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"Pinkoes and traitors" : the BBC and the nation, 1974-1987

Author: Jean Seaton
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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During the Margaret Thatcher years, Britain experienced mass unemployment, trade union strikes, bloody war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and an existential threat to its public service broadcaster, the BBC. Pounded by a coherent free market argument, the BBC had to justify its right to the Licence Fee and its independent place in the 'unwritten' British constitution. Drawing on previously unseen state and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Seaton
ISBN: 9781846684746 1846684749 1847659160 9781847659163
OCLC Number: 905529546
Description: xv, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations (starting p. ix) --
Timeline (starting p. xvi) --
Introduction (starting p. 1) --
1. Mrs Thatcher and the BBC: the Conservative Athene (starting p. 14) --
2. The licence fee and BBC independence: money, money, money (starting p. 27) --
3. Northern Ireland: ̀The right amount of blood' (starting p. 58) --
4. Arts and music: culture vulture (starting p. 85) --
5. Attenborough: the public service animal (starting p. 107) --
6. The royal wedding: British Shintoism at work (starting p. 139) --
7. The Falklands: ̀our boys' versus ̀the British' (starting p. 161) --
8. Ethiopia: biblical famine, news and changing aid (starting p. 186) --
9. Women in the BBC: the triumph of the trouser suit (starting p. 207) --
10. Light entertainment: public service popular (starting p. 232) --
11. Drama: the domestic Homer (starting p. 257) --
12. Smiley's real people: public service tradecraft (starting p. 281) --
13. Endgame (starting p. 304) --
Appendix: BBC directors-general and chairmen (starting p. 328) --
Notes (starting p. 329) --
Acknowledgements (starting p. 359) --
Index (starting p. 361)
Responsibility: Jean Seaton.

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During the Margaret Thatcher years, Britain experienced mass unemployment, trade union strikes, bloody war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, and an existential threat to its public service broadcaster, the BBC. Pounded by a coherent free market argument, the BBC had to justify its right to the Licence Fee and its independent place in the 'unwritten' British constitution. Drawing on previously unseen state and BBC papers, many released specifically for this dramatic and revealing account, as well as a compelling range of interviewees, Jean Seaton examines the turbulent controversies (stirred up by programmes such as Maggie's Militant Tendency) and the magnificent triumphs (such as Life on Earth and Morecambe and Wise) of an institution that Britain loved and hated, and in many ways is still defined by.

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