Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service
The Tuning In project analyses diasporic contact zones at the BBC World Service. Since 1932, the World Service (formerly the Empire Service) has provided a mediated home from home for the worldwide British diaspora in English. Audiences for its 31 foreign language services (radio; internet; digital; Arabic and Persian TV stations) also include diverse diaspora populations. In addition, as an insitution the World Service has long been a contact zone for diasporic (including exilic and refugee) staff reflecting the intellectual, cultural and political sensitivities and fluidity of the audiences they serve.
A number of vantage points have been used to illuminate the experience and influence of diasporas on the professional sensibilities, working practices and broadcast output of the BBC World Service:
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