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Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation
Talk in English by Prof Simon Potter
Friday, 23rd September 2022, 7:00 PM
The BBC’s motto, adopted in the 1920s, is ‘Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation’. On the face of it, this is rather surprising. The BBC’s key mission statement was not about education, information, or entertainment. Neither was it about the local and national roles of radio. Rather, the motto reflected the widespread hope in the 1920s that radio broadcasting could promote international peace and mutual understanding.

In this talk Professor Simon J. Potter, University of Bristol, will explore how the BBC and other international broadcasters sought to use wireless to encourage peace. He will also chart how, during the 1930s, radio increasingly became the chosen tool of international propaganda.

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