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The Power of Radio and the Cold War

Speakers: Professor Lord Peter Hennessy, Mr. Phil Tinline, Dr. Hilary Footitt, Dr. Alban Webb; Chair: Professor Arne Westad
Wednesday 19 June 2013, 18:00-20:00, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields (LSE), Room LG.18

The Cold War was fought partly on the airwaves yet this radio battle has not until now received much historical analysis. In a special edition of the journal Cold War History prominent historians of radio and the Cold War publish their latest research. To mark the launch of the issue – entitled ‘Radio Wars’ – the editors of the journal organised a panel discussion of broadcasters and academics. The speakers considered how radio broadcasts and propaganda techniques changed during the Cold War and how broadcasters on both sides of the Iron Curtain tried to win hearts and minds. 

The speakers explored the role of radio in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and the BBC's attempts at anti-communist propaganda in France in the early Cold War.  The discussion also considered the use of audio archives and the making of history programmes for radio today.   

Copies of the special issue of Cold War History, edited by Dr Linda Risso, were distributed at the launch.

Directions to the venue can be accessed here: Map.




Professor Lord Peter Hennessy is a peer and Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London. 


Phil Tinline is a Producer for BBC Radio 4. He currently produces Document, Radio 4's investigative history programme.


Dr. Hilary Footitt is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Reading.


Dr. Alban Webb is a Research Fellow at the Open University.




Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS.




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