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Title The BBC at war. Part 1, The war of words / produced, directed and filmed by Robin Barnwell ; a Fresh One production
Published London, England : BBC Worldwide, 2015


Description 1 online resource (53 minutes)
Summary Hailed and derided in equal measure, the BBC in 1939 had yet to seal its reputation. With the advent of war, the corporation found itself thrust into a battle against the Nazis, and the machinations of the British government. This series examines how the conflict transformed the BBC, what impact its broadcasts had at home and abroad, and uncovers the battles that raged with the government over its independence -- out of which was forged the template for the modern BBC. From an early Nazi propaganda coup that forced the BBC into action and how fears of a crisis in morale at home led to class barriers being swept away on the airwaves, to how stubborn determination and technical improvisation enabled broadcasting from the heart of the war zone, BBC at War reveals how World War Two was the making of the BBC -- and nearly its breaking. In episode one of this two-part series, Jonathan Dimbleby reveals how the BBC prepared for the first war broadcast and fought off government attempts to control it. Wholly unprepared, the BBC fended off complete government takeover and emerged a trusted global news source. Using a wealth of preserved recordings and previously unseen documents, Jonathan uncovers the compelling story of how the BBC went into battle - against Hitler and Whitehall's ministers - and played its part in the social revolution the war provoked
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed January 28, 2019)
Performer Written and presented by Jonathan Dimbleby
Notes In English
Subject British Broadcasting Corporation -- History
British Broadcasting Corporation.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain -- Journalists
World War, 1939-1945 -- Journalism, Military.
Journalism, Military.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Documentary television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Documentaires télévisés.
Form Streaming video
Author Barnwell, Robin, director, producer
Dimbleby, Jonathan, on-screen presenter, screenwriter
Fresh One Productions, production company.
Other Titles War of words