'Behind the Screen' and 'The Scoop'

The article reports on a case study that highlights difficulties in coordinating the cross-media publication and broadcasting of crime fiction in the early 1930s in UK. The author discusses the emerging practice in relation to media publishing and copyright issues. During this period, the media related professional bodies played a key role in negotiating the fee levels for different publications with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) while the literary agents were concerned more about the copyrights. The unrealistic demands of broadcasting and the uncompetitive rates of BBC attracted criticism from the then authors. The editorial intervention in their writings in the name of censorship, royalties and BBC's imposition of its policies and regulations on those authors are discussed.