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Author Holland, Patricia, 1936-

Title Broadcasting and the NHS in the Thatcherite 1980s : the challenge to public service / Patricia Holland
Published Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
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Contents Prologue: Echoes of the 1980s -- Introduction: Thatcherism, the Public and Writing Broadcasting History -- PART I: PROGRAMMES AND CHRONOLOGY 1927 -- 1970 -- 1. Myths of Origin: Public Service or the Road to Serfdom? -- PART II: PROGRAMMES AND CHRONOLOGY 1970 -- 1980 -- 2. Freedom and the Public: Campaigner, Participant, Consumer -- 3. Broadcasting into the 1980s -- PART III: PROGRAMMES AND CHRONOLOGY 1979 -- 1983 -- 4. Restructuring Social Class -- 5. From Needs to Wants: Restructuring Audiences, Restructuring Patients -- 6. Your Life in Whose Hands? Restructuring Professionals -- PART IV: PROGRAMMES AND CHRONOLOGY 1983 -- 1987 -- 7. The Third Age and the Fresh Winds of Market Forces: Restructuring Broadcasting -- 8 Griffiths, Peacock and Restructuring Public Service -- 9. Aids and 'the public' at Risk -- PART V: PROGRAMMES AND CHRONOLOGY 1986 -- 1990 -- 10. Who's the Casualty? Popular Programmes -- 11. The NHS and Third Term Politics -- 12. 'Quality' and the Broadcasting White Paper -- Postscript: Public Service or Kitemark?
Summary The very idea of 'public service' came under fierce attack in the Thatcherite 1980s. This book takes the two key services, broadcasting and the NHS, and traces the heated debates and political pressures which radically transformed them both. It points to the parallels between them, and describes issues of health, sickness and the provision of medical care as they were reflected in the radio and television output. Across a wide range of programming, from popular drama to investigative journalism, the book captures the mood of the decade as it traces the politics of the NHS, from the Winter of Discontent to the Aids crisis; and the politics of broadcasting, from the coming of Channel Four to the increasing government attacks on the BBC. Concluding in 1990 with two pivotal Acts of Parliament, Broadcasting and the NHS in the Thatcherite 1980s traces the roots of the present crisis in the public services
Bibliography "Programme references": pages 220-227
Includes bibliographical references (pages 228-237) and index
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Subject Great Britain. National Health Service -- History.
Broadcasting policy -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Broadcasting -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Public broadcasting -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Socialism -- Great Britain -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0230282377
1137313226 (electronic bk.)
9781137313225 (electronic bk.)