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Making Waves Behind BarsThe Prison Radio Association$
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Charlotte Bedford

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203363

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203363.001.0001

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Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: The PRA and the BBC

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting: The PRA and the BBC

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Making Waves Behind Bars

Charlotte Bedford

Policy Press

This chapter examines a partnership project in the West Midlands region which developed prison radio beyond Radio Feltham. It particularly analyses the role of the BBC in the process and the impact of the activity on establishing and formalising the Prison Radio Association (PRA). Developed through the combined influence of national broadcaster and independent prison radio activity, the chapter argues that the PRA is representative of new forms of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) within changing media and institutional environments, achieved in partnership, and demonstrating the enduring importance of PSB values. It is evident that the partnerships and relationships forged during this period played a major role in the establishment and ongoing development of the PRA.

Keywords:   Public Service Broadcasting, PRA, BBC, Radio Feltham, Prison Radio Association, media, institutional environments

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