1945–1955: A Golden Age for Radio Comedy

  • Martin Dibbs
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This chapter examines the period 1945–1955. Here Dibbs considers the effects of the BBC’s tripartite model of broadcasting which was designed to give the audience a greater choice of listening while at the same time introducing it to ‘culturally beneficial’ programming. He demonstrates that Variety’s pre-war problems of jazz, crooning and Sunday broadcasting, which had troubled senior management, had largely disappeared or had been quietly resolved. He explores how the post-war era revealed a continuation of the BBC’s anti-American stance in popular music and light entertainment together with a determination to maintain standards of propriety in programmes. He investigates the development and success of the radio comedy series, just as radio was about to be replaced by television as the leading domestic entertainer.

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  • Martin Dibbs
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  1. 1.Kingsbarns, St AndrewsUK

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