Date of Award

Spring 4-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Wendy Singer

Second Advisor

Austin Porter


In 1934, the British colonial Government of India (GOI) contacted the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about refashioning their state-run broadcasting station, the Indian State Broadcasting Service. The conversations and debates between the GOI and the BBC resulted in the advent of All India Radio, a public service broadcasting network that is still in existence today. All India Radio’s creation and introduction presented a paradox in the context of late colonial India. Because on the one hand, radio was a new, modern technology in the 1930s and corporations, like the BBC, were being created throughout the world. Therefore, this thesis argues that British policymakers and BBC officials employed modern technology to institute a broadcasting service that ultimately functioned in a not-so-modern way, demonstrating some of the lingering contradictions inherent in a colonial system.

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