ERIC Number: ED081208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov-8
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Education and BBC Local Radio: A Combined Operation.
Education has been a significant preoccupation of the British Broadcasting Company's (BBC) Local Radio since its outset in 1967. Several features are noteworthy. First, there is an educator on every station's staff. Five hundred series a year, involving 4000 various programs, are offered, and audiences are large and educational efforts still growing. Second, there is a partnership between education and broadcasting. Teachers work with stations and stations cooperate with teacher training institutions and Teachers' Centers. Third, local programing dominates. The School Broadcasting Council for the United Kingdom vests responsibility for programing in Local Education Panels; local needs are assessed and programs directed at them. Fourth, benefits to the classroom derive from bringing voices from the community to students, by allowing children to express their opinions on familiar topics, and by showing students the outside world. Fifth, adult education is served because students are attracted to programs of which they were previously unaware. All in all, the BBC Local Radio effort helps technology to serve eduation. It is accessible to the public, blurs the distinction between producer and user, and fosters the belief that radio is a facility to be used by the community. (PB)
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Authoring Institution: British Broadcasting Corp., London (England).