Listener Historical Archive

The Listener was a weekly publication, established by the BBC in 1929 as the medium for reproducing radio – and later, television – programs in print. It is our only record and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. With major contributors including E. M. Forster, George Orwell and Bertrand Russell, it also provided an important platform for new writers and poets; W. H. Auden, Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin being notable examples.

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