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Extending access of information, education and entertainment in the developing economies: broadcast technologies in the British Empire, 1951-1962

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JournalJournal of International Development
DatePublished - Oct 2012
Issue number7
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)922-945
Original languageEnglish


This paper builds on previous work published in this journal by considering the historical roots of poverty in relation to the denial or otherwise of access to the information made available by radio technology. The case study is that of the British Empire in the early post-war years. New dimensions of access that are developing economy sensitive are presented and evaluated. We find that the colonial legacy of radio broadcast is significantly correlated with the diffusion and adoption of radio technologies in subsequent years and that this in terms was largely the reflection of geo-political considerations. Differential access to information has its roots in the colonial historical past.

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