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March 3, 2020, by Angela Shearsmith

On trial: BBC handbooks, annual reports and accounts, 1927-2002 (British Online Archives) 

BBC handbooks, annual reports and accounts, 1927-2002 (British Online Archives) 

We are pleased to announce a month’s trial for BBC handbooks, annual reports and accounts, 1927-2002 and  BBC Listener research department report 1937-c.1950

This collection contains handbooks, annual reports and accounts published by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) between 1927 and 2002. In addition, the collection includes a review of each year’s public service broadcasting, with detailed schedules, audience research, performance and objective tables, commentaries, and editorials. Together, these documents provide students and researchers with a unique opportunity to examine the social and cultural forces that shaped Britain in the 20th century.

Insights include:

  • The annual report for 1945-1946 describes the affect that the end of the war had, both on the BBC’s programming and on the audience it had to reach.
  • The annual reports reveal which programs the UK was watching and listening to each year, broken down by theme.
  • The handbooks include financial information and ratings data. They were also printed during World War Two, covering that gap in the annual reports.

 

BBC handbook 1962

The trial runs from  3rd March 2020 until 2nd April 2020

 

Do let us know what you think. Please send your feedback to the Libraries Collections team: collections@nottingham.ac.uk 

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