The Early Years of Television and the BBC

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The British journalist C. P. Scott once said of television, ‘Not a nice word. Greek and Latin mixed. Clumsy.’ From its earliest days, when people began to discover ways of ‘seeing at a distance’ through to the multi-platform media environment of today, television has shown itself to be a resilient and adaptable method of communication. Based on detailed archival research, The Early Years of Television and the BBC explores the relationship between the BBC and television from the mid-1920s through to the outbreak of the Second World War. Jamie Medhurst provides an account of the oft-forgotten 30-line television service (1932–5) and re-evaluates the belief that Sir John Reith, the Corporation’s Director-General until 1938, would have nothing to do with television.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages189
ISBN (Electronic)9781399504133, 9781399504126
ISBN (Print)9780748637867, 9781399504119
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • 20th century television
  • Baird Television Company
  • BBC
  • British television
  • early television
  • television history


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