David Hendy | The BBC at 100 – A People’s History – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

the bbc, david hendry
The BBC, A People's History
Mary Hockaday

This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April

The BBC: A People’s History of a National Treasure 

Beloved, trusted and respected across the world, the BBC is one of Britain’s most treasured institutions; a constant presence in our homes and lives. On its 100th birthday, the funding mechanism which has allowed the BBC to flourish as an independent institution is being threatened by government proposals to abolish the licence fee. Join award-winning author David Hendy in conversation with Mary Hockaday, former controller of BBC World Service English, as they reflect on the history of a corporation which has come to define modern Britain, as well as modern broadcasting world-wide. 

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

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The BBC at 100 - A People's History by David Hendy

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Author biography 

David Hendy is professor of Media and Cultural History at the University of Sussex. His books include Life on the Air: A History of Radio Four, winner of the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Awardand Orwell Prize nominee, and Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening. 


Mary Hockaday is a British journalist. She is the former controller of BBC World Service English and was previously head of the BBC Newsroom. She’s a non-executive director and trustee and speaker.