public service broadcasting in Scotland. It covers the period from the founding of the British Broadcasting Company in 1922 and the establishment of the first local stations in Scotland in the early 1920s, through to the early 1980s when the BBC provided two network television channels with Scottish opt-out programmes, and a national radio channel for Scotland, supplemented by area and community radio stations as well as network radio services. Scottish developments in broadcasting have been placed within the wider UK context because of the interrelationship between both, particularly as Scotland represents only one of the BBC's Regions, albeit defined as a 'national Region'. This perspective is used in order to highlight how BBC Scottish broadcasting has evolved during this period as part of an essentially centralised broadcasting organisation.

This history of Scottish broadcasting is also a history of BBC Regional broadcasting, not least because many of the issues of concern to Scottish broadcasting were also of concern to other BBC Regions. Moreover, it is also concerned with the relationship between London and the Regions. The approach adopted in this study is chronological: an attempt has been made to subdivide the period into distinct phases to coincide with significant events in the history of broadcasting, while not neglecting key themes such as growth, centralisation and competition which persist over longish periods of time. The present study covers both programme policy and programme content, although these are not regarded as two distinct aspects of broadcasting because the nature of an organisation and the policies which it pursues obviously influence in varying degrees the programme output. With such a large volume of programme output, reference to individual programmes has had to be selective and has tended to focus on those which were landmarks in the development of ideas or in the treatment of issues. Although Scotland benefited from access to network programmes, the strength of BBC programme output did owe much to the input of ideas from the Regions. In examining Scottish broadcasting, several points need to be borne in mind. For example, what makes a programme item recognisably Scottish? Will an item be recognisably Scottish if it focuses on events in a Scottish location or context, or is treatment of an issue . . .

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