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"The voices of London": The BBC World Service in Portugal & Brazil

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River Room, King's College London, Strand Campus

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The BBC’s Portuguese and Brazilian service was founded in 1938 and has since served an important role in providing news, information and analysis for Portuguese-speaking audiences throughout the world.

During World War II, Portuguese and Brazilian journalists in London broadcast news to their home countries about the Allies, breaking the rules imposed by national censorship committees. Later, in the 70s, close to the end of the Portuguese dictatorship, the BBC transmitted news that the regime sought to conceal. Journalists who would become well known on Portuguese radio and television went through their professional training in the “Portuguese service”.

In collaboration with the RTP Museum and King’s Brazil Institute, the Camões Centre presents a multimedia exhibition about the historical importance of the BBC’s Portuguese Service and the centre will hold a discussion with journalists and members of the Portuguese and Brazilian communities who lived in London during the 70s. With this event, Camões wishes to evoke the cultural service provided by King’s College London to the Portuguese speaking community, over a century.

This discussion, accompanying the exhibition, will feature contributions from Brazillian author Ana Maria Machado and Daniel Mandur Thomaz, University of Oxford.

The exhibition runs 11-13 October at Strand Campus and no booking is required.


Image: “the Voices of London”. Pamphlet produced by the BBC to be distributed in Portugal, 1941, courtesy of RTP Museum



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