John Reith and The British Broadcasting Company Essay

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John Reith and The British Broadcasting Company

The turn of the 20th century was a time of drastic change. The world was experiencing its first World War, cultural changes in music and clothing , and the League of Nations was established. Radio broadcasts first aired in 1920 covering these events. In October 1922, John Reith established the British Broadcasting Company to broadcast to the British nation. John Reith, born of George and Adah Reith, was born on July 20, 1889 in Stonehaven, Kincardineshire. John spent most of his young life scraping through school. At fifteen, he apprenticed under an engineer. He went on to pursue a job in London at the engineering firm S Pearson and Son five years later. (John) In 1914, Britain
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And that is exactly what the Company did. The BBC provided the nation access to events such as the wedding of the Duke of York and operas at Covent Garden. (John) John Reith believed strongly in innovation and public service broadcasting. He wanted the compant to be overseen but to always have the interest of the public first. The BBC made itself known as the first source of impartial news during the General Strike of 1926. (John) Winston Churchill wanted the BBC to be a government ran organization but Reith would not allow it. John was knighted for his work in December of 1926. (John) The BBC continued on the front of innovation. In November 1929, John Logie Baird sent his first experimental broadcasts from Covent Gardens in London. (History) It would be another seven years before high quality programs would be aired. The monarchy was also a subject of interest to the BBC. King George V became the first monarch to be on the radio. He addressed millions of people to begin the BBC Empire Service. (History) Four years later, Edward VIII abdicated his position in a speech that was also broadcast. (John) Coronations of other monarchs such as King George VI, were televised. George VI's in particular was the first outdoor broadcast. (History) The 1940s brought radio and television broadcasts by women, for children, and of the first televised Olympic

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