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Reflections on the Past, Questions of the Future--Public Service Broadcasting: A Case Study of The Bahamas Broadcasting System,
Unformatted Document Text:  10 p.m. Between 1942 and 1945 the station increased its operation to five hours of broadcasting which included from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. relay of BBC news, 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. lunch music and BBC news and signing on 5:45 in the afternoon to relay news bulletins and talk shows from BBC. The station signed-off at 10 p.m. 21 These increases in hours of operation were a considerable expansion of the station’s service compared to the two-hour broadcasts before the war. Also, by the 1940s the tide of harsh criticism against the station had begun its abatement. In August 1943, ZNS gained favor with its public with the production of a series of Out Island educational programs. A nightly program, “Calling the Out Islands,” was well received by Bahamians. 22 By the end of the war, ZNS had expanded its broadcasting facilities and increased its hours of service and the quality of its programming. Most significantly, it had developed programs specifically for the Out Islands, its first main audience. 23 The program improvements in the 1940s also came about because of several key factors: the governor of The Bahamas, the director of telecommunications and the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement. In 1942, then governor, the Duke of Windsor, who had relocated to The Bahamas after giving up the British crown, requested improvements in the station’s programs. 24 As a result, throughout the war years ZNS helped to create a sense of community and nationhood among the residents of the colony, and it became a source of civic pride in the Out Islands. Through its broadcasts, ZNS helped educate Bahamians about responsible government, informed them about their existing government, instituted the changes of colonial government and emphasized its relationship to Great Britain. The 1942 request for improvements also came about because the director of telecommunications, Allan Hodgson, had asked the governor and the legislature for nearly £11,000 to relocate the station, improve the telephone circuit with Miami, provide new equipment, and increase the station’s power. The need to improve the technical performance of

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p.m. Between 1942 and 1945 the station increased its operation to five hours of broadcasting
which included from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. relay of BBC news, 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. lunch
music and BBC news and signing on 5:45 in the afternoon to relay news bulletins and talk shows
from BBC. The station signed-off at 10 p.m.
21
These increases in hours of operation were a
considerable expansion of the station’s service compared to the two-hour broadcasts before the
war. Also, by the 1940s the tide of harsh criticism against the station had begun its abatement. In
August 1943, ZNS gained favor with its public with the production of a series of Out Island
educational programs. A nightly program, “Calling the Out Islands,” was well received by
Bahamians.
22
By the end of the war, ZNS had expanded its broadcasting facilities and increased
its hours of service and the quality of its programming. Most significantly, it had developed
programs specifically for the Out Islands, its first main audience.
23
The program improvements in the 1940s also came about because of several key factors:
the governor of The Bahamas, the director of telecommunications and the North American
Regional Broadcasting Agreement. In 1942, then governor, the Duke of Windsor, who had
relocated to The Bahamas after giving up the British crown, requested improvements in the
station’s programs.
24
As a result, throughout the war years ZNS helped to create a sense of
community and nationhood among the residents of the colony, and it became a source of civic
pride in the Out Islands. Through its broadcasts, ZNS helped educate Bahamians about
responsible government, informed them about their existing government, instituted the changes
of colonial government and emphasized its relationship to Great Britain.
The 1942 request for improvements also came about because the director of
telecommunications, Allan Hodgson, had asked the governor and the legislature for nearly
£11,000 to relocate the station, improve the telephone circuit with Miami, provide new
equipment, and increase the station’s power. The need to improve the technical performance of


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