Charlotte Higgins

Charlotte Higgins

This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC

Autumn Series/
Thu 01 October 2015

Charlotte Higgins

This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC

Charlotte Higgins
Thu 01 October 2015,

Born in the wake of calamitous war, in the high noon of empire, and at the moment of the formation of the United Kingdom as we know it, the BBC took its place as a projection of, and a power in, new ideas about nationhood, modernity and democracy.

What is the BBC? What does it mean to us now? What are the threats to its continued existence? And is it worth fighting for?

Stepping through the doors of Broadcasting House, Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s chief culture writer, sets out to explore this powerful, maddening and uniquely British institution. Tracing its origins, celebrating the early pioneering spirit and unearthing forgotten characters, Higgins invites us to see the BBC in a fresh way, as an organisation that,‘as well as informing, educating and entertaining, permeates and reflects our existences, infiltrates our imaginations, and forms us in myriad ways.’

Informed by the voices of figures from Lord Reith to Vita Sackville-West, as well as today’s grandees and loyalists, embattled employees and high-profile dissenters, she tells the story of an institution that has transformed Britain – and its place in the world.

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