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The BBC at War

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 was untested.

Since there is extensive information around about the BBC's up to and during the war, I'm just going to cover the story of the Broadcasting House Stronghold,