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Across the WavesHow the United States and France Shaped the International Age of Radio$
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Derek W. Vaillant

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041419

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041419.001.0001

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We Won’t Always Have Paris

We Won’t Always Have Paris

U.S. Networks in France and Europe, 1932–41

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(p.31) 2 We Won’t Always Have Paris
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Across the Waves
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Derek W. Vaillant

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041419.003.0003

This chapter follows the establishment of the first permanent U.S. network radio bureaus in Europe, and the work of the National Broadcasting Company’s (NBC) European Representative, Fred Bate, and his colleagues, including César Saerchinger and Edward R. Murrow, as they developed transatlantic radio broadcast journalism. Throughout the 1930s, Bate and others surmounted obstacles of techno-aesthetic difference in radio production, continental political upheaval, ideological differences, censorship, and resource scarcity, to transform transatlantic broadcasts from shaky experiments into a reliable information conduit for listeners following global events. Such struggles made it possible for transatlantic broadcasting to report the February riots of 1934, the Anschluss, Munich crisis, and the Battle of Britain.

Keywords:   Fred Bate, NBC, CBS, Edward R. Murrow, broadcast news, PTT, Munich, Anschluss, Battle of Britain, news roundup, BBC

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