The British Broadcasting Company, known as the BBC Radio , is located in Regent Street, London since 1992. During the Second World War the BBC became the most important source of information in Great Britain and worldwide.
The BBC has given voice to important political figures, such as Winston Churchill and members of the Royal family. At the beginning of the history, the BBC was set out to inform, educate and entertain.
During the war the role of BBC Radio was particularly important for Italy, Germany and France because in these countries Nazi and Fascist propaganda banned the circulation of information. During 1953 Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation was the shot in the arm that gave rise to televised news journalism as we know it today.
Twenty million British citizens watched Her Majesty Coronation through a small black lit electric box in their living rooms. The Coronation marked the first time in broadcast history that demand for television exceeded that for Radio. The BBC’s first Director-General Lord Reith, was responsible for the shape and direction of the early BBC.
Since 1941, the year in which Charles de Gaulle, French general and statesman, leader of the Free French during World War Two and the architect of the Fifth Republic, spoke on the radio, a lot of things at the BBC have changed: “I did nine months training before I qualified for my job; now in the digital age they do two weeks training”, said Pam Taylor, a BBC Radio technician for Sound, that we met for a BBC radio tour.
She continued to say that nowadays working in this agency is very difficult because they need more computers and less people, so the social structure of the BBC has changed during the last few years. Among these changes, the most evident interests the architecture of the building.
Last year just behind the historical building ( BBC Broadcasting House ) a new office was built. Inside there are modern designs mostly by Italian designers. But there is a sector who speaks Italian: the Guglielmo Marconi’room (25 April 1874-20July1937).Without Marconi’s telegraphic pioneering, the would be no Radio no Television, and no BBC.
But it was the BBC that took ispiration from those early broadcasts out of Marconi’s Chelmsford factory and admittedly over some considerable period of time and experimentation created what we today understand as broadcasting.
Today the story is changed, time away, and there are only the memories and old photos in black and white on the walls. Inside the BBC Radio, there are beautiful furniture, smart and expensive. Many areas now have technology, the computers, technology have taken the place of the people, but not their voice, at least for now.
We ask ourselves how can an armchair be worth more than a person. Why is there this waste? It would be better to keep the staff and spare on the decorations. In spite of this, the BBC remains a stalwart of the global media-scape. Relied upon by millions for the latest news and opinion across the continents of the world.But it must be said that the crisis of recent years has sent home many people, and in the corridors of the BBC radio you can see more computers that people.
In July 2011, the Guardian newspaper underlined that the BBC World Service had cut 387 positions after its Government funding was slashed; in addition, in an attempt to reach £89 million cost savings annually, the World Service and the BBC News merged, with up to 1000 journalists losing their jobs.
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