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Visit the BBC Studios based in Shepherds Bush in London.
The History of the BBC
The BBC's founding father, John Reith looked westwards in the 1920s to America's unregulated, commercial radio, and then east to the fledgling Soviet Union's rigidly controlled state system. Reith's vision was of an independent British broadcaster able to educate, inform and entertain the whole nation, free from political interference and commercial pressure. The innovation of a Post Office licence fee of ten shillings (50 pence), of which half went to the BBC, ensured that the BBC was not financially dependent on the Government of the day or on advertising revenue.
The British Broadcasting Company, as the BBC was originally called, was formed on 18 October 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi. Broadcasts in the Thirties covered a wide area from news, talks and plays to music, sport and children's programmes. In 1932 the BBC had already become a major patron of the arts, commissioning music and drama. Gustav Holst was the first composer commissioned by the BBC. From 01 September 1939, when war started, few weeks late they close BBC.
BBC During the World War
From 1940 with the television service closed for the duration, it was radio's war and the BBC nearly lost it in the opening skirmishes. Listeners wrote in to complain about the new Home Service, which had replaced the National and Regional programme services. Churchill, who had no love for the BBC in the Thirties when he was virtually boycotted, found that the BBC did have its uses.
By the end of the war, the BBC was broadcasting in 40 languages. Josef Goebbels, Hitler's master of propaganda, was said to have admitted that BBC Radio had won the "intellectual invasion" of Europe.
In 1950 there were 12 million radio-only licences and only 350,000 combined radio and TV licences. The budget for BBC Television was a fraction of the Radio budget.But a single event transformed the popularity of television. This was the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953 in Westminster Abbey.
The new Millennium began as the old one ended, with a stream of innovative programmes from the BBC. Quality programmes in every genre ensured that BBC retained its position as the most watched broadcaster in multi-channel homes.
There are initially 24 free TV channels available on the Freeview platform, eight from the BBC (plus other interactive and radio services from the BBC). Other channels include UK History, ITV2, Sky News, UK Style Extra and two music channels as well as the existing 5 analogue TV channels. The BBC's new digital radio services, including World Service, are also available via Freeview, satellite and some cable providers along with additional digital commercial radio stations. There are initially 24 free TV channels available on the Freeview platform, eight from the BBC (plus other interactive and radio services from the BBC). Other channels include UK History, ITV2, Sky News, UK Style Extra and two music channels as well as the existing 5 analogue TV channels. The BBC's new digital radio services, including World Service, are also available via Freeview, satellite and some cable providers along with additional digital commercial radio stations.
For more information on the BBC please visit www.bbc.co.uk
Georgian House Hotels is ideally situated in a very central location, so visiting sights all over London is quick and easy. It also offers deluxe rooms in Bower House, where you have Freeview in every room and can enjoy BBC offered channels and interactive radio services at no extra cost. So why not book Georgian House or Bower Housewhen you plan your trip to London? You can book online or email to make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone on 0044(0)207 834 1438