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'Pinkoes and traitors': the BBC and the nation, 1974-1987

'Pinkoes and traitors': the BBC and the nation, 1974-1987

Seaton, Jean, author

A dramatic and revealing history of the BBC during some of its most turbulent and testing years, including personal insights from major BBC figures including David Attenborough, Michael Buerk, Jonathan Dimbleby and Ester Rantzen. This compelling account of a turbulent period in the history of the BBC opens at a time of national decline under the Labour governments of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, and ends during Margaret Thatcher's iconoclastic Conservative premiership. The intervening years saw mass unemployment, trade union strikes and war in Northern Ireland and the Falklands - as well as legendary BBC programmes such as Live Aid, Fawlty Towers and Dad's Army, The Singing Detective and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and David Attenborough's Life on Earth. Comprehensively revised and expanded for this new edition, Jean Seaton's perceptive study presents an absorbing analysis of an institution that both reflects Britain and has helped to define it

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Revised and expanded edition.
Published London: Profile Books, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: Jean Seaton
ISBN: 1847659160, 9781847659163
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous edition: 2015.
Physical Description: xv, 400 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Great Britain Politics and government 1979-1997.; Media Studies.; Mass media Political aspects Great Britain.; Great Britain Social conditions 1945-; c 1980 to c 1989; Media studies; United Kingdom, Great Britain; c 1970 to c 1979; History; British Broadcasting Corporation History 20th century.; European history; Cinema, TV & Radio industries
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781781252727

Author note

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and Director of the Orwell Prize for political writing and journalism. She has written widely on broadcasting history and politics of the media (especially the BBC), as well as on news, the ways in which wars and conflicts are covered, and children and the media. She has written about and helped form media policy. Her book with James Curran, Power Without Responsibility: the Press, Broadcasting and Internet in Britain (1981), has become an international classic and is in its 7th edition. Her most recent book is Carnage and the Media: How News about Violence is Made (2006). She is a regular broadcaster and an editor of The Political Quarterly. She has three sons and lives in London.


Not the least of this very readable book's main virtues is that it tells us so much about the country that created the BBC as well as the public service broadcaster itself... a book that is both hugely entertaining and wise.
Financial Times||[Seaton] writes in prose that would have impressed Orwell himself. Unsentimental, robust, devoid of jargon, and clear as hell, Pinkoes and Traitors demands what Orwell himself asks of us: to stand outside. Look around. Assess. And tell it like it is in an English as direct as you can. Like Orwell's work, Pinkoes and Traitors makes you walk out into the world and see the familiar anew.
The Independent||The best argument I have read in favour of the BBC.
The Observer||This is a rich and essential history.
The Spectator||Essential reading for anyone concerned, in any way, about the future of the BBC.