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Derby Book Festival 2022

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David Hendy

David Hendy: The BBC: A People’s History

Monday 23 May | 7:30-8:30pm

£10 Venue: QUAD

Monday 23 May, 7.30pm-8.30pm at QUAD

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In 1922, three men - only one of whom had previously heard of 'broadcasting' - founded the BBC. In doing so, Arthur Burrows, Cecil Lewis, and John Reith set out to accomplish something utterly bold. Using what had been a weapon of war - Marconi's wireless - to remake culture for the good of humanity.

In The BBC: A People's History, professor and historian David Hendy traces the BBC from its maverick beginnings through war, the creation of television, changing public taste, austerity and massive cultural change. The BBC has constantly evolved, developing from one radio station, to television, then multiple channels and now the competition with the internet and streaming services.

The BBC: A People’s History is the only major authorised history of the BBC published for the centenary celebrations in 2022.

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