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Dead Girls Tell No Tales – equal pay, hidden histories and character assassination at the BBC

One of the great legends of British broadcasting history is that the popular BBC soap opera “The Archers” killed off its heroine Grace Archer in a dramatic fire in its early years – supposedly not coincidentally with the launch of the BBC’s commercial rival ITV.  Now, at age 90, the actress Ysanne Churchman, has offered a more mundane and all-too-familiar explanation, that has been now been adapted into a fascinating radio docudrama.  It centred, among other things, around a demand for equal pay….

Check out the BBC news report on the story, and listen while you can here.

Women’s voices online at the Austrian mediatheque

The Austrian mediatheque has just opened a new online exhibition devoted to women’s voices in honour of International Woman’s Day.  Drawing on a large number of documents in Austrian archives, it explores a number of themes, from eras defined by the World Wars.

While drawing on Austrian archives, it is important to note that the exhibit and its voices are not at all limited to Austria.  Eleanor Roosevelt, among many other famous women, is featured as well.

While the exhibition is not limited to radio, there is also a fascinating section devoted to radio voices:

The site is mostly in German, but an English description can be found  at Europeana Sounds

Listening to Voices of Romani Women Writers a Way to Challenge the Western Myths about “Gypsies”


This article explores different ways in which Romani people have been misrepresented in the Western literature. To challenge these representations and re-claim voices of Romani people, the article discusses the importance of works by Romani women writers such as Papusza and Hedina Tahirović Sijerčić.

Listening to Voices of Romani Women Writers a Way to Challenge the Western Myths about “Gypsies”

Written by Salome Kokoladze

Dominant power structures are not always working in explicit, violent ways. Sometimes, it is more effective to use subtle tools of oppression that crawl into our everyday lives without us realizing it. In addition to different kinds of oppression that Romani people have been facing, it is also through literature or art that their oppression is perpetuated and systematized. Only in Britain, since the beginning of 20th century, 351 novels, 199 plays, and 133 ballads have been written that represent implicitly or explicitly Romani characters.[1]

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Talking while female

Check out this piece from NPR….

WATCH THIS SPACE: WREN workshop in Bournemouth 14-15 November

The WREN workshop is now underway!  Bournemouth’s Centre for Media History is hosting WREN workshop, where we are coming together to plot our next move.    In now-traditional WREN style, this began with an excellent curry:


Kate Murphy gives dhosa instructions….

In addition to group discussions for future plans, Friday afternoon will feature an open panel discussion about the key issues we are seeking to address.

Friday 14 November 2014

14.00 – 15.30 in W240

(Screening Room, Weymouth House)

In Conversation with WREN

Women have played a key role in the general development of radio, both as listeners and producers, and still continue to play a vital role in the contemporary radio landscape.

Join our international panel for a discussion about WREN research and women’s contribution to radio.

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Maria Williams, Sound Women
  • Caroline Mitchell, Sunderland University
  • Nazan Haydari, Istanbul Bilgi University
  • Carolyn Birdsall, University of Amsterdam

Watch this space for more soon….

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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Sounding out!

Welcome to the brand-new web presence of the brand-new Women’s Radio in Europe Network!

We are a new and growing initiative of the Tensions of Europe network.   We had our opening meeting October 4-5 at the Tensions meeting in Copenhagen, and are now developing our research agenda, our network and, of course, this site.

Stay tuned for more!