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


This chapter draws together many of the themes discussed earlier. It reviews the work and achievements of the various directors of Variety against the background of the times in which they worked. Dibbs suggests that, despite having a strong informative and educative role, the BBC always took the work of entertaining the nation seriously even if there was, for much of the time, areas of contention which needed to be constantly monitored. He shows that by the end of the period, despite its decline in importance and with a younger generation of writers and artists, the Variety Department was still able to serve a much-diminished audience looking for light entertainment on radio before the evening’s entertainment on television began.

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  • Martin Dibbs
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  1. 1.Kingsbarns, St AndrewsUK

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