BBC’s Wednesday magazine and arts television for women

Irwin, Mary (2015) BBC’s Wednesday magazine and arts television for women. Media History, 21 (2). pp. 162-177. ISSN 1368-8804

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Wednesday Magazine (1958- 63) was an innovative BBC television afternoon arts and culture strand produced by the specialist BBC women’s programme unit, which had been built up and nurtured by the first dedicated head of women’s programmes Doreen Stephens, who was appointed in 1953. Stephens was responsible for the development of a diverse and extensive range of women’s programming; highly ambitious in the offering that it presented to its female viewers. This article will examine the series Wednesday Magazine exploring the wealth of arts and culture items broadcast, whilst considering the programme’s significance in critical histories of both women’s programming and arts television. The article will also make an intervention into historical debates around what constituted women’s television in Britain.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Media History on 2nd April 2015, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wednesday Magazine, women’s television, Doreen Stephens, arts television, BBC
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Mary Irwin
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 12:04
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:32

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