Battle For The Airwaves
Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor, begins a new series on relations between broadcasters and politicians.
This first programme of the series looks at how Lord John Reith, the BBC's first managing director (and later Director General), resisted government pressure and maintained the BBC's independence, but at a price. The 1926 General Strike established the BBC as a major source of news, but its impartiality was questioned.
In later programmes, Nick Robinson examines some of the key battles for the airwaves. He looks at the clash over foreign policy in the 1930s and the problems faced by Churchill and other critics of appeasement in making their voices heard.
He explores the Suez crisis in 1956; the row between the Labour Party and the BBC in the early 1970s; and the disagreements over reporting 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, culminating in the broadcasting ban on terrorists. The series also covers the Falklands War, Iraq, and the relationship between broadcasters and politicians in the age of 24-hour news.
Presenter/Nick Robinson, Producer/Rob Shepherd for the BBC
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Monday 25 February
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