Introduction: During the war, media was everywhere, on lampposts, in shops, anywhere a person went they would see propaganda all around them. The media got into people's lives; it influenced them and cheered them up. It also told people about recent events, it kept them informed.
Media took many forms in the war; there was radio, cinema, newspapers and posters. Television had no part in the war since the BBC went offline at the beginning of the war.
The government's main use of the media was to raise morale throughout Britain. The population had to be happy so they could produce enough in the factories or out on the farms. The public were also needed to support the war because if the government had a country full of people opposed to the war they would not be able to carry on.
Radio: Every night people all over Britain were at home because of the blackout.
So for entertainment they turned to the radio. This was the main tool of the government for information on the war and to boost the country's moral.
The government also used the radio to get coded messages to their spies all over Europe. All shows were scripted; no one wanted a password or message given by mistake. There would be a man with an official copy of the script, checking everything that was said. If someone did say something they weren't supposed to the show would be cut immediately. The BBC did the censorship themselves.
To cheer up the nation the BBC created a programme called 'It's that man again' or ITMA. It was named after a Daily Express headline about Hitler. It was on every Thursday, between 8:30 and 9:00pm. The show was based around a Liverpool born comedian called Tommy Handly. The other...