Both the US and British radio industries started at approximately the same time in 1922. As a result of the significantly different size of each nation, the US radio industry grew fastest: the number of broadcasting licences issued by the US Department of Commerce rose from 30 in 1922 to 556 in the following year. In the UK, the number of licences was severely restricted and eventually ended with radio broadcasting in the control of the British Broadcasting Company, subsequently the BBC. This was entirely consistent with the political policies of the government of the day, which was to exercise firm control of what it recognised could become a powerful medium.
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