‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and Wales

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‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and Wales. / Medhurst, Jamie.

In: Twentieth Century British History, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2008, p. 217-233.

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Medhurst, Jamie. / ‘Minorities with a Message’: The Beveridge Report on Broadcasting (1949–1951) and Wales. In: Twentieth Century British History. 2008 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 217-233.

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