The Critic Books Podcast: The BBC — A People’s History

One hundred years on from the founding of the BBC, David Hendy speaks about how history has shaped the corporation


It is 100 years since John Reith, Arthur Burrows, and Cecil Lewis first set up the British Broadcasting Company, as it was then known. A General Strike, a world war, and a number of scandals later — Auntie Beeb is now a well-known fixture in British life. Francesca Peacock spoke to David Hendy about his new history of the corporation, which takes a look at the BBC right through from its early days to the recent history of the pandemic.

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