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Well produced high quality book about a building that's home to a great national institution and the UK's voice to the world.
on 24 June 2015
This is an excellent 'coffee table' book about the beginning of public service broadcasting and the building and subsequent development of London Broadcasting House, the home of BBC UK and World Service and now News, The BBC's local & National Centres are important, though you won't find them in this book, and shouldn't, given its title and cover. The Book is very well produced and well researched with high quality photographs and diagrams, some from the original "Broadcasting House" book published in 1932. It has some interesting cameos of some early contributors to the service, and the founding management ethos. The book translates the Latin inscription in the entrance foyer as "This temple of the arts and muses is dedicated to Almighty God by the first Governors of Broadcasting in the year 1931, Sir John Reith being Director-General. It is their prayer that good seed sown may bring forth a good harvest, that all things hostile to peace or purity may be banished from this house, and that people, inclining their ear to whatsoever things are beautiful and honest and of good report, may tread the path of wisdom and uprightness".
If you are interested in Public Service Broadcasting, where and how it started, giving such excellent value for us all this is the book for you.