Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II

@article{Mackay2000BeingBT,
  title={Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II},
  author={Robert J. Mackay},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  year={2000},
  volume={20},
  pages={513 - 525}
}
  • R. Mackay
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • History, Political Science
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Modern war demands that the enemy be seen as the standard-bearer of barbarism. It follows that his ‘culture’ is held to be tainted and consequently becomes a target of disparaging propaganda. Thus in Britain was the spirit of militarism sought and found in German music and attempts were made (as in the 1914 Promenade Concerts season) to ban its performance. By 1939, as war again threatened, the potential for cultural warfare had been greatly increased by a signiŽ cant technological and social… 
12 Citations
World music at the BBC World Service, 1942-2008: public diplomacy, cosmopolitanism, contradiction
Music plays an important role in the BBC World Service. This article shows how, across sixty five years, notionally global music has been broadcast as a pragmatic way of reaching audiences beyond
Speaking of science : BBC science broadcasting and its critics, 1923-64
Several times in the BBC’s history, from the 1920s to the 1960s, scientific organisations (mainly the British Association) and numerous eminent scientists attempted to influence the management of
‘An Abominable Precedent’: the BBC's Ban on Pacifists in the Second World War
In 1940 the BBC provoked a public controversy through its policy of banning pacifists from contributing to broadcast programmes. The policy arose partly from the personal prejudices of a reduced
A study of the experience of listening to music in World War Two Britain
This thesis provides new insights into the experience of listening to music during the Second World War in Britain. It explores the different types of listening practised by individuals who
The Forties: A Pyramid of Taste
The first narrative chapter focuses on the BBC Director General William Haley’s ‘pyramid of taste’, sketches a brief prologue of classical music radio in the Twenties and Thirties, before looking in
George Rochberg's Road to Ars Combinatoria, 1943–63
Abstract George Rochberg often attributed his postmodern shift to the death of his son in 1964. Accordingly, the literature has described his practice of ars combinatoria (“art of combination”) as an
German and Austrian Émigré musical culture in the British internment camps of World War II : composer Hans Gál, Huyton Suite and the camp revue What a Life!
.......................................................................................................................................... ii Table of
German prisoners of war in Britain, 1940-1948 : policy and performance
TLDR
This item is brought to you by Swansea University and must not be sold in any format or medium without the formal permission of the copyright holder.
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 17 REFERENCES
Report of the Broadcasting Committee
  • Political Science
    Nature
  • 1936
THE Broadcasting Committee was appointed last year by Sir Kingsley Wood to consider the constitution, control and finance of the broadcasting service in Great Britain, and has now presented its
The Radio Times
Safe and Sound: New Music in Wartime Britain
BBC policy with regard to copyright music by composers of enemy nationality
  • 1942
He relied here on the brie ng paper produced by his assistant Julian Herbage, who wrote of the ban: 'there is a universal feeling
    The BBC estimated that at this time people 34 million of Britain's 48 million were radio listeners
      Memorandum from Nicolls
      • BBC
      Bliss's letter to The Sunday Times
        threatened: ‘I have a shrewd suspicion which it is of the ofŽ cials at the BBC that is responsible ... and if I can obtain the necessary proof I shall name him.
        • 1940
        ...
        ...