The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British institution, and its story during the Second World War is also our story.
This was a period of remarkable voices: Churchill’s speeches, de Gaulle’s broadcasts from exile, Richard Dimbleby and Vera Lynn. Radio offered an incomparable tool for propaganda while at the same time eyewitness testimonies gave a voice to everyone, securing the BBC’s reputation as a purveyor of truth.
Edward Stourton explores the BBC’s wartime journey, investigating archives, diaries, letters and memoirs to examine what the BBC was and what it stood for.
What members say
Who would have thought that the story of BBC during 2WW would be so fantastic a subject?! I listened almost non stop and laughed, and felt sad, and enjoyed all the experiences you expect at the best of the best. Author did the subject justice and turned something that could have easily become a tedious naming of people and enumeration of events, into a fast flowing river of joy. Apologies for the flowery language but his style is catchy.
Will buy a written version as well. Audio is superb!