To Serve the People

To Serve the People

John Whitney
Distribution: Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, United Arab Emirates, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangl
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Format: Hardback 1 b&w illus
ISBN: 978-0-861-96710-0
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In 1982, a time of new and unprecedented challenges for television and radio, John Whitney became Director General of London's Independent Broadcasting Authority. During Whitney’s tenure at IBA, the organization clashed with the government over the program Death on the Rock about the killing of three IRA terrorists in Gibraltar, oversaw the battle between the BBC and Thames Television for possession of the rights to Dallas, acted as "honest broker" during the financial crisis at Independent Television News, and faced the impact of the Peacock Committee Report, which marked a turning point in broadcasting policy and signaled a decisive shift toward the construction of a market framework for the delivery of broadcast services. To Serve the People draws from Whitney’s experience during these challenging times.

Author Bio

John Whitney was Director General of the Independent Broadcasting Authority from 1982 to 1989. He then held numerous posts within broadcasting and was Chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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