BBC’s Wednesday magazine and arts television for women

Mary Irwin

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-177
JournalMedia History
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2015

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