The BBC reinvented itself during the Second World War and public perception of the institution changed dramatically. It more than doubled in size and adopted a new culture and outlook. The television service, still in its infancy at the outbreak of war, closed down, but BBC Radio proved more powerful than ever. Overseas language services expanded and at home BBC Radio was reconfigured to deliver the Home Service and the Forces Programme. Output evolved to reflect listeners’ needs more closely and set a benchmark for future programming in news, drama, entertainment and education. The BBC spoke to the nation and was the conduit for dialogue among listeners as never before.

Season 01, Episode 01 – “The War of Words”
Jonathan Dimbleby on how the BBC prepared for the first broadcast war.

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