WNYC Presents: 100 Years of the BBC

In November of 1922, BBC radio first crackled into the homes of Londoners, who heard a brief news and weather report – read twice so listeners could take notes. Over the next century, the BBC would expand far beyond news and become one of the world’s preeminent forces in arts and cultural programming. It’s now the world’s largest broadcaster, beloved by NPR listeners and carried in countries around the world, where it provides programming in languages from Arabic to Yoruba. Its story is chronicled in the new book “The BBC: A Century On Air,” written by David Hendy, a media historian and former BBC producer.

Hendy will join Alison Stewart, host of WNYC’s live daily arts and culture show, All Of It, for a special hour-long program exploring the history of the BBC. Listeners will hear sound from reporters on the beaches during D-Day, Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, the rise of the Beatles, and popular BBC radio and television programs of the past – as well as a glimpse of the broadcaster behind the scenes through oral histories from producers who worked at the organization.

Tune in for a sound-rich conversation about the history of a media organization that half a billion listeners around the world depend on. This one is for both public radio nerds and anyone who is interested in how media can shape our environment.

Elements of this special that could be considered triggering are potential discussions of war, and a legacy of racism and sexual misconduct.


Alison Stewart
Alison Stewart is host of All Of It with Alison Stewart, WNYC’s daily live afternoon program about culture and the culture in and around New York City. She is also the host of the monthly book club GET LIT WITH ALL OF IT, a partnership with The New York Public Library. Stewart began her media career shortly after graduating from Brown University as a producer/reporter for MTV News’ breakthrough presidential campaign coverage “Choose or Lose”–which earned her a Peabody Award. She has spent more than two decades reporting and has anchored her own news programs on NPR, PBS, ABC and MSNBC including NPR’s digital news program Bryant Park Project and the first season of TED Radio Hour. She’s a contributor with The Atlantic LIVE and PBS NewsHour and the author of two books; FIRST CLASS: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School and JUNK: Digging Through America’s Love Affair With Stuff.

Alison identifies as a black woman, and if necessary, uses she/her pronouns.


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Preview audio available: October 17, 2022
Promo spot available: October 24, 2022
Program rundown available: October 17, 2022
Date content will be uploaded: October 30, 2022


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October 31, 2022 - December 9, 2022

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Affiliate stations may carry this program multiple times before December 10, 2022. The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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