This is the ABC: The Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1932-1983

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Black Inc., 2006 - Broadcasting - 525 pages
As the bells in the tower of Sydney's General Post Office chimed eight o'clock on the evening of Friday 1 July 1932, the peals were picked up by a microphone and carried to every State of the Federation. 'This is the Australian Broadcasting Commission,' said the announcer, Conrad Charlton.So begins K.S. Inglis's compelling history of the first fifty years of the ABC. In a sparkling tour de force Inglis shows us the ABC's triumphs and failures, its great medley of personalities and the effects it has had on Australian public life. Based on the Commission's own archives, on newspapers and journals, on a rich assortment of interviews and on the author's own listening and viewing, this is a social history of the highest order.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
July 1932
39
National Stations 19321939
59
War 19391945
78
Australia First
95
The Chief Executive Officer
109
Liberal Dilemmas 19451956
128
Serious and Light
141
A New Broom?
256
From AM to RAM
302
Confrontations
322
Opening Up 19731975
336
This
365
Hard Times 19761983
389
Help Aunty Fight Back
407
Acknowledgements
443

How Independent?
186
NEWRAD
228
New Men
242
Index
495
Corrigenda
523
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