By L.W. Conolly
George Bernard Shaw's usually stormy yet regularly artistic courting with the British Broadcasting company was once largely answerable for making him a family identify on either side of the Atlantic. From the founding of the BBC in 1922 to his demise in 1950, Shaw supported the BBC via partaking in debates, giving talks, allowing radio and tv declares of lots of his performs - even advising on pronunciation questions. right here, for the 1st time, Leonard Conolly illuminates the customarily grudging, even though frequently jointly worthy, dating among of the 20 th century's cultural giants.
Drawing on large archival fabrics held in England, the USA, and Canada, Bernard Shaw and the BBC offers a bright portrait of many contentious matters negotiated among Shaw and the general public broadcaster. this can be a attention-grabbing learn of the way debatable works have been first played in either radio and television's infancies. It info debates approximately freedom of speech, the enhancing of performs for broadcast, and the safety of authors' rights to manage and cash in on works played for radio and tv announces. Conolly additionally scrutinizes moment global War-era censorship, whilst the British executive banned Shaw from making any proclaims that wondered British regulations or strategies.
Rich intimately and brimming with Shaw's irrepressible wit, this booklet additionally presents hyperlinks to on-line appendices of Shaw's pronounces for the BBC, texts of Shaw's significant BBC talks, extracts from German wartime propaganda announces approximately Shaw, and the BBC's obituaries for Shaw.
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