Special issue of Media history on transnational broadcasting

Revisiting transnational broadcasting: The BBC’s foreign-language services during the Second World War. Special Issue of Media History 21,4 (2015), guest edited by Nelson Ribeiro and EMHIS member Stephanie Seul.

This Special Issue re-considers the history of the BBC foreign-language services prior to, and during, the Second World War. The communication between the British government and foreign publics by way of mass media constituted a fundamental, if often ignored, aspect of Britain’s international relations. From the 1930s onwards, trans-border broadcasting became a major element in the conduct of Whitehall’s diplomacy, and the BBC played a major role in furthering Britain’s diplomatic, strategic and economic interests in times of rising international tension and conflict.

Contributions of EMHIS members to the special issue:

Seul, Stephanie, and Nelson Ribeiro: Revisiting transnational broadcasting: The BBC’s foreign-language services during the Second World War. In: Media History 21,4 (2015), pp. 365-77.

Seul, Stephanie: “Plain, unvarnished news”? The BBC German Service and British propaganda directed at Nazi Germany, 1938-1940. In: Media History 21,4 (2015), pp. 378-96.

Wagner, Hans-Ulrich: Repatriated Germans and “British Spirit”: The transfer of public service broadcasting to northern post-war Germany (1945–1950). In: Media History 21,4 (2015), pp. 443-58

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