The BBC at War
(pages still under development)
When war was declared
in September, 1939, the BBC was only seventeen years old. Yet it had already developed
into a mature broadcasting organisation. As well as its National radio service, there
were six regional services, plus the Empire and Overseas services. Its staff numbers
had risen to nearly 5,000 and it operated 16 domestic transmitters on 11 different frequencies.
However it had never
been through a war, and its relationship with the government of the day in war-time
The intention of this
section is to examine the BBC's preparations for war, and some of the facilities that
they put in place around the country.
However, I have relatively
little time at the moment (July/August 2006) as I prepare to move house later in the
year. So, for the time being I have the story of the Broadcasting
House Stronghold (an interesting story in itself, but also not completed).