Ever had the curiosity of getting to know the BBC backstage? Ever wanted to know how does this large broadcasting giant operate? Wanting to pursue a career in television or radio, but want to know how they work? Well, we here at Welcome Backstage will love to answer your questions and give you an idea. We will give you a behind the scenes view at how one of the most important UK television and radio broadcaster handles its day to day to day operations. We will show you its many locations as well as give you information on how you can go and take interesting, fun and educational tours to the BBC studios.
But first, let’s go briefly over the BBC’s history.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest broadcaster in the world. Is headquartered at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. Originally founded as the British Broadcasting Company (was first privately owned) in 18 of October in 1922, by a group of six telecommunications companies: Marconi, Radio Communication Company, Metropolitan-Vickers, General Electric, Western Electric and British Thomson-Houston. It was originally intended to broadcast experimental radio services. The first transmission was on November of that year, from station 2LO, located at Marconi House, London.
In 1927, the company wound-up, and under the name British Broadcasting Corporation, they were established under a Royal Charter, making it a public broadcasting system. Soon they, as to represent their values and their purpose, the Corporation adopted the motto ‘Nation shall speak peace unto Nation’. At first the BBC Radio was one of the premier broadcasters in entire Europe, and experimental television broadcasts started in 1932. Limited regular broadcasts began in 1934, thus the birth of BBC Television. Technologically speaking, the BBC was always a pioneer in UK Television and just as many important breakthroughs were achieved at such an early stage, they all had to come to a halt in 1939 when Television broadcasting was suspended for nearly seven years during the second World War. Transmissions resumed in June 7 1946. When the European Broadcasting Union was formed on February 1950, the BBC was one of it’s founding organizations.
Widely acclaimed for its quality programming they were awarded a second television channel BBC2 in 1964, In the same year the BBC Radio also was split into Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4. As well as the four national radio channels, a series of local radio stations were also established.
Ever since the beginning the BBC has been on the cultural forefront and has been the home of many important programs that have left a mark in the world. Series such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Doctor Who, Tonight, Pot Black and I, Claudius.
Presently the BBC has presence all over the world. And it is one of the most respected and important broadcasting services. In our sections we will give you a BBC Backstage tour to its many locations through out the UK.