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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War$
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John Jenks

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623143

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623143.001.0001

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Propaganda, Media and Hegemony: The British Heritage

Propaganda, Media and Hegemony: The British Heritage

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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War

John Jenks

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses how Britain came to dominate the world news system in the nineteenth century and to develop covert and overt propaganda and information management techniques in two world wars. World War II saw many of the same British propaganda techniques in neutral countries, especially the USA in 1939–41. The British government was deeply committed to maintaining Britain's great power status after the war, and a large-scale media influence was almost as essential as military power in achieving that goal. The British Broadcasting Corporation emerged from World War II with a greatly expanded audience and a good reputation for objectivity and truth-telling. British journalists were conditioned after World War II. They were less likely to accept the staff of propagandists, and public information officers that stayed on after the war as government public relations became institutionalised through such offices as the Central Office of Information.

Keywords:   British propaganda, information management, Britain, World War II, British government, USA, military power, British Broadcasting Corporation

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