Kindergarten of the Air: from Australia to the world

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This article considers the radio programme for kindergarten-aged children that the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) launched during the Second World War and continued to broadcast until 1985. Kindergarten of the Air, thought to be the ‘first of its kind in the world’, was to inspire interest from, and similar programmes throughout, the British empire and beyond. The article examines the imperial and international broadcasting networks that enabled the exchange of ideas and initiatives within the field of educational broadcasting, and the export of one of Australia’s most successful radio initiatives, while also considering the willingness of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to be influenced by a dominion broadcaster.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-199
Number of pages21
JournalRadio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • children's radio
  • educational broadcasting
  • media history
  • radio history
  • public service broadcasting (European, BBC, Australia)
  • Australian Broadcasting Commission
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Australia


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