The Crumbling Empire
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the UK’s public-service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London.
It is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.
On the 1st January 1927 the British Broadcasting Company becomes the British Broadcasting Corporation, when it is granted a Royal Charter. Sir John Reith becomes the first Director-General.
In May 1932 the BBC moves to broadcasting house in London outgrowing its studios at Savoy Hill.
December 1932 King George V was the first British monarch to broadcast on radio. The ground breaking moment was used to inaugurate the start of BBC Empire Service, forerunner to today’s BBC World Service, and the King’s voice was heard for the first time by millions simultaneously.