The ABC of transnational radio

John Anthony Tebbutt

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This article looks at a number of radio stylesfarm broadcasting, spoken word programming, and newsthat traverse various time periods on the ABC, from the perspective of their transnational histories. Discussing examples of these styles, it canvasses what a transnational approach could bring to writing the history of the ABC. This envisaged transnational history is briefly contrasted to the best known and nationally focused ABC history, Inglis s This is the ABC (1983). However, my purpose is neither to critique Inglis s account nor to argue for a better history that gets to a true identity . Rather I suggest we need an approach that helps us understand how concepts such as nation , public service and modernity shape the institution s presence both as a broadcaster and a cultural institution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3 - 15
Number of pages13
JournalCommunication, Politics & Culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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