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Reith

John (Charles Walsham), 1st Baron. 1889--1971, British public servant: first general manager (1922--27) and first director general (1927--38) of the BBC
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Whilst on the BBC Hughie Green may well have sat uncomfortably at the fault-line between 'Reithian cultural enlightenment' and 'commercial populism', (81) he was more able to be vociferous about the latter when attached to ITV.
This atmosphere, he argues, cannot simply be explained by rational Reithian ideology, underpinned by Arnoldian high-cultural principles, but rather needs to be understood primarily in emotional terms, as the desire to inhabit and create a mood through sound, 'forged ...
The Reithian values that drove broadcasters of the past to entertain, educate and inform have been replaced by a dumbed-down desire to stick a camera in the modern equivalent of Bedlam so we can watch unfortunate souls suffer in the name of entertainment.
And this autumn, Perry became the first visual artist to deliver BBC Radio 4's prestigious annual Reith Lectures, founded in 1948 to honour the progressive values of Reithian broadcasting (Fig.
Of course, our fall from the ideal of Reithian dignity to the likes of Lesley Stahl yelping on 60 Minutes, "She gave up her television career for you.
The educational mission of RTVE derives from its conception as public service, which derives from the Reithian British model of the BBC.
During the war the Regional and National programmes were combined and a special service was set up for the armed forces, though it was widely listened to by the population at large, particularly if they had a taste for lighter entertainment than the Reithian spirit encouraged.
A calm Reithian dry exposition of events would lose most audiences nowadays.
The project was Reithian broadcasting at its best and a fitting tribute to the excellent stewardship of Radio Four by its recently departed controller, Mark Damazer, a historian to his boots.
"The BBC would then return to a more focussed and enhanced Reithian conception," the report said.
He charts the tensions between (for example) the BBC's Reithian mission to educate and 'improve' and the need to sustain an audience (and to keep hold of star performers) in the face of more populist competition from the commercial radio stations that challenged its monopoly, broadcasting from the European continent; or the ways in which commercial public provision for music and dancing expanded while at the same time the radio and gramophone encouraged listening (at the expense of music-making) in the home.
He introduced all of us to the best of the Beeb's Reithian traditions.