Anthropologists wondering why tribes survive need look no further than the BBC. For almost a century, the British Broadcasting Corporation has staked out territory and fought for it. It has grown, expanded, survived hostile governments, wars (internal and external,) sociological and technical change, always fighting competition.
Take radio, the communications marvel of its age, the reason the BBC came into being in 1922 and was established by Royal Charter in 1927. It began experimenting with television in 1929 but, until the Fifties, radio remained the BBC’s prime business. Few would have bet that radio’s appeal would last so long but nine decades on and, commercial radio firmly established,...
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