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Sreberny, Annabelle and Torfeh, Massoumeh (2013) 'The BBC World Service from wartime propaganda to public diplomacy: the case of Iran.' In: Gillespie, Marie and Webb, Alban, (eds.), Diasporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan contact zones at the BBC World Service (1932-2012). London: Routledge, pp. 121-139. (CRESC)

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Over the summer of 2011 a compelling TV drama called The Hour was aired on BBC2. Focusing on BBC TV news at the time of the 1956 Suez crisis, it showed Foreign Offi ce (FO) offi cials concerned that Russian secret agents might be working inside the BBC and, more signifi cantly, wanting the BBC to present the rationale for a war with Egypt. The journalists, however, wanted to tell a more complex story, including anti-war demonstrations. In a sense, this plot can be seen as the domestic BBC learning what the BBC World Service had always known: that the relationship with the FO (since 1968 the Foreign and Commonwealth Offi ce [FCO]) was diffi cult and had to be constantly renegotiated.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: BBC World Service, Persian Service, Iran, Propaganda, history
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
ISBN: 9780415508803
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 16:24

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