BBC radio and sport 1922–39

Huggins, Mike ORCID logo ORCID: (2007) BBC radio and sport 1922–39. Contemporary British History, 21 (4). pp. 491-515.

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The BBC, the sole national broadcaster, was slow in entering the world of sport, but between the wars it helped reshape the way sport was experienced by the British, first presenting ‘national’ sports events such as the Derby or FA Cup final to a national audience, and later moving to much broader ‘representative’ coverage. The BBC experienced problematic beginnings to sports broadcasting in the mid-1920s, and the earlier attempts to establish approach and direction, which proved challenging, are first analysed. The article then explores the main patterns of sporting coverage between 1927 and 1939, demonstrating how simplistic notions of a BBC ‘national’ approach were constrained by issues of class, gender and region. These issues, impinging on questions of popularity, access and exclusivity, are explored through three major dimensions: the relationship between the BBC and the various sporting governing bodies and clubs, audience response, and the nature of commentary.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Contemporary British History
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 1743-7997
Departments: Academic Departments > Institute of Arts (IOA) > Humanities
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 14:53
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 19:45


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