BBC Sport in Black and White

  • Richard Haynes

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  11. Back Matter
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About this book


This book provides the first detailed account of the formative decades of BBC televised sport when it launched its flagship programmes Sportsview, Grandstand and Match of the Day. Based on extensive archival research in the BBC’s written archives and interviews with leading producers, editors and commentators of the period, it provides a ‘behind-the-scenes’ narrative history of this major institution of British cultural life. In 2016 the BBC celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its television coverage of England’s World Cup victory. Their coverage produced one of the most oft-played moments in the history of television, Kenneth Wolstenholme’s famous line: ‘Some people are on the pitch, they think it’s all over … it is now!’ as Geoff Hurst scored England’s fourth goal, securing England’s 4-2 victory. It was a landmark in English football as well as a watershed in the BBC’s highly professionalised approach to televised sport. How the BBC reached this peak of television expertise, and who was behind their success in developing the techniques of televised sport, is the focus of this book.



Twentieth century Cultural history Television Social history Broadcasting Britain broadcasting England history media media studies social history social science sociology television

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard Haynes
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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts & HumanitiesUniversity of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-45499-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-45501-7
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