Episode 2

Battle for the Airwaves Episode 2 of 8

Nick Robinson continues his series on the relationship between broadcasters and politicians, In his second programme, he looks at the clash over foreign policy in the 1930s and shows how the maverick Churchill and other critical voices were kept off the BBC. But in wartime, Churchill went on to rally people by repeating his defiant wartime speeches on the radio and helped establish the BBC's worldwide reputation.

In later programmes, Nick Robinson examine the clash over the Suez crisis in 1956, the row between the Labour Party and the BBC in the early 1970s; the clashes over reporting 'The Troubles' in Northern Ireland, culminating in the broadcasting ban on terrorists; the Falklands War; Iraq; and the relationship between broadcasters and politicians in the age of 24-hour news.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013 13:45