Dr Laurel Forster hosts Southern Broadcasting History Group meeting at University of Portsmouth

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Dr Laurel Forster of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries was pleased to host the Southern Broadcasting History Group (SBHG) at the University of Portsmouth‘s Eldon Building in April 2017.

SBHG is a group of eminent broadcast history scholars from universities in the Southern region, who discuss current research and support ongoing projects and publications.

The group comprises university professors as well as industry professionals from the BFI and the BBC. Presentations were given by Professor Jonathan Bignell on his AHRC funded Harold Pinter Project and by Professor Hugh Chignell on Pinter’s influence on radio drama. Talks were also given on Channel 4 and race (Dr Sally Shaw) and Dennis Mitchell’s 1950s documentaries (Dr Ieuan Franklin). The work of the group is to support research projects, collaborative working and grant applications. Our aim is to bring a range of archival broadcast media to greater attention.

Dr Laurel Forster said of the event:

“Because we held our meeting in Portsmouth, group members addressed reports of early TV viewing practices in our local daily press, and used the theme of ‘sea’ to debate televised war reportage from Portsmouth docks, WW2 WRNS recruitment films and other maritime topics such as seaside holiday advertising and early underwater filming.”

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