Monthly Archives: October 2014

BBC World Service’s new all-female programme

Spotted thanks to the Sound Women:


later this month the BBC World Service will start a new all-female programme, The Conversation:


The BBC World Service is launching a new weekly programme with an all-female line up. The Conversation starts on Monday 27 October (2030 GMT). Each week the programme will explore the success stories of two women from around the world who work in similar fields, through a conversation hosted by the BBC’s Kim Chakanetsa.


While the fields of experience have expanded substantially, this kind of programming has a genealogy that stretches back at least to the 1930s.  Lilian van der Goot, who co-founded the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, (and herself ran a long-running programme called “Een kort gesprek van vrouw tot vrouw” [A short chat from woman to woman] on the Dutch AVRO) claimed to have been inspired by such programming –  on the BBC overseas service.  She specifically mentioned Olive Shapley’s “Miner’s Wives,” in which miner’s wives from France and Britain found common ground in their shared experiences.

Will be very curious to hear the new show!

Entangled Media Histories seminar in Lund

Alexander Badenoch

So the end of this last week I was on the road again for the first time in a while.  It began with a trip to visit the Department of Media and Communication at Lund Unversity, specifically the Media History group, where I was invited to give a seminar in their seminar on Cold War history.  Lund is one of three partners in the Entangled Media Project (together with Centre for Media History at Bournemouth Unversity and  Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research, Research Centre for the History of Broadcasting in Northern Germany, Hamburg) that explores transnational entanglements in media history.

In short, my kinda folks.

I got to share a platform with Marie Cronqvist who was presenting exciting new research on the television exchanges between Sweden and the German Democratic Republic during the Cold War.  My talk “Translating women: the entangled networks of radio…

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