author={Alban Webb},
  journal={Media History},
  pages={117 - 132}
  • A. Webb
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • History, Political Science
  • Media History
The period between the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the 1950s represents a forging experience for the External Services of the BBC, as they initially defined themselves in an unfamiliar peacetime context before rapidly coming to terms with a cold war in which they again became a principal mediator between Britain and estranged or strategically important communities overseas - either behind the Iron Curtain or in regions such as the Middle East. The Cabinet decision on… 
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  • History
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