History of the BBC

History of the BBC

Books & Publications


British Broadcasting Corporation. A-Z of the BBC. BBC, 1976.
Briggs, Asa. A history of broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volumes I-V. Oxford University Press, 1995.
Briggs, Asa. Governing the BBC. BBC, 1979.
Cain, John. The BBC: 70 years of broadcasting. BBC, 1992.
Curran, Charles, Sir. A seamless robe: broadcasting - philosophy and practice. Collins, 1979.
Hudson, Robert. Inside outside broadcasts. R.& W. Publications,1993.
Scannell, Paddy. A social history of British broadcasting. Basil Blackwell, 1991.
Silvey, Robert. Who's listening?: the story of BBC Audience Research. Allen & Unwin, 1974.
Street, Sean. A concise history of British radio, 1922-2002. Kelly Publications, 2002.

Broadcasting up to 1945

Briggs, Susan. Those radio times. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1981.
Gifford, Denis. The golden age of radio: an illustrated companion. Batsford,1985.
Hennessy, Brian. The Emergence of Broadcasting in Britain. Southerleigh, 2005
Hennessy, Brian. Savoy Hill: the early years of British broadcasting. Ian Henry, c1996.
Hickman, Tom. What did you do during the war, Auntie? BBC, 1995.
Institution of Electrical Engineers. 2LO calling: the BBC at Savoy Place 1923-1932. Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1998.

Broadcasting since 1945

Barnett, Steven. The battle for the BBC: a British broadcasting conspiracy? Aurum Press, 1994.
Born, Georgina. Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the reinvention of the BBC. Secker & Warburg, 2004.
Clarke, Steve & Horrie, Chris. Fuzzy monsters: fear and loathing at the BBC. Heinemann, 1994.
Greene, Hugh. The third floor front: a view of broadcasting in the sixties. Bodley Head, 1969.

Hendy, David. Life on Air: A history of Radio 4. Oxford University Press, 2007
Leapman, Michael. The last days of the beeb. Coronet, 1987.
O'Malley, Tom. Closedown?: the BBC and government broadcasting policy 1979-92. Pluto, 1994.
Simon, Ernest Darwin, Baron Simon of Wythenshawe. The BBC from within. Victor Gollancz, 1953.


Birt, John. John Birt: the harder path, the autobiography. Time Warner, 2002
Dyke, Greg. Inside Story. Harper Collins, 2004
Eckersley, Roger. The B.B.C. and all that. Sampson Low, Marston, 1946.
Hibberd, Stuart. 'This - is London...'. MacDonald & Evans, 1950.
Horrie, Chris. Citizen Greg: the extraordinary story of Greg Dyke and how he captured the BBC. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
Hill of Luton, Charles Hill, Baron. Behind the screen: the broadcasting memories of Lord Hill of Luton. Sidgwick and Jackson, 1974.
Hussey, Marmaduke. Chance governs all: a memoir by Marmaduke Hussey. Macmillan, 2001.

Leishman, Marista. My father: Reith of the BBC. Saint Andrew Press, 2006
McIntyre, Ian. The expense of glory: a life of John Reith. HarperCollins, 1993.
Milne, Alasdair. DG: the memoirs of a british broadcaster. Hodder & Stoughton, 1988.
Reith, John, Lord Reith. Into the wind. Hodder & Stoughton, 1949.
Edited Stuart, Charles. The Reith Diaries. Collins, 1975
Tracey, Michael. A variety of lives: a biography of Sir Hugh Greene. Bodley Head, 1983.
Trethowan, Ian. Split screen. Hamish Hamilton, 1984.
Wyatt, Will. The fun factory: a life in the BBC. Aurum, 2003.


British Broadcasting Corporation. Broadcasting House. BBC, 1932.
British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC Television Centre. BBC, 1960.
Hines, Mark. The story of Broadcasting House: home of the BBC. Merrell, 2008
Jackson, Nicola. Building the BBC: a return to form. BBC, 2003.


Baxter, Biddy. Dear Blue Peter. Short Books, 2008
Buckingham, David. Children's television in Britain: history, discourse and policy. British Film Institute, 1999.
Hartley, Ian. Goodnight children - everywhere. Midas Books, 1983.
Home, Anna. Into the box of delights: a history of children’s television. BBC, 1993.
Marson, Richard. Blue Peter: 50th anniversary. Hamlyn, 2008
Sheridan, Simon. A-Z of children’s TV. Reynolds & Hearn, 2007
Tibballs, Geoff. The golden age of children's television. Titan, 1991.


Bailey, K.V. The listening schools: educational broadcasting by sound and television. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1957.
Cain, John & Wright, Brian. In a class of its own: BBC education, 1924-1994. BBC, 1994.
Fawdrey, Kenneth. Everything but Alf Garnett: a personal view of BBC school broadcasting. BBC, 1974.


Carpenter, Humphrey. The envy of the world: 50 years of the BBC Third Programme & Radio 3, 1946-1996. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1996.
Doctor, Jennifer. The BBC and ultra-modern music, 1922-1936: shaping a nation's tastes. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edited Doctor, Jennifer, Wright, David and Kenyon, Nicholas. The Proms: a new history. Thames & Hudson, 2007
Garfield, Simon. The nation's favourite: the true adventures of Radio 1. Faber and Faber, 1998.
Garnham, Alison. Hans Keller and the BBC: the musical conscience of British broadcasting, 1959-79. Ashgate, c2003.
Kenyon, Nicholas. The BBC Symphony Orchestra: the first 50 years 1930-1980. BBC, 1981.

News, Current Affairs and Sport

Barnard, Peter. We interrupt this programme. BBC, 1999.
Donovan, Paul. All our todays: forty years of Radio 4's 'Today' programme. Jonathan Cape, 1997.
Edwards, Donald. BBC news and current affairs. BBC Books, 1962.
Gearing, Brian. Seventy years of BBC sport. André Deutsch,1998.
Schlesinger, Philip. Putting 'reality' together: BBC news. Constable, Pub Date, 1978.

Regional Broadcasting

Cathcart, Rex. The most contrary region: the BBC in Northern Ireland, 1924-1984. Blackstaff, 1984.
Harvey, Sylvia. The regions, the nations and the BBC. B.F.I. Publications, 1993.
McLoone, Martin. Broadcasting in a divided community: seventy years of the BBC in Northern Ireland. Queen's University of Belfast, 1996.
McDowell, W.H. The history of BBC broadcasting in Scotland 1923-1983.
Edinburgh University Press, 1992.
Lucas, Rowland. The voice of a nation: a concise account of the BBC in Wales 1923-73. Gomes, 1981.
Davies, John. Broadcasting and the BBC in Wales. University of Wales Press, 1994.

Radio Times

Driver, David. The Art of Radio Times: the first sixty years. BBC, 1981.
Smith, Rupert. Radio Times behind the scenes: Vanity Fair. BBC Worldwide, 1998.
Currie, Tony. The Radio Times story with a foreword by John Peel. Kelly, 2001.
Usherwood, R. D. Drawing for Radio Times. Bodley Head, 1961.


British Broadcasting Corporation. Ceefax: its history and the record of its development by BBC Research Department. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1978.
Eckersley, Peter. The power behind the microphone. Cape ,1941.
Pawley, Edward. BBC Engineering 1922-1972. BBC, 1972.
Shacklady, Norman & Ellen, Martin. On air: a history of BBC transmission. Wavechange Books, 2003.
Weightman, Gavin. Signor Marconi's magic box: how an amateur inventor defied scientists and began the radio revolution. HarperCollins, 2003.

World Service

British Broadcasting Corporation. The European Service of the BBC: two decades of broadcasting to Europe. British Broadcasting Corporation, 1959.
Mansell, Gerald. Let truth be told: 50 years of BBC external broadcasting. Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1982.
Partner, Peter. Arab voices: the BBC Arabic Service 1938-1988. BBC, 1988.
Tusa, John. Conversations with the world. BBC Books, 1990.
Walker, Andrew. A skyful of freedom: 60 years of the BBC World Service. Broadside books, 1992.

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