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Mary Adams and the producer’s role in early BBC science broadcasts

Jones, Allan (2012). Mary Adams and the producer’s role in early BBC science broadcasts. Public Understanding of Science, 21(8) pp. 968–983.

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Mary Adams was a science producer at the BBC from 1930–6. She is shown to have played a crucial role in shaping science broadcasts, in particular devising formats and styles of presentation. However, her approach is shown to have been primarily motivated by broadcasting considerations rather than by the popularisation of science. Through her interaction with scientists she helped to construct a new professional domain, that of the science-broadcasting professional, at a time when other producers were creating analogous roles in other areas of broadcasting. This paper is based largely on unpublished archival documents.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISSN: 0963-6625
Keywords: media and science; media representations; popularisation of science; public understanding of science; science communication; science education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 29108
Depositing User: Allan Jones
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 08:51
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 23:07
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