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BBC Listener Research Department, 1937-c.1950.

Author: British Broadcasting Corporation. Listener Research Department,; British Broadcasting Corporation. Written Archive Centre,
Publisher: East Ardsley, Wakefield : Microform Academic Publishers, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : English
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"The "Audience Research Reports of the BBC", covering the period 1937-c.1950, present the early research of the British Broadcasting Corporation's pioneering Listener Research Department (LRD) into wireless listening in Britain nationwide and at a regional level. From the controversial founding of the Department in 1936, it takes in the turbulent years of the Second World War through to the early post-war period  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: British Broadcasting Corporation. Listener Research Department,; British Broadcasting Corporation. Written Archive Centre,
OCLC Number: 859601660
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Listener research weekly reports / bulletins --
Listener research bulletin supplements --
Audience research special reports --
General listening barometers.
Other Titles: British Broadcasting Corporation Listener Research Department, 1937-c.1950
Audience research reports of the BBC
British online archives.

Abstract:

"The "Audience Research Reports of the BBC", covering the period 1937-c.1950, present the early research of the British Broadcasting Corporation's pioneering Listener Research Department (LRD) into wireless listening in Britain nationwide and at a regional level. From the controversial founding of the Department in 1936, it takes in the turbulent years of the Second World War through to the early post-war period leading up to launch of Britain's first national television channel. These items reproduce the entire available collection of weekly Audience Summaries, together with the weekly then daily Listening Barometers. Also included are the Audience Reaction Reports on specific programmes and Special Reports on particular themes or issues for the period, as well as some key policy documents produced by the LRD during these years, tracing the early development of what has come to be known as market research within the BBC. During the Second World War, listener research took on a new urgency as the BBC became an indispensable part of life on the Home Front. The LRD's wartime audience research, reproduced here for the first time, provides crucial insights into the listening habits and cultural preferences of the British people at this time, as well as detailed listener responses to some of the key radio programmes and personalities of the era, from ITMA and The Brains Trust to Winston Churchill and William Joyce, the voice of Nazi propaganda better known as Lord Haw-Haw. Through its special reports on topics ranging from news readers' accents and evening listening habits to listeners' views about Russia, this collection provides a unique and revealing window onto the behaviour, attitudes and preoccupations of the British people at a key moment in their history."--Collection metadata screen.

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