Arab Voices — The BBC Arabic Service, 1938-1988 by Peter Partner

Published by British Broadcasting Corporation, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper. 1st Ed.

Condition: Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Sticker scar to the front pastedown.

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From the cover: Arab Voices celebrates fifty years of BBC broadcasting by the Arabic Service. Based for the most part on BBC and government archives, this book is the first detailed study of the Services origins and long-term progress. In looking at the development of a single foreign-language service in a particularly sensitive time and place, Arab Voices sheds light on the history of world broadcasting and also on the way in which broadcasters have sought to present British news and the British way of life to the outside world. It is therefore closely concerned with information policy, and especially in its discussion of Suez and the Second World War with the delicate relationship between the BBC and the British government.

The book also records an important chapter in relations between Britain and the Arab world. The Arabic Service was organised in the early stages mainly during the Second World War by a small group of British people. With the help of some talented Arab broadcasters they succeeded in making their Service an integral part of modern Arab culture. The popularity of the Service has always owed much to the reputation of BBC news. But, beyond that, its Arab authenticity rests on the free cooperation of British and Arabic broadcasters, and this account of the actual broadcasts testifies to a remarkable history of cultural interchange.


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