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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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IRD Distribution Patterns and Media Operations

IRD Distribution Patterns and Media Operations

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(p.80) 5 IRD Distribution Patterns and Media Operations
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British Propaganda and News Media in the Cold War
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John Jenks

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623143.003.0006

This chapter addresses the Information Research Department (IRD)'s wary yet persistent relationship with journalists and publicists. The IRD depended on networks of information officers, information bureaucrats, clients, literary agents, feature syndicates, broadcasters and scoop-hungry journalists to discreetly get its propaganda to the desired markets. Its editorial section worked with individual reporters and news syndicates in London to get more specifically tailored news into the media. The special responsibilities of broadcasting to Communist Eastern Europe led to a tight relationship. After nearly 10 years of operations, the IRD was satisfied with the work they were doing. The careful examination of its media operations clearly shows that the British and overseas operations were inextricably linked, and they grew more so into the 1950s as the operation became more sophisticated and expansive.

Keywords:   Information Research Department, broadcasting, Communist Eastern Europe, media operations, London, propaganda

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